Vaccination

On May 15 the Danish Health Authority completed the vaccination program for the current season.

Updated: 27 April 2022

Due to the high adherence to vaccination in Denmark, the widespread societal infection with the omicron variant and the change from winter to summer, the Danish Health Authority considers that this season's vaccination program can be rounded off.

The Danish Health and Medicines Authority continues to recommend vaccination to some groups to protect against serious illness and death.

Vaccination in Denmark is voluntary and free of charge.

By being vaccinated you also get a valid corona passport for travel use.

Find more information about vaccines at The Danish Health Authority here (in Danish):

Vaccination mod COVID-19 (sst.dk)

Vaccination of children under 15 years

On May 15, 2022, the vaccination program for this season will be rounded off, and children who turn 5 years old after this date will not receive an invitation to vaccination this season.

After 15 May, it will still be possible for you as a parent to have your child vaccinated against COVID-19, if you wish.

On this page you can find more information about vaccination of children under 15 years (in Danish):

Pregnant and breastfeeding (sst.dk)

Vaccination of pregnant and lactating women

Pregnant and breastfeeding women have the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

As a pregnant woman, you are at increased risk of serious COVID-19, and therefore the Danish Health Authority continues to recommend that pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccination will help protect both you as a pregnant woman, but also your baby in the womb.

Find more information for pregnant and breastfeeding women here:

Pregnant and breastfeeding - Danish Health Authority (sst.dk)

About the vaccines

See the film from the Danish Health Authority about how the vaccine work.

The film is available in several languages.

Where can you get vaccinated?

Use the map to find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you. The map shows both permanent vaccination centres, pharmacies and pop-up clinics.

Find COVID-19 vaccination centre

Who is entitled to vaccination in Denmark?

You are entitled to vaccination in Denmark, if:

  • You are registered as residing in Denmark
  • You live abroad but are covered by a health insurance in Denmark (you have a special Health Insurance Card)
  • You are temporarily resident in Denmark, but are not covered by health insurance in Denmark

Vaccination in Denmark is voluntary and free of charge.

Book vaccination appointment

How you book your vaccination depends on which group you belong to.

Read more at the Danish Health Authority

Registered residence in Denmark

You have been automatically invited to be vaccinated based on your CPR number. 

Resident abroad, but covered by health insurance in Denmark

If you live abroad, but are covered by health insurance in Denmark, you will have a special Health Insurance Card with a CPR number. If you have a special Health Insurance Card, you are entitled to be vaccinated in Denmark.

If you have NemID or MitID

You have been automatically invited to be vaccinated. You can book a vaccination appointment yourself on vacciner.dk.

If you don’t have NemID or MitID

You are not automatically invited to be vaccinated. If you wish to be vaccinated, you should contact your region yourself.

You must state that you have a special Health Insurance Card and that you wish to be vaccinated. The region can book an vaccination appointment for you.

Temporary residence in Denmark

If you are temporarily residing in Denmark, you are entitled to be vaccinated, even if you are not covered by health insurance in Denmark.

In order for you to be vaccinated, your temporary residence must meet two criteria:

  • The duration of your stay must be at least 30 days.
  • The purpose of your stay must not be to receive a vaccination.

You are not automatically invited to be vaccinated when you do not have a CPR number.

If you wish to be vaccinated, you should contact your region. The region will make an appointment for you.

Purchase a Johnson & Johnson vaccination

In Denmark, it is possible to purchase vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19. The option is available for everyone, but targeted people staying in Denmark for a shorter period of time with no access to vaccination in the Danish vaccination programme, e.g. seafarers, Danes living abroad and tourists.

Purchase vaccination

Corona passport with vaccine

Vaccination gives you a green corona passport. To use your vaccination as documentation in the corona passport, you must have received the first shot out of two with a vaccine approved in Denmark or by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Your corona passport is valid 14 days after the first shot and until 42 days after - if you have not received the second shot.

Read more about the corona passport

FAQs

Questions about vaccines

Updated: 11 May 2022

You are entitled to free vaccination in Denmark, if:

  • You are registered as residing in Denmark.
  • You live abroad but are covered by health insurance in Denmark (you have a special Health Insurance Card).
  • You are temporarily resident in Denmark, but are not covered by health insurance in Denmark.

