Fourth vaccination jab to be offered to particularly vulnerable groups, confirms health authority

However, the elderly might have to wait a bit, according to Sundhedsstyrelsen head Søren Brostrøm, who claims they are well protected by the booster

Just hours after the government ruled that cinemas, theatres and many other venues will be able to reopen on Sunday, the health minister, Magnus Heunicke, confirmed that a fourth vaccination jab will soon be offered to particularly vulnerable groups.

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Appointments will begin later this week or early next week, but it is thought that the elderly will not be prioritised, despite a recent rise in the death rate at nursing homes.

Overall, 25 more corona-related deaths were confirmed yesterday – the highest daily figure for a while. 

According to Søren Brostrøm, the head of the Sundhedsstyrelsen health authority, nursing home residents are well protected by the third jab.

Other sources claim the booster loses its efficacy against Omicron after just three months.

Reopenings as expected
Yesterday, as expected, the government followed the recommendations of the experts on the Epidemic Commission. 

So nightlife will remain closed, and the current restrictions on alcohol sales (not permitted 22:00-05:00) and restaurant and bar opening times (must close by 23:00) will continue.

But cinemas, theatres, zoos, aquariums, themeparks, ticketed indoor sporting events, vocational and adult learning colleges, museums, art galleries, concert venues, and conference and lecture venues can reopen, with more restrictions in most cases.

Corona passes and reserved seats will continue to be needed on regional trains until January 31, while facemasks will be required on all public transport.

And from Sunday, corona passes will only be valid for five months after the second jab.

In other corona news: 

– Dansk Industri would like to see the corona pass returned to the recently stricken just seven days after infection is confirmed, as the country risks keeping able-bodied workers at home at a time when they are sorely needed.

– Sundhedsstyrelsen head Brostrøm has told media there is no doubt that Omicron is less harmful than Delta and results in shorter stays in hospital. 

– Compensation packages will be offered to cultural life venues if they decide Sunday is too early to reopen or ill-advised due to the restrictions regarding capacity limits. 

– Some 429,600 Moderna vaccines donated by Denmark to Lebanon arrived on Wednesday.

– Some 24,343 fresh corona cases were confirmed yesterday while the number of those hospitalised fell by three to 751. Some 1,614 of the cases were reinfections.

– Over 1 million infections have now been recorded in Denmark.