Danish PM suggests country could bring back Covid-19 measures

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen expects Denmark to introduce “initiatives” to slow the current spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Danish PM suggests country could bring back Covid-19 measures
Prime Mette Frederiksen warned via social media of Denmark's likely return to Covid-19 restrictions in some form. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

In statements posted on social media on Sunday, the PM said the measures may be necessary to “hold down infections”.

“We will then prevent hospital admissions,” she added.

The government considers the current trend of infections with the coronavirus in Denmark as of “increasing seriousness and concern”, Frederiksen wrote.

“The disease is again beginning to have more serious consequences for our society and health service. I therefor also expect it to be necessary to have initiatives that can break chains of infection,” she wrote.

The PM meanwhile urged people not yet vaccinated against the virus to “book an appointment now”.

Monday saw the fifth consecutive day with over 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Denmark. 2,294 people tested positivite from 102,000, a test positivity rate of 2.25 percent.

Over 300 people are now admitted to Danish hospitals with the virus after that total rose to 303 on Monday. That is the highest number since February 15th.


In her Facebook and Instagram post, Frederiksen said that unvaccinated people risk spreading the coronavirus to vaccinated people, including those in elderly and high risk groups for serious illness.

The PM did not name specific measures or decisions the government might take to slow the current wave of infections.

Earlier in the pandemic, restrictions included limits on assembly use of facemasks in certain public places and a requirement for a valid Covid-19 health pass (coronapas) to access some services, events or location.

The coronapas is used to document a recent negative Covid-19 test or immunity aganst the virus due to vaccination or recent recovery from infection.

Experts last week called for its reintroduction, along with the use of facemasks, as a way to reduce infections “here and now”.

Health minister Magnus Heunicke late last week asked parliament’s epidemic commission to review the current status of the Covid-19 epidemic in Denmark. Potentially, this could see it upgraded it from “infectious disease” to “critical threat” to society.

The distinction is relevant because Danish law now requires an epidemic to have the latter status for the government to be able to introduce restrictions like face mask mandates, assembly limits and lockdowns, as well as coronapas requirements.

The commission, which includes representatives from health authorities, the police and four ministries, met on Sunday but it is unclear when it will pronounce its position.

Once it the commission has addressed the issue, the parliamentary epidemic committee (udvalg in Danish, not to be confused with the commission, kommission) can discuss whether to reimplement the status of “critical threat”, which was lifted in September this year.

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Who should get vaccinated against Covid and flu in Denmark and when?

It is still free to get a Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark if you are over the age of 65 or have a health condition, with the health authorities now running Covid and flu vaccinations together. Here's what you need to know.

Who should get vaccinated against Covid and flu in Denmark and when?

Who is being offered a vaccine for Covid-19 or flu this autumn? 

According to the information on the Danish Health Authority’s website, Covid-19 and flu vaccines are being offered to: 

  • People over the age of 65
  • People under the age of 65 who have a health condition which puts them at increased risk. You can find a list of the long-term health conditions deemed a risk here
  • Pregnant women in the 2nd and 3rd trimester

Children between 2 and 6 years of age are being offered a special flu vaccine for children, which is administered as a nose spray, but not the Covid vaccine (unless they fit one of the categories above). 

Those who have retired early, for whatever reason, are also being offered the flu vaccine but not a Covid-19 vaccine.  

People over the age of 65 and the parents of children between the ages of 2 and 6 will automatically receive an invitation to get vaccinated though their digital postbox at, e-Boks and

People in the other eligible categories will not receive an invitation. 

If you have not yet received an invitation, do not worry, as invitations are being staggered over October and the start of November.  


When and where can I get vaccinated? 

This year’s autumn vaccination campaign started on October 1st and will continue until January 15th. 

You can get vaccinated at one of over 50 regional vaccination sites all over Denmark, or at the over 280 local pharmacies which are signed up to be part of the programme. 

Residents of care homes for the elderly and others in need will be offered vaccinated at their home.

You can log in and book an appointment at your nearest centre or pharmacy at Denmark’s official vaccination website

Is it possible to get vaccinated against both flu and Covid-19 at the same time? 

The Danish Health Authority has judged that it is safe to receive vaccines against both flu and Covid-19 at the same time, but the two vaccines cannot be mixed in the same syringe, so you will receive two separate injections. 

Is vaccination compulsory? 

No. Although the strongly recommends everyone in the various risk categories to get vaccinated, it is up to every individual whether to do so. 

Is it possible to get vaccinated even if I am not over 65 or in a risk group? 

It is no longer possible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or flu through Denmark’s national vaccination programme if you are not in one of the recommended categories, after the country’s health authorities stopped offering paid vaccinations.  

But it remains possible to get vaccinated at a private vaccination centre, such as the SikkerRejse chain found in most Danish towns. The chain, which has a waiting list, offers doses of the latest Comirnaty Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccine for a total price of 995 kroner.