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About the COVID-19 vaccination offer

The entire Danish population will be offered vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccination is free and voluntary.

When it is your turn you will be notified via your e-Boks. Some will also be informed through their employer. If you are exempt from recieving Digital Post, you will get a letter through the mail.

When you have been notified, you must book your appointment on vacciner.dk. Some may find it difficult to book a timeslot on vacciner.dk. As a friend or relative, you might be able to help.

This is how it works

A centrally controlled visitation system ensures that people in the selected target groups are offered vaccination.

The Danish Health Authority will launch campaigns regularly to keep the public informed about vaccines and target groups. Furthermore, relevant candidates who qualify for the vaccination will be notified via their e-Boks, their place of work, nursing home, etc. when it is their turn to be offered vaccination. Citizens who are going to get vaccinated in the regional COVID vaccination centres must book an appointment themselves, but only after they have been notified via their e-Boks (or a letter). 

Read the pamphlet

Vaccination against COVID-19

 
 

FAQ - On the practivalities of the vaccination

1. How will I learn that it is my turn to be vaccinated?

Most citizens will be notified via their e-Boks when it is their turn to get vaccinated. If you are exempt from receiving Digital Post, you will get a letter in the mail. Once you have been notified, you must go to www.vacciner.dk (in English) and book a time for vaccination.

However, some citizens will be notified of the vaccination offers through their employer, their municipality of residence or their doctor. 

2. What should I do if have been offered vaccination against COVID-19, but there are no available time slots

Fortunately, many people say yes to the offer of vaccination against COVID-19. This means there is a high demand for vaccination time slots at www.vacciner.dk (In English), but your region will continuously post new times for vaccination against COVID-19.

We apologise for the inconvenience if you cannot find a free time slot when you sign in, and recommend that you try again later.

It is only possible to book time once you have been offered a vaccination offer. 

3. What if I am not vaccinated right away when I get the offer?

If you do not accept the offer when you receive a letter in your e-Boks, you can still get a free vaccination at a later date. However, the Danish Health Authority recommends that you accept the offer when you get it.

In Denmark, we will only use approved and well-documented vaccines, which we have judged to be efficacious, safe and suitable for the target groups. 

4. How does vaccination take place?

You must arrive at the vaccination centre as close to your appointment time as possible and follow the instructions on site. Remember to bring a face mask or visor and your yellow health insurance card. Vaccinations are always carried out under medical supervision, but you will meet various healthcare professionals.

The vaccine is usually injected into the muscle of the upper arm.  If you are vaccinated with Comirnaty®, 0.3 mL of the vaccine is administered. If you are vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine Moderna®, 0.5 mL of the vaccine is injected.

After vaccination, please wait nearby for 15 minutes so the healthcare professionals can help you if you have an allergic reaction.  

5. Where does vaccination take place

The vast majority of citizens will be vaccinated in regional vaccination centres. You can typically find information on your region's website about the location of these centres.

However, some personnel in the healthcare, elderly care and social sectors will be vaccinated at their workplace. Mobile vaccinations units will be dispatched to nursing homes etc., allowing people who cannot visit stationary centres to be vaccinated.

Hospitalised patients will typically be vaccinated in the hospital if they are offered vaccination based on an individual assessment of an exceptionally high risk of severe illness from COVID-19.    

6. Can somebody help me get to the vaccination centre?

Ordinarily, you are in charge of getting yourself to the vaccination centre if you do not usually receive help from the municipality. If you cannot get yourself to the vaccination centre – and have no relatives to help you – please contact your local municipality. If the municipality agrees to help you, they will also book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment for you.

7. How many times do I need to be vaccinated, and at what intervals?

For full protection against COVID-19, you must be vaccinated twice. In the case of Cominarty®, the second dose must be administered after approximately three to four weeks. If you are injected with COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna®, you must be revaccinated after approximately four weeks. 

In exceptional cases, as much as six weeks between vaccinations with either vaccine may be scheduled. You should not be vaccinated the second time any earlier than the recommended 21 days for Comirnaty® and 28 days for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna®. 

8. How soon will I achieve the full effect of vaccination?

If the recommended intervals between the two vaccinations are adhered to, the full effect of vaccination with Comirnaty® can be expected seven days after the second vaccination, and the full effect of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna® 14 days after the second vaccination.  

9. What happens if I fail to get the second vaccination on time?

You must be vaccinated twice to obtain full protection against COVID-19. 

For Cominarty®, the second dose is scheduled after three to four weeks and for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna® after approximately four weeks. However, up to 6 weeks may elapse between injections with either vaccine. You should not be vaccinated the second time any earlier than the recommended 21 days for Comirnaty® and 28 days for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna®.

If the second injection is postponed, for example due to acute illness, we recommended that you be vaccinated as soon as possible. The evidence of the vaccines' high efficacy rate (94% and 95%, respectively) only holds up if the interval between the first and second vaccinations is observed. We expect that both vaccines remain highly effective, even if you do not get a second vaccination on time. 

