Maintain protection against serious illness and death through continued high vaccine coverage

Current level of epidemic management

Over the summer

  • Offer vaccinations to invitees who are not vaccinated.
  • Extended access to booster vaccinations based on individual assessment of the individual's risk of severe illness, risk of infection and presumed immune status. The assessment can be made by either a general practitioner or a hospital doctor.
  • Flexible capacity that can be escalated.

After the summer

  • Based on the preliminary recommendation from the Danish Health Authority, it can be expected that:
    • Booster vaccinations starting about 15 September 2022 for residents of nursing homes and particularly vulnerable elderly people.
    • Booster vaccinations for everyone from the age of 50, starting on 1 October 2022.
    • Continued booster vaccination for the particularly vulnerable on the basis of a specific medical assessment.
    • Continued offers of vaccination to invitees who have not been vaccinated.
  • Vaccination against covid-19, influenza and pneumococci – can generally be carried out together, but vaccination against covid-19 should not be postponed for the other vaccinations if necessary.

Escalation of epidemic management

  • Capacity to roll-out to the entire population can be completed in 8 weeks (5-6 weeks in a worst case scenario) if needed.
  • Previous roll-out (before 15 September 2022) or roll-out to a larger target group than described at the current level that can be completed if needed.

Recommendations from the health authorities

  • Vaccination is the most effective measure of protection against serious illness and death.
  • A vaccine strategy focusing on disease prevention rather than infection prevention. Vaccination efforts are intended to protect people at increased risk.
  • A robust and effective set-up must be established in relation to roll-out and mass vaccination (centrally-managed, but regional organization).
  • Through tenders and agreements with general practitioners and private operators, flexible capacity and vaccine infrastructure must be established in order to expand and implement vaccination faster than planned.
  • Managing the vaccination programme, campaigns and communication with the population are key tasks.

8 focus areas of the strategy