Denmark becomes the first country to suspend Covid vaccinations as the virus is brought under control.
Denmark, which in February lifted all curbs related to the coronavirus pandemic, said on Tuesday it was suspending its general Covid-19 vaccination program.
Noting that the epidemic was under control and that vaccination levels were high, the Danish Health Authority said the country was in a “good position.”
“Therefore we are winding down the mass vaccination program against Covid-19,” said Bolette Søborg, director of the authority’s department of infectious diseases.
Around 81 percent of Denmark’s 5.8 million inhabitants have received two doses of the vaccine and 61.6 percent have also received a booster.
Denmark noted a drop in the number of new infections and stable hospitalization rates.
While invitations for vaccinations would no longer be issued after May 15th, health officials anticipate that vaccinations would resume after the summer.
“We plan to reopen the vaccination program in the autumn. This will be preceded by a thorough professional assessment of who and when to vaccinate and with which vaccines,” Søborg said.
As a wave of the Omicron variant hit the country last November, Denmark intensified its immunization campaign, accelerating access to booster shots and offering the fourth dose from mid-January to the most vulnerable. [The Local]
That’s the way to go! Which countries are next?
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