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

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

How short-term residents in Denmark can access Covid-19 vaccination
People with temporary stays in Denmark may qualify for coronavirus vaccination. File photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

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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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.”