Denmark is the first country to hold its Covid vaccination program

Healthcare professionals are preparing injection syringes with the Covid-19 vaccine in 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. the country has now announced that it will suspend its vaccination program and consider whether it will be needed later in the year.

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Denmark became the first country to stop its Covid vaccination program, saying it is doing so because the virus is now under control.

“Spring has arrived, vaccination coverage in the Danish population is high and the epidemic has reversed,” the Danish Health Authority said in a statement Wednesday.

“Therefore, the National Board of Health is now putting an end to extensive Covid-19 vaccination efforts for this season,” he said. People will not be invited for vaccines from May 15, even though everyone will be able to finish their vaccination course.

The Covid vaccination campaign in Denmark began just after Christmas 2020. About 4.8 million citizens have been vaccinated, the health authority said, with more than 3.6 million people receiving an injection. recall.

At the same time, many people have been infected since the omicron variant became the dominant strain of the virus, he said, meaning immunity levels among the population are high.

“We are well under way,” said Bolette Soborg, unit manager of the National Board of Health.

“We have good control of the epidemic, which appears to be decreasing. Admission rates [to hospital] they are stable and we also expect them to drop soon. Therefore, we are completing the mass vaccination program against Covid-19 “.

Soborg insisted that the public can still be vaccinated during the spring and summer if they wish, and that vaccination sites will remain open across the country.

He added that immunization is still recommended for people for whom Covid poses a greater risk, such as people over the age of 40 and unvaccinated pregnant women. “We also continue to recommend completing the vaccination course that has begun,” she said.

Vaccinations are likely to resume

Denmark’s decision to suspend its vaccination program comes as the global Covid situation remains mixed. Europe and the United States have abandoned most of the Covid restrictions, but China is still imposing (or considering) the lockdowns as the virus spreads to major cities like Shanghai and Beijing.

Far from abolishing its vaccination schedule altogether, however, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority has said it will likely need to be vaccinated again against Covid-19 in the fall as the virus continues to mutate.

New variants emerged over the course of the pandemic, which is now in its third year. These have eroded the effectiveness of Covid vaccines that were developed in record time in 2020, although shots authorized for use in the West remain effective in preventing serious infections, hospitalization and death from Covid-19.

With the vaccination schedule expected to resume in a few months, Danish health experts will assess who should be vaccinated, when the vaccines should be given and which vaccines should be used.

The Danish Authority for Health and Medicines has said it will continue to closely monitor the development of the outbreak and is ready to resume vaccination efforts again if further target groups need to be immunized before autumn.