Nursing home residents now get third stings with coronavina vaccine

Nursing home residents now get third stings with coronavina vaccine

Nursing home residents can be vaccinated with a third vaccine against covid-19, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority writes in a press release.

The revaccination will begin next week.

The National Board of Health recommends revaccination because the nursing home residents are at increased risk of a serious course with covid-19.

The recommendation is based on new announcements from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The National Board of Health writes in the press release that the vaccines continue to protect well, so for almost everyone else, there is currently no need for a third sting.

The National Board of Health has already initiated revaccination of selected patients with severely weakened immune systems.

– Nursing home residents were some of the first we vaccinated in Denmark, and we know that the level of immunity decreases over time. At the same time, we know that especially the elderly may have a weakened response to vaccination.

– With that knowledge and in light of the fact that we are now seeing an increasing infection in nursing homes, we are embarking on revaccination. We want to protect the residents as best as possible against a serious course of covid-19, says Deputy Director of the National Board of Health Helene Bilsted Probst in the press release.

According to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, the vaccination rate in the country’s nursing homes is 96 percent. Despite this, there has been an increasing trend in recent weeks for cases of infection in nursing homes.

Last week, infection was found in 15 different nursing homes in Denmark.

There are about 40,000 nursing home residents in Denmark.

Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke (S) writes on Twitter that the Danish Health and Medicines Authority is in the process of planning the roll-out of the effort in dialogue with municipalities and regions.

The National Board of Health further writes in the press release that in the coming weeks it will announce an overall plan for how the roll-out of revaccination will proceed.

– We expect that staff in the health care and nursing homes will be some of the next to be offered revaccination because they were also among the first we vaccinated.

– The vaccines are still extremely effective, so we start with the groups with the greatest need, and everyone else just has to have a little patience, says Helene Bilsted Probst.

Source: The Nordic Page


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