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The Danish Health Authority recommends that young people aged 12 and older are vaccinated against COVID-19. The offer is voluntary and free of charge.

Everyone over the age of 12 will be offered vaccination against COVID-19 in 2021. When it is your turn, you will receive an invitation in your e-Boks.  

Young people are offered vaccination because:

  • We gain better control of the epidemic and can all get back to leading a more normal life.
  • Anyone can get sick from COVID-19 – even those who are young and healthy.
  • You help protect others from becoming ill.

 

When can you expect to be vaccinated?

The vaccination calendar is updated regularly. See when you can expect to be vaccinated in:

Vaccination calendar

Please watch this film if you want to learn more about how vaccines work:

 

The film 'Information on COVID-19 vaccines' tells you how vaccines work. Please note that this film is available in several languages.

FAQ - For those who are young

1. Why should I get vaccinated if I do not become severely ill from COVID-19?

The Danish Health Authority recommends that young people aged 16 and over are vaccinated against COVID-19 because:

  • The more people have been vaccinated, the better control we will have of the epidemic. Vaccination reduces the spread of infection and allows you to return to a more normal life, hang out with your friends and family, go to school, play sports and other leisure activities.
  • Anyone can get sick from COVID-19 – even those who are young and healthy. In addition, some people continue to experience a range of effects for up to six months after recovery, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches and lost sense of taste and smell.
  • You help protect the most vulnerable citizens, e.g. the elderly or cancer patients, who may not experience the full effect of the vaccines. 
 

2. How will I know that it is my turn to get vaccinated?

You will receive an invitation to vaccination in your e-Boks. If you are do not have Digital Post, you will get a letter through the mail.

Everyone automatically gets their own e-Boks on the day they turn 15. To access your e-Boks, you must have a NemID with a so-called public digital signature. If you have not tried checking your Digital Post mailbox before, you can get help at borger.dk  on how to get started.

If you have been invited for vaccination and you have not started using your e-Boks yet, your invitation will still be waiting in your e-Boks.

3. Can my parents decide whether or not I should be vaccinated if I am under the age of 18?

No, the decision to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is yours.

However, if you are under 18, your parents (or the person who has parental authority over you) must be told that you have been invited for vaccination. Therefore, they will also receive a copy of your invitation to vaccination. 

It is always a good idea to talk to your parents before you decide to get vaccinated. If you show up alone for the vaccination, you may be asked if you have spoken to your parents. 

4. Will my parents be told that I have been vaccinated?

Your parents will not  be notified that you have been vaccinated.

However, if you are under 18, your parents (or the person who has parental authority over you) will be informed that you have been invited for vaccination.

5. Can I get vaccinated on my own, or do I have to bring my parents?

If you are under 18, you can go out and get vaccinated on your own. But it is a good idea to have talked to your parents before you get vaccinated.

If you show up alone for the vaccination, you may be asked if you have spoken to your parents. If not, you may be asked to call them and talk to them about the vaccination offer.

6. I am really scared about side effects - what should I do?

It is only natural that you may be worried about side effects. All kinds of medicines – including the COVID-19 vaccines – have side effects. However, the vaccines are only approved if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, and the health authorities continuously monitor the vaccines in the Danish vaccination programme. 

The COVID-19 vaccine you will receive is considered to be very safe and only cause mild side effects.

When you get vaccinated, the mild side effects you may experience are:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Chills
  • Slight temperature increase
  • Redness and swelling at the injection site.

 

These side effects are signs that your body's immune system is reacting to the vaccine. You do not need to call your doctor if you experience these mild and transient side effects. Please do not worry if you are not experiencing any side effects - the vaccines will work regardless of whether you have any side effects or not. 

Very few people get rare side effects such as severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), which may be caused by, for example, allergies to the additives in the vaccines. 

Once you have been injected with the vaccine, you must wait for at least 15 minutes after you have been vaccinated so the healthcare professionals can help you if you have an allergic reaction.

Learn more about the side effects of the vaccines in the section:

COVID-19 vaccines in Denmark

7. I don't think I want to be vaccinated. Will I lose my invitation if I change my mind?

The Danish Health Authority recommends that you accept the offer when you get it. However, if you do not want to accept the offer of vaccination when you are invited, you can still get a free vaccination at a later date.

FAQ - For parents of someone under the age of 18

1. Why does the Danish Health Authority recommend that young and healthy people are vaccinated?

The Danish Health Authority recommends that young people aged 16 and over are vaccinated against COVID-19 because:

  • The more people have been vaccinated, the better control we will have of the epidemic. Vaccination reduces the spread of infection and the need for restrictions. It allows your children to return to a more normal life, hang out with their friends, go to school, play sports and participate in other leisure activities.
  • Anyone can get sick from COVID-19 – even those who are young and healthy. In addition, some people continue to experience a range of effects for up to six months after recovery, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches and lost sense of taste and smell.
  • Even though young people are not at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, it is imperative that they get vaccinated to protect the most vulnerable citizens – e.g. the elderly or cancer patients, who may not experience the full effect of the vaccines.
 

2. Can I decide whether my son/daughter should be vaccinated or not?

It is up to the child to decide whether or not to get vaccinated.

If you have a child aged 16-18 years, you will be informed when your child receives the invitation, and you will have the opportunity to talk about the vaccination offer.

You will not be notified whether your child has accepted the offer of vaccination or not.

 

3. I have serious reservations about whether my son/daughter should be vaccinated or not. What are the pros and cons?

Your child alone decides whether he or she wishes to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

However, it is always a good idea to talk to your child about the vaccination offer.

Before talking to your child, you can learn more about the vaccines’ efficacy and side effects, as well as how the vaccination takes place in the publication:

Vaccination against COVID-19

 

Learn more about the vaccines themselves in the section:

COVID-19 vaccines in Denmark

Updated 06 AUG 2021