Danes over 50 to be offered COVID-19 booster shot

The cases of people with COVID-19 have been on the rise in Denmark, partly due to a new sub-variety of omicron called BA5, which has become dominant in the country. In response, the Danish government convened a press conference with the national health authorities on Wednesday (June 22). [Shutterstock/LookerStudio]

Over 2.5 million Danes over 50 will be offered a booster jab against COVID-19 this autumn, declared Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at a press conference on Wednesday.

The cases of people with COVID-19 have been on the rise in Denmark, partly due to a new sub-variety of omicron called BA5, which has become dominant in the country. In response, the Danish government convened a press conference with the national health authorities on Wednesday (June 22).

“We hope that the coronavirus will not be a problem for Danish families. But we have to be prepared,” said Frederiksen.

The strategy is an attempt to get ahead of the coronavirus, with the Danish government emphasising the care of the elderly and vulnerable to avoid overloading hospitals, keep the Danish economy going, and avoid closures and restrictions.

During the press conference, Søren Brostrøm, Director of the Danish National Board of Health, said that the strategy to fight the coronavirus is now changing.

“One of the things we’ve learned from the new variants is that vaccines aren’t very good at preventing infections,” said Brostrøm, adding that they are however particularly good at “preventing serious disease.”

Thus, the Danish government will offer fourth doses to people older than 50, representing 2.5 million Danes. However, particularly vulnerable people will be offered the fourth dose from next week on. This will apply to the elderly, people with immune deficiencies due to cancer, people who are severely overweight or people with reduced functional capacity.

According to Brostrøm, the Danish government’s decision is in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommendation that vaccines be offered to citizens over 60.

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