10. Am I protected if I only receive the first of the two vaccinations?

In general, the first vaccination provides some protection against COVID-19, but you must receive both injections for the vaccines to have the full effect.  

11. Can I be vaccinated if I am pregnant?

As a rule, pregnant women are not offered vaccination against COVID-19, except in exceptional circumstances - typically, if the pregnant woman suffers from severe illness.

Women of childbearing age should be aware of whether they may be pregnant before they are vaccinated.

Please contact your doctor if you discover that you are pregnant after you have been vaccinated. We assume that there is little or no risk that the vaccination has harmed the foetus.

There is no evidence that vaccination affects fertility. 

12. Can I be vaccinated if I am ill?

If you have a high fever (38 degrees or more) or have an acute and severe infection such as pneumonia, the vaccination should be postponed. You may be vaccinated if you only have a slight increase in temperature or a mild infection like the common cold. Please always consider whether your symptoms could be indicative of COVID-19.

There are some people who should not be vaccinated; please see more under question 11.  

13. Can I be vaccinated if I either have or have had COVID-19?

You cannot get vaccinated while you have COVID-19, but you may get vaccinated if you have had COVID-19. However, we recommend that you wait to be vaccinated until one month after the disease has passed.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 – or if you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 – we recommend that you postpone the vaccination until you have been tested and have tested negative. If you are waiting for test results for any other reason, you may proceed with the vaccination.

In general, we do not recommend that you are routinely tested for COVID-19 before vaccination. 

14. I have already had COVID-19. I suppose I'm already immune, so why do I need to be vaccinated? 

Because we only have limited knowledge of if or for how long you are immune after you have recovered from COVID-19, we recommend that you accept the offer of vaccination.  

Current knowledge suggests that most people build up some immunity against COVID-19 after they have recovered. When you are ill with novel coronavirus, antibodies will form against the virus in your blood. Antibodies are what the body forms to defend against viruses. Unfortunately, we do not yet know to what extent these antibodies protect against new infection or how long you are immune after you have recovered. 

15. Are there any health risks associated with being vaccinated while you are infected with COVID-19?

No, we do not anticipate any increased health risks.

However, we recommend that you postpone your vaccination until one month after you have recovered from COVID-19. 

16. Can vaccination against COVID-19 affect the test result of a PCR test, an antigen test (rapid test) or an antibody test?

Vaccination against COVID-19 will not affect the test result of a PCR or an antigen test (rapid test), respectively. However, vaccination may have some impact on the result of an antibody test.

17. What about testing, self-isolation, etc. once you have been vaccinated?

Please follow the same guidance on preventing the spread of infection that you did before you were vaccinated, including social distancing, hand hygiene and staying home if you are ill. 

The vaccines are not 100% effective. Therefore, there is a small risk that you may become infected and ill with COVID-19 even after you have been fully vaccinated. Furthermore, we do not yet know whether vaccination with Comirnaty® and COVID-19 vaccine Moderna® prevents you from carrying the virus and spreading the infection to others even though you yourself do not have any symptoms.  

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close contact with someone who has COVID-19, we recommend that you get tested. 

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The general guidance

Close contacts 

18. Can I infect others even if I have been vaccinated?

It has not yet been established whether Comirnaty® or COVID-19 vaccine Moderna® prevent the vaccinated person from being a carrier and thus able to spread the virus.  However, we expect to receive this documentation in due course.

Either way, once you have been vaccinated, you will still be able to spread infection, for example, if you touch objects with unclean hands, so please continue to follow the general guidance on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

19. Will life get back to normal now we have the vaccines?

Please continue to follow the same guidance you did before you were vaccinated.

No vaccine is 100% effective, and there is a small risk that you may become infected even after you are fully vaccinated. Therefore, please continue to follow the guidance on social distancing, hand hygiene and staying home if you are ill.  

Furthermore, we do not yet know whether vaccination with Comirnaty® and COVID-19 vaccine Moderna® prevents you from carrying the virus and spreading the infection to others even though you yourself do not have any symptoms.  

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone who is infected, we recommend that you get tested.

20. Will we achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 through vaccination?

How many per cent of the population must be vaccinated before we see an effect in relation to epidemic control? 

We cannot yet say what proportion of the population has to be vaccinated before we have full control over the epidemic - in part because it has not yet been established whether Comirnaty® or COVID-19 vaccine Moderna® prevent the vaccinated person from being a carrier and thus able to spread the virus to people who have not yet been vaccinated.  

International studies have shown that even when only 15-20% of the population has been vaccinated, it significantly impacts the epidemic. 

The primary purpose of the vaccination programme is not to achieve herd immunity. In Denmark, we have prioritised vaccinating risk groups first. We expect to see a rapid effect of this strategy on reducing local outbreaks and COVID-19 fatalities in nursing homes and among healthcare professionals.

As we do not know whether vaccination prevents you from infecting others, the Danish Health Authority recommends that everyone accept the offer of free vaccination against COVID-19. 

Updated 20 JAN 2021