Faced with a rise in COVID cases, Denmark, where the vaccination campaign was suspended, will offer a 4th dose next week to the most vulnerable, the Prime Minister announced on Wednesday.
“The authorities believe that the new variant is more contagious than the previous one, which is why we are acting now (…) to protect the most vulnerable and the elderly”, said Mette Frederiksen at a press conference, noting that the weakest groups will be able to receive a new booster dose as early as next week.
The Omicron BA.5 sub-lineage now represents 59% of new cases in the Scandinavian kingdom, which has recorded more than 3.1 million since the start of the epidemic, in a country of 5.8 million inhabitants.
After the summer period, the immunization campaign, on hiatus since the end of April, will be extended.
“It is the opinion of the authorities sa nitarians to offer revaccination to 2.5 million Danes during the autumn”, added the head of government.
The fourth dose will be offered to people over 50 from the 1st october. 62% of Danes have already received a first booster dose.
Denmark, where all restrictions were lifted on February 1, does not intend to reintroduce them.
“Our strategy is a society without restrictions, that is why we must prevent disease” more than contamination, underlined during the press conference the director of the Public Health Authority, Søren Brostrøm, recommending that people with symptoms to be tested and to remain confined in the event of a positive return.