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Denmark declares the end of its vaccine rollout as the first in the world

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Denmark has emerged as the first country to pause the Covid-19 vaccination program since the virus has become controllable, as per the health authority. According to the National Board of Health’s announcement, Danish citizens will no longer be invited to take the Covid vaccines after May 15.


The Danish Health Authority announced that the epidemic has become under control as the spring comes. The vaccination rate is high, with the new infections and the hospitalization rates stabilizing in Denmark. Thus, the National Board of Health decided to suspend the national vaccine program against Covid-19 this spring and summer.


89% of citizens over the age of 12 in Denmark have been fully vaccinated with two doses, while 76% of inhabitants over the age of 18 have received only a booster shot, as per the data of vaccinated persons in Denmark updated on April 20, 2022, by the Danish health authority.


 


In addition, 45% aged five to eleven have received one dose of a vaccine. However, 37% of those have received two doses. Furthermore, Danish health officials stated that so-called hybrid immunity, which includes both vaccination and infection, has been established in the general population.


 


According to the Danish Health Authority, the epidemic situation is improving. However, the health authority recommends the Covid vaccination for those extremely vulnerable to illness and those advised to take the fourth vaccine; the vaccine will be available in Denmark.


 


The Covid-19 vaccination program in Denmark is likely to resume in a few months, as the health authority said. They will continue to observe the epidemic situation in upcoming seasons and be ready to resume the vaccination campaign before the new Covid season comes off, which is expected the next autumn.


Even if Denmark was suffering from a huge Omicron wave and high numbers of cases of the virus in February, most of its Covid restrictions were lifted in the country.


Lately, the further eased Covid restriction was published on April 28, saying “We relax the mask rules and the testing. If you are visiting or working in the health service, elderly care, or in parts of the social area, you no longer need to wear a mask. In the future, only people who have a cold, cough, or have other respiratory symptoms that we recommend wearing a mask with their doctor.”


 


Furthermore, the staff working in hospitals and health care are no longer recommended to wear the facial masks in close contact with patients and citizens. Therefore, the ease of facial masks has been allowed in healthcare, elderly care, and the social sector.


While Denmark has declared the withdrawal of the vaccine campaign and the Covid restriction, the other countries still stick to the vaccine campaign in their own countries.


The U.S. and EU have stopped most Covid restrictions, while China is still reinforcing lockdowns and the restrictions in major cities like Shanghai and Beijing.


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