However, health authorities do not offer vaccination to children under the age of 5, as the vaccines have not been approved for this age group.

See when you can expect to be offered a vaccine in the vaccination calendar from the Danish Health Authority (sst.dk)

Yes, if you are yet to start your vaccination you can chose between Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax), which are the two vaccines offered in the danish vaccination programme.

Once you have had both of your vaccinations, you should expect to have the maximum protection of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Comirnaty after 7 days. Spikevax from Moderna provides maximum protection after 14 days. Vaxzevria from AstraZeneca® provides maximum protection 15 days after the second dose.

It is important that you follow the recommended intervals between the two vaccinations to get the maximum protection.

Vaccination using the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is given in a single dose and provides maximum protection after two weeks.

You cannot be vaccinated while you have COVID-19, but you can be vaccinated if you have had COVID-19. However, we recommend that you wait to be vaccinated until one month after you are no longer ill.

If you are waiting for a test result about suspected COVID-19, or because you are a close contact of someone infected, we recommend that you postpone the vaccination until you have received a negative test result. If you are waiting for a test result for other reasons, you may be vaccinated.

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

Book vaccination appointment on vacciner.dk (in Danish)

Book coronavirus test on coronaprover.dk (in Danish)

See your COVID-19 test result on sundhed.dk (in Danish)

All vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccines, can have side effects. In general, these are mild and short-lasting side effects, and the authorities consider the vaccines to be very safe and well-documented.

Most people experience some pain where they are injected. Other common side effects include fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, chills, a slight fever, and redness and swelling at the injection site. These are generally signs that your body’s immune system is reacting as it should to the vaccine. You do not need to call your doctor if you experience these known and short-term side effects.

In rare cases, severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) may occur, caused by e.g. allergy to something in the vaccine.

If you have previously had a severe allergic reaction after receiving a vaccine or injection, you should contact your doctor before you are vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have a known allergy to macrogols/PEG/polyethylene glycol, you should not be vaccinated with Comirnaty from Pfizer/BioNTech, Spikevax from Moderna or Vaxzevria from AstraZeneca. Emergency staff will always be on hand to deal with rare allergic reactions at the COVID-19 vaccination centres.

From other vaccines, we know that almost all vaccination side effects occur within the first six weeks of being vaccinated. It is very rare for them to occur later. Both the Danish and European medicines agencies monitor vaccines closely after they have been approved, both in terms of how well they work and how many side effects they cause.

See the Danish Medicines Agency’s page on reported side effects of COVID-19 vaccines

Right now, it appears that the approved vaccines are helping to reduce the spread of infection. Therefore, some infection prevention measures will gradually be phased out for those who have been fully vaccinated.

It is not yet known how long the vaccines provide immunity for. The health authorities are following developments and research closely, and adapting the recommendations as we learn more about the vaccines and how effective they are. 

The recommendation is that you follow the guidelines in public spaces, even if you are fully vaccinated.

The Danish Health Authority expects the vaccination program to return in the fall because, based on previous experience, we expect COVID-19 to be a seasonal disease. This means that the disease most likely flares up in fall and winter, just as we know it from, for example, influenza. Therefore, a new vaccination program against COVID-19 may be necessary at a later stage.

The Danish Health Authority recommends that you complete your started vaccination series. That is, if you are missing your 2nd dose, you are recommended to take it, and if you are invited to your 3rd dose, you are also recommended to take it. This applies regardless of whether you have been infected with COVID-19 between doses.

If you have had COVID-19 between your vaccinations, we recommend that you wait until 1 month after you have recovered.

It is expected that the general population over the age of 18 is well protected against a serious course of illness and hospitalization with COVID-19 after the 3rd dose, and that people under the age of 18 are well protected after the 2nd dose. This does not mean that you cannot become infected with COVID-19, as vaccination has a lower effect on the spread of infection with the omicron variant, but as vaccinated you are well protected from a serious course of illness.

Still looking for answers?

You can find out more information in our FAQ section or by contacting one of the authorities' COVID-19 hotlines.