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COVID-19 VACCINES

Has Denmark renewed its enthusiasm for Covid-19 vaccination as cases surge?

Appointments for a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine appeared to increase five-fold following the announcement Denmark would reinstate its Covid-19 health pass.

A Covid-19 vaccination centre in Denmark. The number of Covid-19 vaccination bookings spiked this week amid surging cases and the return of the country's Covid-19 health pass.
A Covid-19 vaccination centre in Denmark. The number of Covid-19 vaccination bookings spiked this week amid surging cases and the return of the country's Covid-19 health pass. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Some 9,766 appointments for the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine were made on Monday, the day Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the government’s plan to bring back valid coronapas requirements at bars, restaurants, cafes and large events.

The number is almost five times more than Sunday’s total of 2,108 bookings, according to the health authority in North Jutland, which runs the national booking website for vaccination, vacciner.dk.

At a briefing on Monday evening, Frederiksen announced the return of the coronapas and also encouraged those still to be vaccinated to get a jab. She did so in at-times blunt terms, saying that the “government stands side by side with the just under 90 percent of people who are doing the right thing. The remaining group must not ruin things for the rest.”

“It can’t be said clearly enough. Those of you who are not yet been vaccinated: do so,” the prime minister also said.

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Several health authorities noted a marked increase in vaccination bookings following the briefing on Monday night.

The South Denmark region noted 449 bookings for a first vaccination dose on Sunday compared to 2,084 on Monday.

Total bookings – including those for second and third (booster) doses – also show a significant jump.

In a social media post, Frederiksen wrote that 35,023 people in Denmark booked a vaccination on Tuesday, a slight drop compared to the 37,015 bookings on Monday.

But the number of Monday was over three times greater than the total for the preceding day.

“Vaccines are completely crucial for us as a society to get through the cold months as well as possible. I’m pleased to see that even more people have chosen in recent days to accept the offer (of vaccination),” Frederiksen wrote.

Over 600,000 people in Denmark who have been offered a vaccination against Covid-19 are still to take up that offer, according to Danish Health Authority data.

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COVID-19 STATS

Covid-19: Virus remains on downward trend in Denmark in latest report

The number of Covid-19 infections in Denmark is still declining, as has been the trend for some weeks.

Covid-19: Virus remains on downward trend in Denmark in latest report

In addition to confirmed cases, the number of PCR tests administered to check for the virus is also falling. Authorities recently announced that PCR testing capacity would be halved, before a strategy for testing next winter is announced later this year.

The continued falloff in cases was one of the trends noted in a new report from the infectious disease agency, State Serum Institute (SSI). The report is based on data from the most recent week.

During the period covered by the report, the number of new cases of Covid-19 fell by 18 percent, meaning 82 in 100,000 residents of Denmark tested positive for Covid-19.

The number of PCR tests fell by 14 percent during the same period, with around 7,000 tests administered each day.

“Transmission in the community is falling in general and across all age groups,” SSI medical head of department Rebecca Legarth told news wire Ritzau.

The decline in number of new recorded cases may be linked to the reduction in recorded number of hospital patients with a positive Covid test.

Last week saw the number of hospitalised people with Covid-19 fall by 23 percent. Not all people in hospital who have the virus are being treated for it, with their hospitalisation being for other reasons in many cases.

Denmark ended its Covid-19 restrictions in February and March, while health authorities also changed recommendations on when a PCR test should be taken.

In March, the Danish Health Authority changed its recommendations on when people with suspected Covid-19 should be tested for the coronavirus, with testing now only recommended if there is a “special medical reason” for doing so.

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