Danish Health Authority: Expecting nearly a million more vaccine doses by summer

by Shellie Boudreau

The latest forecast for future deliveries of a vaccine is nearly a million more doses before the summer – a larger number than expected.

The Danish Health Authority stated this in a press release.

It’s particularly Pfizer that will deliver more doses starting in April. In contrast, AstraZeneca announced a reduction in their deliveries.

“Nonetheless, this means we expect to receive 900.000 more doses than forecasted as of last week. Based on these numbers, we expect to fulfill all vaccination requests by the end of week 25.  That is no later than June 27.

Therefore, the majority of the Danish population can be vaccinated by the summer holidays,” Søren Brostrøm, director of the Danish Health Authority, explains.

According to these calendar updates, target group 3 will receive an offer for vaccination in week 8. Target groups 5, 6, 8, and 10 will receive offers slightly earlier than initially stated in the vaccination calendar.

It is important to remember that these are forecasts. Although minor fluctuations are anticipated, these projections are subject to uncertainty. In particular, the uncertainties surrounding the actual amount in the deliveries.

This week’s focus is to give the first dose to target group 2

This week’s deliveries include approximately 65.000 doses of Comirnaty® from Pfizer and around 25.000 vaccine doses from AstraZeneca. We will also receive another shipment of vaccines from Moderna this week.

The highest priority in this coming week is the first vaccination of target group 2. Target group 2 includes individuals 65 years of age or older who receive care from health personal in their homes. Additionally, a goal is to reach as many as possible in group 3 and parts of groups 5 and 6. Approx. 5,000 doses from Pfizer will be used for a second vaccination.

“We have come a long way in distributing the vaccines to our senior citizens and the most vulnerable. By using this week’s deliveries, we will take another step forward and vaccinate seniors living at home,” Søren Brostrøm says.

Approximately all of the 25.000 doses from AstraZeneca will be reserved for the frontline personnel’s first vaccination dose, primarily from the municipality.

“Fortunately, we resumed vaccinations of our critical frontline staff in the healthcare sector.  And I’m pleased to hear that the new vaccine from AstraZeneca will arrive.

We have vaccinated a significant proportion of our hospital employees. Now we are rolling out vaccinations to our municipal employees. For example, home care nurses visiting the most vulnerable citizens living at home,” Søren Brostrøm explains.