Denmark – Vaccination of children in progress and at a rapid pace

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Waiting to get his first coronavirus vaccine at a Copenhagen suburban vaccination center, 7-year-old William is proud of his younger brother.

“I’m not afraid, I’ve already done it 100 times,” he says, while nurses around him reassure children who have been there to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

Inside a warehouse that has been turned into a vaccination center in the Danish capital Taastrap, a young Dane walks into the waiting room with obvious confidence, while another holds a blanket tightly and looks anxious.

Denmark is one of the first European countries to start vaccinating children under the age of five on 26 November, although it is not mandatory.

20% of children born between 2010 and 2016 have already been vaccinated with the first dose in this Scandinavian country of 5.8 million inhabitants.

Eight-year-old Samuel Christiansen says he has come to boost his immune system already sick, especially now that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading.

“I do not want to get sick” again from Omicron, says the child.

His father, Henrik Jansen, says his family wants to “protect the elderly, their older members, their grandparents”.

The EU drug regulator last month approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, an age group with high rates of infection across Europe.

Austria has also started vaccinating children under the age of five, while Portugal has started vaccinating today and France will start vaccinating next week.

Helen Probst, co-head of the country’s national health service, says the campaign is going well.

During the fifth wave of the pandemic, “vaccines remain the most important tool, even in the fight against Omicron,” he says.

What closes in the country

The Scandinavian country has announced that it will close cinemas, theaters and concert halls and will reduce the opening hours of restaurants from tomorrow as a record number of new cases have been observed in recent days.

The country’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said yesterday Friday that citizens should reduce their social contacts.

Fairuz Ben Alaya said she did not hesitate to vaccinate her eight-year-old daughter, Camelia Furati.

“I did not do it for her, but to put another stone in to prevent the virus from spreading,” explains Fairuz, a pharmaceutical worker.

“Everyone in our family is vaccinated, I was vaccinated last time. “I’m glad I did because now if I get coronavirus I will not understand anything”, he concludes.

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