Denmark ‘to reduce’ Covid-19 vaccine pass validity period

The validity period of a Covid-19 health pass or coronapas will be reduced to seven months after completed vaccination or booster vaccination, according to Danish media reports.

The validity of Denmark's Covid-19 vaccine pass is expected to be reduced to seven months following the second or third dose.
The validity of Denmark's Covid-19 vaccine pass is expected to be reduced to seven months following the second or third dose. Photo: Signe Goldmann/Ritzau Scanpix

As such, the validity of Denmark’s vaccine pass will be shortened from 12 to 7 months for fully vaccinated people (after a second dose) or those who have received boosters (after a third dose).

The rule change, reported by newspaper Ekstra Bladet, is expected to be confirmed by the government at a briefing on Wednesday evening.

Other new measures aimed at tackling the country’s current Covid-19 wave are also expected to be announced at the briefing. These include ending the current school term a week early on December 15th and asking companies to cancel Christmas parties.

Any new rules or restrictions must approved by the Epidemic Committee in parliament, on which all parties are proportionally represented.

Changes to restrictions are usually requested by the government on the basis of recommendations from an independent advisory board, the Epidemic Commission.

The committee on Wednesday agreed to extend the classification of Covid-19 as a “critical threat” to society by eight weeks, news wore Ritzau reported.

READ ALSO: Denmark extends ‘critical threat’ status of Covid-19

The government has called a press briefing at 6:30pm on Wednesday, at which new coronavirus measures are expected to be announced.

New measures come as the Omicron variant continues to spread in Denmark and record numbers of cases are registered. Wednesday saw 6,629 cases registered by official agency SSI, the second consecutive day a new a record has been set for the pandemic in Denmark.

557 cases of the Omicron variant have now been detected.

“We now have societal spread of the Omicron variant,” Anette Lykke Petri, director of the Danish Patient Safety Authority, said earlier this week.

Member comments

  1. I’m guessing this will also means the Danish will treat foreign covidpasses as invalid if dose 2 was taken longer than 7 months before? I live in Sweden and travel via Denmark, Germany and Holland by car to get to the UK. We’re not exactly in a hurry dishing out dose 3…. sadly…

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”