Copenhagen to offer ‘leftover’ Covid-19 vaccines: Here’s how to sign up

People who live within the Greater Copenhagen health authority region can register on a daily waiting list to be offered one of a small number of unused Covid-19 vaccines at short notice.

Copenhagen to offer 'leftover' Covid-19 vaccines: Here’s how to sign up
A sign directing towards a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Copenhagen. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The scheme is an effort to prevent unused vaccines being wasted and was confirmed by the Region Hovedstaden (Greater Copenhagen) health authority on Tuesday.

Anyone with an address in the region can register for the waiting list, regardless of whether they have received an invitation for vaccination through the regular programme.

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If you are unsure whether you live in the Hovedstaden/Greater Copenhagen region, check the yellow public health insurance car (sygesikringskort in Danish). It will show the logo of the health authority under which your address comes.

The Hovedstaden/Greater Copenhagen Region encompasses all of the capital city and its environs along with northeastern Zealand, as well as Baltic Sea island Bornholm.

On average, 1-5 vaccines daily are left over at one of the region’s large vaccination centres, and large numbers of people are registering for the waiting list, according to the Region – so the chance of being offered vaccination through the route is not high.

You can register for the excess vaccines using the form on the website under the heading Tilmeld dig dagens liste (register for the daily list). Click the button marked ‘Tilmed dig dagens liste’ to register.

Registration is only valid for one day at a time, so you must re-register on each day you wish to be considered. You must also complete registration between midnight and 1:30pm on the relevant day.

The scheme is not intended for people who have already received a first dose of the virus.

As with the regular vaccination programme, older people will be given higher priority for the leftover vaccines.

Staff for the region will call you if you can be offered vaccination on a given day. The calls are likely to be made between 5pm and 8pm, but this can vary. You must be able to get to the vaccination centre within 30 minutes of receiving the call.

The region has decided to open its vaccine waiting list to all residents to “ensure that no vaccines are wasted” with deliveries and flow at vaccination centres speeding up, the health authority’s interim deputy director Helene Bliddal Døssing said in a statement.

“We hope more people will register for the waiting list when it is extended. Being on the waiting list is a chance to move forward in the queue, but it is no guarantee of being vaccinated, because only a few vaccines are left over,” she added.

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    I have already had the 1st vaccine in the uk but how do i go about getting the second one here

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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.”