One in three children in Denmark accept Covid-19 vaccine invitation

One in three children in Denmark accept Covid-19 vaccine invitation
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Around a third of 12-15-year-olds in four of Denmark’s five regional health authorities have so far accepted an invitation to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

That is evidenced by the number of young people within the age range to have already received their first dose of the vaccine or to have arranged an appointment to do so in the North Jutland, Central Jutland, South Denmark and Zealand regions.

Invitations have been sent to 132,603 people in total in the former three regions, with 44,187 having accepted the offer. In Zealand, around 11,400 have accepted following the sending of 36,000 invitations, according to figures reported by news wire Ritzau, accurate as of Thursday.

The news agency had not obtained data from the remaining region, Greater Copenhagen, at the time of writing.

The State Serum Institute, the source for the data, has not released details of the number of accepted invitations which have already attended vaccination appointments.

Health authorities approved vaccination of children aged 12-15 earlier this month.

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The decision is not universally supported, with some parents showing hesitation to allow their children to be vaccinated and paediatricians not fully supporting the Danish Health Authority advice to vaccinate children against Covid-19.

The deputy leader of the Danish society for paediatricians (Dansk Pædiatrisk Selskab), Bolette Friderichsen earlier stated that she could not wholeheartedly support the recommendation.

“On one side it appears that children rarely get serious side effects from the vaccine, but conversely we see that they rarely become seriously ill if they are infected (with Covid-19),” Friderichsen said earlier this month.

Health authorities in the EU and United States have approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15. That is the vaccine used by Denmark for the age group.

The Danish Health Authority has recommended vaccination of children against Covid-19.

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