‘Vulnerable’ citizens set to receive additional reminders in Denmark as government prepares to reduce restrictions in pandemic
Denmark will soon offer a fourth injection of Covid-19 to people considered at high risk of the virus, becoming the first in Europe to do so despite a regulator’s warning that there is not enough data to know whether the policy will help.
“We are now entering a new chapter, namely the decision to offer the fourth jab to the most vulnerable citizens”, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke told reporters on Wednesday, adding that “The more widespread the infection is in society, the greater the risk of infection reaching our most vulnerable.”
The extra shot will be available from the end of the week for those with serious pre-existing issues who received an initial recall last fall, the official continued. The government is also now considering another dose for the elderly and residents of nursing homes, but has not yet made a decision.
The move comes days before the planned reopening of cinemas, concert halls, sports stadiums and other public places – restrictions first imposed last month in hopes of stemming the spread of the Omicron variant. . As the country continues to see a wave of new infections associated with the mutation, deaths and hospitalizations remain well below peaks seen last year.
“We are in a better position than what we had expected and feared” The head of the Danish Health Agency, Soren Brostrom, said. “We can now say with much more certainty that this new viral variant, which is now predominant, causes less disease. “
Although Copenhagen came to a halt before relaunching a full-fledged lockdown in reaction to Omicron and said it would like to “Keep as much of the company open as possible”, the latest restrictions nevertheless sparked strong protests in the nation’s capital, as hundreds marched to denounce the Danes “Epidemic law” during the weekend.
Israel was among the first nations in the world to unveil a fourth snapshot for residents, followed by Chile earlier this week. Hungary is also considering whether to do the same, while Austrian experts have proposed fourth doses on a “without label” base, despite the reluctance of the European Union’s medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The body recently warned that there was not enough data to know whether a fourth injection would be beneficial, its senior vaccine manager, Marco Cavaleri, wondering if “Repeated vaccinations at short intervals” is a “Long-term sustainable strategy”.
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