What is Denmark’s current schedule for Covid-19 vaccination?

What is Denmark’s current schedule for Covid-19 vaccination?
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Everyone in Denmark who wants to be inoculated against Covid-19 will be given the chance to do so by June 27th, according to the current health authority plan.

The Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has set out a timescale and prioritisation for offering Covid-19 vaccines to the general population of the country.

According to latest figures from the authority, 320,908 people have so far received the first dose of the vaccination. Of these, 175,555 have also received a second dose.

The calendar for vaccination is regularly reviewed and updated depending on supply, expected approval of future vaccines and other factors which can affect the speed at which the country rolls out vaccination.

Some of the calendar (the ‘middle’ green colour in the below chart) sets out already planned vaccines with confirmed and secured, while the lightest green is contingent upon expected supply. The darkest green in the chart below represents vaccines already given.

The health authority most recently updated the schedule on Thursday, February 26th.

Graphic: Sundhedsstyrelsen (click to open in full size, new tab)

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What’s the order of prioritisation?

The prioritisation for vaccination as set out by the Danish Health Authority places people who live in care homes first in line for receiving the jab. Over 90 percent of all care home residents have received a first jab at the time of writing.

The next group is people over the age of 65 who receive living assistance at home. After that, people over the age of 85. According to health authority figures, 56 percent of people in the 85-89 age group have received a first vaccination, and 76 percent of people over 90 years old.

After this, the groups run as follows (scheduled dates as of February 26th, please note dates are approximate and based on readings of the Danish Health Authority calendar):

Category Estimated start of vaccinations (approx.) Estimated completion of vaccinations, including 2nd dose (approx.)
Health and social care workers in critical roles (commenced) April 12th
People in high risk groups due to existing health conditions (commenced) April 5th
Selected close contacts or vital carers for people in high risk groups (commenced) April 5th
People aged 80-84 March 8th April 19th
People aged 75-79 March 15th April 30th
People aged 65-74 April 1st May 17th
People under the age of 65 in higher risk groups due to existing health conditions April 12th May 17th
People in other critical societal roles April 19th May 24th
The remainder of the population, age 16-64 May 1st June 27th

Children under the age of 16 and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding will not be offered the vaccine unless medical assessment finds this to be necessary – for example in cases of serious disease.


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