In a major health update, the European nation of Denmark is announcing that vaccination is no longer recommended for healthy individuals under age 50.
“The Danish Health Authority (DHA) expects that the number of covid-19 infections will increase during autumn and winter,” the DHA announced. “Therefore, we recommend vaccination of people aged 50 years and over as well as selected risk groups.”
“With the autumn vaccination programme, we aim to prevent serious illness, hospitalisation and death,” the DHA continued. “The risk of becoming severely ill from covid-19 increases with age. Therefore, people who have reached the age of 50 and particularly vulnerable people will be offered vaccination. We expect that many people will be infected with covid-19 during autumn and winter. It is therefore important that the population remembers the guidance on how to prevent infection, which also applies to a number of other infectious diseases.”
“Why are people aged under 50 not to be re-vaccinated?” the DHA responds to this question in the fact sheet. “The purpose of the vaccination programme is to prevent severe illness, hospitalisation and death. Therefore, people at the highest risk of becoming severely ill will be offered booster vaccination. The purpose of vaccination is not to prevent infection with covid-19, and people aged under 50 are therefore currently not being offered booster vaccination.”
“People aged under 50 are generally not at particularly higher risk of becoming severely ill from covid-19,” the DHA continued. “In addition, younger people aged under 50 are well protected against becoming severely ill from covid-19, as a very large number of them have already been vaccinated and have previously been infected with covid-19, and there is consequently good immunity among this part of the population.”
“It is important that the population also remembers the guidance on how to prevent the spread of infection, including staying at home in case of illness, frequent aeration or ventilation, social distancing, good coughing etiquette, hand hygiene and cleaning,” the DHA added.
In a section on “Vaccination of children against covid-19,” the DHA states, “Children and adolescents rarely become severely ill from the Omicron variant of covid-19.”
“From 1 July 2022, it was no longer possible for children and adolescents aged under 18 to get the first injection and, from 1 September 2022, it was no longer possible for them to get the second injection,” the DHA added. “A very limited number of children at particularly higher risk of becoming severely ill will still be offered vaccination based on an individual assessment by a doctor.”
Denmark has repeatedly been listed as the nation with the highest quality of life in the world, according to such indexes as the Standard of Living survey performed by the Social Progress Imperative. The Quality of Life index takes into account a number of factors, including “the health, comfort and the happiness of a specific group.”
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