It’s a go! Denmark to start COVID-19 vaccinations this weekend

Health authority moves to secure additional 2.6 million doses as the vaccine is distributed nationwide on Sunday

Following the EU’s approval of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine last week, it was only a matter of time before Denmark would begin vaccination.

The government announced today that the first doses will arrive this Saturday and vaccination will commence nationwide the following morning.

“It will occur almost simultaneously across the country,” said health minister, Magnus Heunicke.

According to the State Serum Institute, the vaccine is effective against the new COVID-19 mutation currently spreading in the UK.

Vulnerable people and staff in care centres will be vaccinated first, as well as frontline hospital staff in COVID-19 and intensive wards.

The five elderly centres first to get vaccines are Kærbo (Ishøj), Blomstergården (Slagelse), Birkebo (Aalborg), Ankersgade (Aarhus) and Ældrecenter Øst (Odense).

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More on the horizon
In related news, the he
alth authority revealed that 2.6 million extra doses will be secured from Pfizer/BioNTech.

However, it is believed that they won’t arrive until March.

Denmark is already due to receive 3 million doses of the Moderna vaccine in the near future.

That vaccine is to be evaluated by the EU on January 6 and introduced in Denmark in the third week of 2021.

Read more about the government’s vaccine plan here.