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Denmark to offer earlier Covid-19 boosters to 18-39 year-olds

Denmark will invite people aged 18-39 for a booster vaccination against Covid-19 after four and a half months, in line with the timescale for older age groups.

Denmark will now offer everyone over the age of 18 a Covid-19 booster jab 20 weeks after their original vaccinations.
Denmark will now offer everyone over the age of 18 a Covid-19 booster jab 20 weeks after their original vaccinations. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

People in the 18-39 age range will now be able to book a booster jab four and a half months (140 days or 20 weeks) after the final dose of the original course of vaccination.

Over-40s have already been offered earlier boosters since the middle of December. Previously, the booster Covid-19 vaccine was offered after five and a half months.

“We are in the middle of an epidemic with escalation infections and we need to prevent both transmission and disease with the Omicron variant. That is the reason (for bringing boosters forward),” Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm said at a briefing, as reported by broadcaster DR.

“Almost exactly half of all infection cases we are seeing at the moment are in the age group 18-39,” he also said.

Covid-19 vaccinations including booster jabs are normally booked in Denmark via the vacciner.dk platform. The website is available in English and requires users to log in using the secure NemID digital signature.

READ ALSO: Denmark to require all travellers to take Covid-19 test for entry

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  1. How does this work for those who received the J&J vaccine plus the moderna booster? Do they receive an additional booster invitation after 4.5 months after the first booster?

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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.”

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