“We have reached a milestone in vaccinations,” Magnus Heunicke wrote on Twitter. “One out of every ten Danes is either totally vaccinated or has started their vaccination.
“We still need to continue working to prevent infections and to maintain good habits, but with the fourth vaccine now on the way to Denmark, it’s now taken a distinct turn in the right direction.”
Vi har nået en vaccinationsmilepæl: 1 ud af 10 danskere er nu enten færdigvaccineret eller har påbegyndt vaccination. Vi skal fortsat smitteforebygge og huske de gode vaner, men med den fjerde vaccine på vej til Danmark går det bestemt den rette vej nu 💪#COVID19dk pic.twitter.com/Octqdfkvs1
— Magnus Heunicke (@Heunicke) March 14, 2021
The health minister’s morale-boosting tweet followed a week in when Denmark became the first country to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it said in a worst-case might push back its vaccination programme by four weeks.
Denmark has administered more doses per capita than any of the other countries covered by The Local’s network, according to statistics collected by Our World in Data, with Norway and Switzerland just behind it.
But the 14 doses the country has so far administered per 100,000 people still leaves it lagging far behind the UK, on 37 and Israel on 106.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the fourth to be used in Denmark, was approved for use in the EU on Thursday. This vaccine, unlike the previous three so far used in Denmark, required a single jab to be effective.
Denmark began its vaccination programme using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with the Moderna and AstraZeneca jabs becoming increasingly used in recent months.