Danish residents can volunteer to obtain COVID-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, well being officers mentioned.
Denmark was the primary nation in Europe to drop each jabs over fears of extraordinarily uncommon blood clots, regardless of approval by the European Medicines Company (EMA).
However authorities are actually providing each vaccines to residents who volunteer beneath an “non-compulsory scheme” and call the suppliers privately.
“The inhabitants will now have the chance to be vaccinated with the vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, which aren’t included within the basic Danish vaccination programme,” Well being Minister Magnus Heunicke mentioned in a assertion.
“It would quickly be an actual alternative for the person citizen to decide on a sooner vaccination than one [they] will be capable of get by the vaccination programme.”
Denmark’s Nationwide Company opted in opposition to utilizing the AstraZeneca vaccine in April after suspending the jab in March, contemplating that the nation’s well being disaster was beneath management.
In response to official figures, practically `19% of Danes are absolutely vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus and practically 30% have obtained the primary dose.
Denmark at present makes use of simply two vaccines in its programme – these developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.
However youthful residents aged between 25 and 39 years – who’re final in line to obtain a vaccine – can now decide into the scheme which got here into power on Thursday.
Grownup residents must meet with a health care provider and provides their express consent to obtain both the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson jabs.
Bolette Søborg, unit supervisor on the Danish Nationwide Board of Well being, mentioned in a assertion that docs have a “particular obligation” to tell residents earlier than prescribing the vaccines. Authorities have reiterated that the unwanted side effects of the vaccines are “uncommon however critical”.
Denmark’s Well being Ministry mentioned they count on the primary consultations and vaccinations beneath this scheme will happen “in a really brief time”.
Final month, Denmark introduced that it was loaning 55,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
Quite a lot of different European international locations had additionally expressed curiosity in buying Denmark’s undesirable jabs.