Children aged 12-15 in Denmark begin Covid-19 vaccination

Children aged 12-15 in Denmark begin Covid-19 vaccination
A sign directing cyclists to a vaccination centre in Copenhagen. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
Several hundred children and young people aged 12-15 in Denmark have booked a Covid-19 vaccination, and some have already attended appointments to receive the jab.

The South Denmark region alone saw 509 people in the age group 12-15 book their vaccine appointments by midnight on Wednesday.

Although many appointments have already been made, the country did not begin sending invitations to the demographic until Thursday. As such, the number is likely to increase further on Thursday, according to the South Denmark health authority. Invitations are sent via the Eboks secure digital mail system.

The European Medicines Agency approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 12-15 in May, after analysing the results of a study with 2,200 children. The Danish Health Authority endorsed vaccinating children in this age range after its own review in June.

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A total of 51,176 people in South Denmark have been able to book their appointments since Wednesday. The group covers those born in the years 2006-2009, meaning they turn 12, 13, 14 or 15 this year.

15-year-olds receive invitations for vaccination themselves, while for 12-14-year-olds the invitation is sent to parents, with whom the decision on whether their child should be vaccinated rests.

In the Zealand region, invitations were sent yesterday but not everyone has yet received them, news wire Ritzau writes based on comments provided by Region Sjælland (Zealand).

Nevertheless, “many have already made appointments this week, with 1,165 of 1,676 available slots already booked,” the authority said via email.

The Central Jutland region confirmed that people aged 12-15 attended for vaccination appointments on Thursday. Children aged under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can provide permission for their vaccination, the region stressed.

The Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) expects to complete vaccination by the end of August of all 12–15-year-olds who elect to receive the jab.

Along with people aged 30-34, those in the youngest age group are the last to be offered vaccination under the Danish Covid-19 vaccination programme.


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