Vaccinated people exempted from Danish Covid-19 testing guidelines

Vaccinated people exempted from Danish Covid-19 testing guidelines
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The Danish Health Authority no longer recommends people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 be tested regularly for the virus.

The authority confirmed the change to its guidelines via a statement.

“The risk of infecting others when you have been vaccinated and do not have symptoms of Covid-19 is very small. We therefore now recommend that vaccinated people no longer need to get tested regularly if they do not have symptoms,” Health Authority deputy director Helene Bilsted Probst said in the statement.

New studies have found that the risk of vaccinated, asymptomatic people transmitting the virus is very small.

“That means that, from a medical perspective, it is no longer necessary to be tested regularly if you are fully vaccinated,” the authority states.

Additionally, persons in higher risk groups for Covid-19 are no longer advised to avoid busy times in places like supermarkets, according to the updated recommendations.

They can also use public transport and take part in leisure activities without considering themselves at heightened risk, according to the health authority.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 18.8 percent of the population has received at least a first dose of the vaccine, while 8.9 percent are fully vaccinated, according to official data.

People in risk groups for more serious outcomes with Covid-19 have been amongst those given higher priority to receive inoculations.

The epidemic has been at a stable level in Denmark since mid-February, with the test positivity rate ranging between 0.3 and 0.5 percent.

As of the latest daily update on Wednesday, 194 people are currently hospitalised with Covid-19 nationally.

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