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

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.

What is Denmark’s current schedule for Covid-19 vaccination?
Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

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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IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?

The number of new Covid-19 infections fell on Saturday for the second day in a row, following a three-day plateau at the start of last week. Has the omicron wave peaked?

IN NUMBERS: Has the Omicron Covid-19 wave peaked in Denmark?
Graffiti in the Copenhagen hippy enclave of Christiania complaining of Omicron's impact on Christmas. Photo: Philip Davali/Scanpix

How many cases, hospitalisations and deaths are there in Denmark? 

Denmark registered 12,588 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, down from the 18,261 registered on in the day leading up to Friday at 2pm, which was itself a decline from the record 28,283 cases recorded on Wednesday. 

The cases were identified by a total of 174,517 PCR tests, bringing the positive percentage to 7.21 percent, down from the sky high rates of close to 12 percent seen in the first few days of January. 

The number of cases over the past seven days is lower than the week before in almost every municipality in Denmark, with only Vallensbæk, Aarhus, Holseterbro, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Vordingborg,  Ringkøbing, Kolding, Assens, Horsens, Thisted, and Langeland reporting rises. 

Hospitalisations have also started to fall, with some 730 patients being treated for Covid-10 on Saturday, down from 755 on Friday. On Tuesday, 794 were being treated for Covid-19 in Danish hospitals, the highest number since the peak of the 2020-21 winter wave.

The only marker which has not yet started to fall is the number of deaths, which tends to trail infections and hospitalisations. 

In the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Saturday, Denmark registered 28 deaths with Covid-19, the highest daily number recorded since 20 January 2021, when 29 people died with Covid-19 (although Denmark’s deadliest day was the 19 January 2021, when 39 people died). 

How does Denmark compare to other countries in Europe? 

Over the last seven days, Denmark has had the highest Covid-19 case rate of any country in Europe bar Ireland. The number of new infections in the country has climbed steadily since the start of December, apart from a brief fall over Christmas. 

So does this mean the omicron wave has peaked? 

Maybe, although experts are not sure. 

“Of course, you can hope for that, but I’m not sure that is the case,” said Christian Wejse, head of the Department for Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital. “I think it is too early to conclude that the epidemic has peaked.”

He said that patients with the Omicron variant were being discharged more rapidly on average than had been the case with those who had the more dangerous Delta variant. 

“Many admissions are relatively short-lived, thankfully. This is because many do not become that il, and are largely hospitalized because they are suffering with something else. And if they are stable and do not need oxygen, then they are quickly discharged again.” 

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to an event held by the Social Liberal party that the latest numbers made her even more optimistic about the coming month. 

“We have lower infection numbers and the number of hospitalisations is also plateauing,” she said. “I think we’re going to get through this winter pretty well, even if it will be a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are beginning to see the spring ahead of us, so I’m actually very optimistic.” 

She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.”