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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
People demonstrate against planned deportations of Syrian refugees at Copenhagen's City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen). Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines can now be chosen voluntarily

A new scheme comes into use today allowing people being vaccinated against Covid-19 to choose to have the vaccine from either AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.

The vaccines from the two companies have both been withdrawn by Danish health authorities from the national vaccination programme. Only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are in general use in Denmark, which currently expects to complete vaccination of its population by the end of August.

But it will be possible to choose to have either the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which Denmark still has stocks of.

Keep an eye on our website for more detail on this today.

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Immigration minister to visit site of new expulsion centre

Minister for immigration Mattias Tesfaye is scheduled today to visit the location on the southern island of Langeland where the government plans to open a new facility to house foreign nationals who have been convicted of crimes and are awaiting deportation from Denmark.

The new centre was announced by the government yesterday.

The local mayor, Tonni Hansen of the Socialist People’s Party, has already expressed strong opposition to the plan, broadcaster DR reported. Tesfaye will also meet with local residents, where he might also expect a frosty reception over the plan.

Upper secondary school students given permission for traditional bus parades

The customary studenterkørsel, a rowdy drive through town on modified open-backed trucks undertaken by newly-graduated upper secondary school students, will go ahead this year. That is after new guidelines for celebrating the completion of education programmes was finalised, DR writes.

The students can go ahead with the bus-based parties provided they celebrate only with their own classmates and no more than 500 people attend graduation.

Last year also saw the traditional truck tours given the green light at a time when coronavirus restriction levels were low.

READ ALSO: Why do new Danish school graduates ride around town on noisy trucks?

Thousands demonstrate against plan to send Syrian refugees back to Damascus

Crowds in Copenhagen and several other towns across Denmark gathered yesterday evening to express opposition to the government’s assessment that it is safe to send some Syrian refugees back to Damascus and subsequent withdrawal of asylum status from dozens of refugees.

Denmark has faced growing criticism for the decision, for which it cites a “safe” situation around Damascus, but the country is sticking to its position.

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