Vaccinations

Vaccinations are rolled out worldwide. In Denmark, the order in which vaccinations are offered is based on a prioritised list of target groups. Vaccination against COVID-19 is an important measure in preventing the spread of infection in society.

About vaccines

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

The film is available in several languages.

Who is entitled to free vaccination in Denmark?

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

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 will automatically receive an invitation to be vaccinated when we reach your age group in the vaccination programme (this is based on your CPR number).

You can see when you should expect to receive your invitation in the vaccination calendar.

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. As long as you are insured in Denmark, you are entitled to receive a free vaccination against COVID-19. The solutions below will be be available as soon as possible.  

If you have NemID

You will automatically be invited to be vaccinated when we reach your age group. Once you have received an invitation, you can book a vaccination appointment yourself on vacciner.dk.

If you don’t have NemID

You will not receive an invitation. If you want to be vaccinated, you should contact your region yourself when we start vaccinating your age group. You can follow the vaccination calendar vaccination calendar

On the phone, you must state that you have a special Health Insurance Card, your CPR number, and that you want to be vaccinated. If you belong to an age group that we have started vaccinating, the region can book an appointment for your vaccination.

Temporary residence in Denmark

If you are temporarily resident in Denmark, you are entitled to receive a free vaccination against COVID-19, even if you are not covered by health insurance for Denmark.

In order for you to receive a free vaccination against COVID-19, 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 as you do not have a CPR number.

You can be vaccinated at the same time as your age group. If you want to be vaccinated, you should contact your region when health authorities start vaccinating your age group. The region will make an appointment for you.

Vaccination as a corona passport

You can use vaccination as evidence in the 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 EMA. The 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

FAQ about vaccines

Vaccination is offered as vaccines approved for use in Denmark are received. However, health authorities do not offer vaccination to children under 16 or to those pregnant or breastfeeding, as the vaccines have not been tested or approved for these groups. 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

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

In the long term, the goal is to offer vaccinations to everyone in Denmark who the vaccines are approved for. Unfortunately, there are certain groups that cannot be vaccinated, as the vaccines are not approved for them. For example, those pregnant or breastfeeding, and children. When citizens are offered a vaccination against COVID-19, they will be contacted by the authorities with information on where, how and when they can be vaccinated.

It is the Danish Health Authority’s professional assessment that the target groups for the vaccination programme should be prioritised in the following order:

  • People living in nursing homes, assisted living etc.
  • People aged 65 and over who receive both personal care and practical help.
  • People aged 85 and over.
  • Healthcare staff working with the elderly and other parts of the social sector who have a higher risk of infection, or who have a critical role.
  • Selected people with conditions and diseases that result in a significantly increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Selected relatives of people at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, or relatives who are primary caregivers.
  • People aged 80-84.
  • People aged 75-79.
  • People aged 65-74.
  • People aged 60-64.
  • People aged 55-59.
  • People aged 50-54.
  • People aged 16-19 and 45-49.
  • People aged 20-24 and 40-44.
  • People aged 25-29 and 35-39.
  • People aged 30-34.

See the vaccination calendar from the Danish Health Authority (sst.dk)

 

No. The Danish Health Authority decides which groups will be offered which vaccine. So you cannot choose yourself which vaccine to have.

However, there is an opportunity for citizens to register to receive EMA-approved vaccines that are not part of the Danish mass vaccination programme. In Denmark, this applies to vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

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.

Read the Danish Medicines Agency’s FAQs about vaccines (lmst.dk)

Read more FAQs about vaccination on the Danish Health Authority website

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.

Read more about vaccination on the Danish Health Authority website

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 vaccines.

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. 

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

Read more FAQs about vaccination on the Danish Health Authority website