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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of news.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
A woman stands at Norreport Station in Copenhagen. Photo: Alex Cheek/Flickr

Children aged 12-15 to receive vaccine invites 

Parents of children between the ages of 12 and 15 should keep an eye out for a digital vaccine invitation over the next several days. This represents an acceleration in the original vaccine schedule – in which children were originally slated for vaccination in the autumn – due to the rapidly-approaching expiration dates on a batch of 1.17 million doses purchased from Romania. 

Is the vaccine safe for kids? The Pfizer vaccine has performed well in clinical trials for children in this age range, and side effects should be similar to adults’ – soreness at injection site, aches, headache and fever.

But some prominent Danish health professionals have expressed concern about how few clinical trials have been completed, Danish national newspaper Berlingske reports, and had been more comfortable endorsing a vaccination programme for children in the autumn when more data will be available. 

READ MORE: Denmark’s Copenhagen region opens 330,000 more vaccine appointments 

Covid cases, hospitalisations edge upwards

Monday saw a sharp increase in the number of confirmed Covid cases, according to data from the Statens Serum Institute, the Danish infectious disease agency. 

The SSI tallied 848 new Covid cases on Monday, up 39 percent from Sunday. Hospitalisations also increased by eight for a total of 37 nationwide. 

Health officials point to the more contagious Delta variant, now the dominant Covid-19 strain circulating in Denmark, as a likely culprit. Even as restrictions continue to loosen, the case increase is cause for vigilance and emphasises the need for widespread vaccination.

READ MORE: Denmark records highest Covid-19 positivity rate since January 2021

Summer travel passports still up for grabs 

Train operator DSB’s popular Rejsepas, an eight day travel pass that gives access to all public transportation in Denmark, has yet to sell out for the summer. 

Last year, all 50,000 Rejsepas offered were claimed within four days. After a month on the market, only 39,000 of the 100,000 allocated for summer travel have been sold, the DSB told Danish news agency Ritzau. 

The Rejsepas will be available for purchase through August 1. The cost is 399 kroner per person for adults over 15 and 199 kroner for children ages 12-15. Up to two children under 12 ride free with a paying adult. 

READ MORE: How to take advantage of cheaper travel in Denmark this summer 

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