First Danes likely to get COVID-19 vaccinations next month

Vulnerable groups to be first as the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines look set to be approved in the coming weeks

According to the health minister Magnus Heunicke, the first Danes are likely to be vaccinated for the coronavirus in January 2021.

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines are set for speedy approval by the EU and can be on the market within weeks, according to the EMA.

If the documentation is in order, Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine will be approved by December 29 at the latest, while the same goes for Moderna’s vaccine by January 12. 

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Benefits > side effects 
The EMA usually takes months to approve vaccines, but due to the COVID-19 Crisis, additional resources have been set aside to hasten approval.

However, approval will only occur if the EMA evaluates that the effect, safety and quality of the vaccine is solid – and that the benefits are greater than any potential side-effects. 

The government has already stated that the first people in Denmark to get the vaccine will be the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and those working on the front line of the health services.

Eventually, though, everyone will be offered a free and voluntary vaccine. 

Read more about the government’s vaccine plan here.