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COVID-19 VACCINES

Can you get a Danish coronapas with a foreign vaccination certificate?

Getting a vaccination registered on your Danish coronapas means an end to all the endless testing. But can you use a foreign vaccination certificate to do that?

Can you get a Danish coronapas with a foreign vaccination certificate?
This German AstraZeneca certificate can be used to get a valid coronapas in Denmark. Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP

How is it supposed to work? 

According to the Danish authorities’ Coronasmitte website, it is possible to use a foreign vaccination certificate to get a valid Danish coronapas, so long as: 

  • The vaccine used has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (currently Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. 
  • It has been at least 14 days since your first dose 
  • You then have had your second jab within 42 days of your first dose 

How do you register your foreign vaccination? 

If you have a valid Danish CPR number and a NemID,  you can log onto the Sundhed.dk or “min læge” app  and upload your vaccination documents, along with the batch number and the dates.

Once these have been approved by a doctor, the information will be registered and visible on your coronapas within a few days. 

What if I don’t have a Danish CPR number and a NemID? 

If you have a doctor in Denmark, you can still visit them with your physical vaccination certificates. Once they have registered them and uploaded them to the system, you should then automatically receive a paper version of the coronapas in your postbox. 

How does it work in practice? 

Pretty well it seems, although there are reports of some doctors refusing to put vaccination carried out in some countries into the system. 

Tom Seabury, from the UK, went to see his doctor in person with a photocopy of his “handwritten, scruffy cardboard” UK vaccine records. 

“He merely entered the details then warned me that it could take (hold your breath) one or even two days! to filter into the coronapas systems. Next morning it was all done. No cost, no hassle.” 

Jim Frater, from the US, got his US vaccination registered on his coronapas a week after visiting his doctor. 

However, one foreigner who got vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson in Hungary complained his doctor flat-out refused to put the vaccination into the system. 

Ana Chikitovic initially struggled to convince her doctor to register the Pfizer vaccinations she had in Serbia, with the doctor saying there were no instructions from the health ministry on how to handle vaccinations from outside the EU.

She got her pass, however, when the travel guidelines were changed last Friday. 

What can you do if your doctor doesn’t refuses to register a foreign vaccination?

You can change doctor. Some people have also managed to get their vaccination registered using the hejdoktor.dk private internet doctor site. 

Member comments

  1. Perhaps you could write about how Americans who frequently visit Denmark could easily participate in Coronapas?

    (I for example do have a California state vaccination digital record of two Pfizer shots by March plus the CDC paper card.)

    Tak.

    1. I am also interested in this.
      For example, how can vaccinated friends and family visiting from the US use the coronapas, if they do not have nemid, cpr or a doctor in DK.

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COVID-19 VACCINES

Covid-19: Danish research finds improved protection from updated vaccine

Denmark’s infectious disease control agency State Serum Institute (SSI) says that a second booster or “fourth dose” with an updated form of the Covid-19 vaccine will significantly improve protection against the virus.

Covid-19: Danish research finds improved protection from updated vaccine

The fourth dose will offer markedly better protection than if a person has only received a “third” dose or single booster jab, SSI said in a press statement.

SSI researchers, working with colleagues from the other Nordic countries, have analysed the effect of the additional booster jab with the vaccine, which has been updated in line with newer dominant subvariants of the coronavirus.

When the Danish population was first vaccinated against Covid-19, the vaccines were designed to offer protection against the original form of the virus, SSI writes.

But newer variants have made the original vaccines less effective. The updated vaccines are designed to have the best possible effect against both the original variant as well as the Omicron variant.

There are currently two versions of the updated vaccine. One is adapted towards the BA.1 Omicron subvariant, with another adapted to the BA.4-5 subvariant.

In the Nordic countries, the updated vaccines were offered during autumn 2022 to all persons over the age of 50 in Denmark and Sweden, over 60 in Finland and over 65 in Norway.

A fourth dose with the BA.1-updated version reduced the risk of hospitalisation with Covid-19 by 74 percent and the risk of death by 80 percent compared to the third dose, SSI found.

The BA.4-5 updated version reduced the risk of hospitalisation by 81 percent and the risk of death by 78 percent.

The latter of the two updated versions (BA.4-5) was found to reduce the risk of hospitalisation with Covid-19 by 32 percent compared to the BA-1 version.

“This is maybe not so surprising because BA.4-5 subvariants were dominant in autumn 2022,” SSI head of department Anders Hviid said in the statement.

“But I think we are among the first [countries] to be able to measure this based on the large quantities of data we have available from working across four countries,” he said.

The research was supported by the EU’s European Medicines Agency (EMA).

SSI notes that the frequency of hospitalisation and particularly death due to Covid-19 was very low after both the third and fourth doses of the vaccine.

The academic paper resulting from the study can be read in English here.

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