Will Denmark vaccinate children aged 5-11 against Covid-19?

Denmark is likely to address whether to offer Covid-19 vaccination for children younger than 12 years if the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommends it.

Children's books at a daycare facility. Danish health authorities will address Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 5-11 if it is approved by the EU Commission.
Children's books at a daycare facility. Danish health authorities will address Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 5-11 if it is approved by the EU Commission. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

While Denmark currently offers Covid-19 vaccination to children aged 12 years and over, smaller kids may soon be offered a jab against the virus. The EMA yesterday said it had begun assessment of whether the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can be recommended for children aged 5-11.

The director of the Danish Health Authority, Søren Brostrøm, earlier stated he expects a decision on whether Denmark will offer the vaccine to young children to depend on a variety of considerations, should the EMA recommend the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for under-12s.

“It will depend on documentation, approval, and how the epidemic is looking,” Brostrøm earlier said to financial media Børsen on the likelihood of Denmark offering Covid-19 vaccination to smaller children.

Last month, Pfizer/BioNTech published results from a study in which the company’s vaccine was tested among 2,268 children aged 5-11 years.

In the study, children were given one third of the normal dose, divided into two jabs.

Results showed a “robust” level of antibodies corresponding to the amount produced in a separate study on 16-25 year-olds, according to the two companies.

The EMA assessment will result in a recommendation before the EU Commission makes a final decision on approval. The Commission normally follows the EMA recommendation.

For the vaccine to be offered for children in Denmark, the Danish Health Authority will also have to give the green light to its use in the country.

Moderna, the other medical company to produce Covid-19 vaccines currently in use in Denmark, is also seeking approval for use of its vaccines on children under the age of 12, but is yet to reached the final stage of the process.

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Denmark suspends national Covid-19 vaccination programme

Denmark, which in February lifted all curbs related to the coronavirus pandemic, said on Tuesday it was suspending its general Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Denmark suspends national Covid-19 vaccination programme

Noting that the epidemic was under control and that vaccination levels were high, the Danish Health Authority said the country was in a “good position.”

“Therefore we are winding down the mass vaccination program against Covid-19,” said Bolette Søborg, director of the authority’s department of infectious diseases.

Around 81 percent of Denmark’s 5.8 million inhabitants have received two doses of the vaccine and 61.6 percent have also received a booster.

Denmark noted a drop in the number of new infections and stable hospitalisation rates.

While invitations for vaccinations would no longer be issued after May 15th, health officials anticipate that vaccinations would resume after the summer.

“We plan to reopen the vaccination programme in the autumn. This will be preceded by a thorough professional assessment of who and when to vaccinate and with which vaccines,” Søborg said.

As a wave of the Omicron variant hit the country last November, Denmark intensified its immunisation campaign, accelerating access to booster shots and offering a fourth dose from mid-January to the most vulnerable.

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