Expected completion of Danish vaccination programme delayed by three weeks

Expected completion of Danish vaccination programme delayed by three weeks
A waiting room at a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Copenhagen. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
A delay in expected vaccine deliveries has resulted in Denmark revising its vaccination programme to now be completed three weeks later than previously targeted.

Health authorities now expects everyone who wishes to receive the Covid-19 vaccine to have been inoculated (with both doses where relevant) by July 18th, Danish media including national broadcaster DR reported on Friday.

The most recent plan for the roll-out of the vaccine in Denmark, published on February 26th, aimed to complete vaccinations by June 27th. That date has now been put back by three weeks.

A new version of the plan, with the later date, was sent to health spokespersons in parliament by the Ministry of Health. DR reports it has seen a copy of the email.

The change is due in part to delivery delays, according to DR’s report.

Additionally, the next two vaccines in line for approval – from Johnson & Johnson and Curevac – will not be ready for delivery before April and June respectively.

Meanwhile, the Danish Authority has now updated recommendations to approve the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people over 65.

A new version of the plan, with the later date, has now been published by the Danish Health Authority.

While the overall vaccination programme will be completed later, some groups will be offered vaccines earlier than under the previous version of the plan.

That includes the lowest-priority group 12, which encompasses people age 16-64 with no underlying health risks, close relations to at-risk people or critical societal job roles.

Vaccination of this group is now scheduled to commence in April. The previous start date was the beginning of May.

But priority groups 7-10 may now have to wait up to five weeks longer to receive their first jab.

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