“Due to the new, more contagious Omicron variant, the Danish health authority has decided to postpone the third vaccine for all people aged 40 and over, so that they receive the vaccine four and a half months after the second vaccine.” , the health authority said in a statement. .
By reducing the dose interval, “we will be able to go into winter with better protection for those at increased risk of serious disease and increased immunity in the population,” said Director Soren Brostrom.
A third dose is “safe and effective” as early as three months after the first round of vaccination, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said last week.
Denmark also recorded a record number of new Covid-19 cases on Monday, with 7,799 confirmed infections in the past 24 hours.
Over one week, the number of cases is also the highest since the start of the pandemic at 46,189 cases, a jump of more than 50% from the previous week, according to data from Danish health authorities compiled by AFP .
The UK said on Sunday evening it would speed up the rollout of booster doses, opening them to all over 18s before next year.
Denmark is second in the world behind Britain for confirmed cases of Omicron, with both countries having full sample sequencing to quickly detect variants.
As of Sunday, 2,471 cases of Omicron had been identified in the Nordic country of 5.8 million people, where 80.6% of the population over the age of five has already received two doses of the vaccine.
The Omicron variant appears to spread faster than the Delta variant, making vaccines less effective but causing less severe symptoms, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, while stressing that the data remains patchy.
In response to the increase in the number of cases, Denmark reintroduced new restrictions last week, closing schools and colleges, reducing nightlife and promoting remote working.