Denmark’s health chief cuts own hair and sends cash to barber

The head of Denmark's health service posted a picture of himself with a new military-style buzzcut on social media on Sunday, before admonishing Danes to, like him, cut their own hair and then send the money to their hairdressers.

Denmark's health chief cuts own hair and sends cash to barber
Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority, cut his own hair with electric clippers. Photo: Søren Brostrøm
“I cut my own hair with a machine, and it's a bit uneven at the back,” Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority wrote on Twitter. 
“I felt bad for my hairdresser Alaa-Eddine, who has shut down his business, but who will at least get the bonus of fixing skew-whiff haircuts when he opens again. So I sent him what I usually pay him over MobilePay.” 
Brian Mikkelsen, Director General of the Danish Chamber of Commerce saluted Brostrøm for his public spriritedness. 
“It's very noble, what Brostrøm is suggesting,” he said. “If you  withdraw from contact like this nad use the money you save to sso that you still have a business to go to to have your hair cut of buy your clothes.” 
He said that when he himself needed a trim, he aimed to follow Brostrøm's example. 
“We need small, independent busineses in Denmark. It's not just haridressers, but menswear stories and other indepdendents which  are part of our culture in Denmark. It's important that we all back them up.” 

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Public Health Agency recommends two Covid doses next year for elderly

Sweden's Public Health Agency is recommending that those above the age of 80 should receive two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn, as it shifts towards a longer-term strategy for the virus.

Public Health Agency recommends two Covid doses next year for elderly

In a new recommendation, the agency said that those living in elderly care centres, and those above the age of 80 should from March 1st receive two vaccinations a year, with a six month gap between doses. 

“Elderly people develop a somewhat worse immune defence after vaccination and immunity wanes faster than among young and healthy people,” the agency said. “That means that elderly people have a greater need of booster doses than younger ones. The Swedish Public Health Agency considers, based on the current knowledge, that it will be important even going into the future to have booster doses for the elderly and people in risk groups.” 


People between the ages of 65 and 79 years old and young people with risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, poor kidney function or high blood pressure, are recommended to take one additional dose per year.

The new vaccination recommendation, which will start to apply from March 1st next year, is only for 2023, Johanna Rubin, the investigator in the agency’s vaccination programme unit, explained. 

She said too much was still unclear about how long protection from vaccination lasted to institute a permanent programme.

“This recommendation applies to 2023. There is not really an abundance of data on how long protection lasts after a booster dose, of course, but this is what we can say for now,” she told the TT newswire. 

It was likely, however, that elderly people would end up being given an annual dose to protect them from any new variants, as has long been the case with influenza.