How short-term residents in Denmark can access Covid-19 vaccination

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How short-term residents in Denmark can access Covid-19 vaccination
Covid-vaccination af beboere og ansatte på en række plejehjem i Svendborg Kommune søndag den 3. januar 2021. Stenstrup Plejecenter. (Foto: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix)

People who are staying in Denmark temporarily for 30 days or more can be offered Covid-19 vaccination under the Danish health system.


Persons who are not permanent residents of the country can access coronavirus vaccination through the national inoculation programme even if they are not registered to the national health system, the Danish Health Authority confirmed in updated guidelines.

If you are staying in Denmark temporarily, you have the right to be vaccinated against Covid-19 even if you are not covered by the country’s national health insurance, which is free to all residents.

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Your temporary stay must fulfil two criteria, however: it must have an expected duration of over 30 days and must not have the purpose of obtaining vaccination.

If you think you fulfil these requirements, you should contact the regional health authority in the area in which you are staying once vaccination of your age or target group begins, or from May 17th if your group has already been offered vaccination.

Denmark has prioritised its vaccination programme based on factors including age, vulnerability to the virus and role as an essential carer or healthcare worker.


You can see the most recent English-language version of the vaccination calendar, which includes the various age and target groups here.

There are five regional health authorities in Denmark: Greater Copenhagen (Hovedstaden), Zealand (Sjælland), South Denmark (Syddanmark), Central Jutland (Midtjylland) and North Jutland (Nordjylland).

When you attend a vaccination appointment you should bring ID showing your name and date of birth so staff can check you are part of the relevant age group.

Your vaccination will be registered on a WHO international certificate of vaccination so that it can be used outside of Denmark as proof of vaccination.

Danish citizens who live in other countries can meanwhile return home to receive a Covid-19 vaccination if they are registered on the national healthcare system, according to the updated guidelines. Danes based abroad have not had a guarantee for accessing vaccination in their home country previously.

Not all Danes who live abroad will qualify for vaccination in Denmark, however – many do not retain the yellow health insurance card when they register as having moved abroad.

But there are a number of situations – for example, people who live in the EU or who live abroad and work in Denmark – in which access to the health system in Denmark is retained and a special health insurance card (sygesikringskort) is issued.

People with such registrations will receive notification from health authorities when their target or age group is being offered vaccines, provided they have a NemID, the national system for secure digital post, according to the health authority guidelines. Those without a NemID should contact their relevant regional health authority when vaccination of their age or target group commences.

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