War on corona: setbacks begin with increased vaccination capacity and suspension of health guarantee

It’s a flurry of activity out there where the whole country is apparently struggling to make sure we do not have to follow people like Holland and Austria into a lockdown before Christmas.

It is “full turbo” with the effort to give the nation a third vaccination plug, is the battle cry from newly elected mayor Lars Gaardhøj.

That means more centers and more staff, as the authorities want qualified health professionals to come out of retirement and help with the push along with students.

It really sounds like the end of a war.

Increased vaccination capacity
“Right now we are experiencing an increasing infection in society and an increased pressure on our hospitals, so we are running full turbo with the vaccinations,” Gaardhøj explained.

“It’s no secret that we’re under pressure from our staff, so if there are health professionals who have retired, students or other health professionals who have the opportunity to lend an extra hand in vaccinating, then it will be a great help. “

The Capital Region of Denmark has raised its vaccination limit and will have the opportunity to raise 100,000 a week from 1 December onwards, while the nationwide capacity will be 300,000.

There are also plans to extend the opening hours of the vaccination centers: later in the evening and on Sundays.

While appointments are necessary via vacciner.dk to get a third jab, it is not necessary to book an appointment if you are unvaccinated.

It is believed that 170,000 people are entitled to a third job in the Capital Region – out of a total of 578,000 nationwide. Eligibility is obtained when six months have passed since your second jab.

All in the numbers
Already now, 598,231 people in Denmark have had their third job, ie 10.2 percent of the population. Included is a fair share of those who received Johnson & Johnson as they only had to wait three months.

Last week, 123,517 people were revaccinated and 450,000 were invited to have their third jab, but some have been left waiting.

In total, 95.8 percent of nursing home residents have been revaccinated, 83.4 percent of those with chronic illnesses, and 79.9 percent of those over 85 years of age.

Meanwhile, the distribution of first jabs is still a major priority, and it is in urban areas where efforts are mainly failing. In the North and Central Jutland Region, 90 percent of everyone over the age of 12 has now been vaccinated.

Illness, stress, deprivation and strikes
Hospital admissions are rising – up to 414 yesterday, of which 51 are in intensive care – creating pressure on staff.

So it is good news that a parliamentary majority plans to suspend the guarantee to all people in Denmark that they can be treated or examined within 30 days.

“Our healthcare system is under extreme pressure. That is why we must do what we can to lend a helping hand, ”says health spokesperson in the Unity List Peder Hvelplund to DR.

His SF colleague Kirsten Normann agrees and calls the proposal “a good idea”.

The healthcare sector is struggling not only with the demands of the corona, but also with staff sickness, stress, shortages and strikes.

Waiting 24 hours for a test
In the meantime the demand for PCR testing is skyrocketing to the extent that many have to wait 24 hours for a period of time to get one.

Only in North and Central Jutland can the public find a time period on the same day as they decide to be tested.

The government has a goal that 80 percent of everyone who wants a test should be able to get one that day.

Finally, in other corona news, the US authorities have advised against their citizens traveling to Denmark due to the escalating corona cases. Yesterday’s figure was 3,711.

Specifically, the CDC authority, which is responsible for disease control and prevention in the United States, has decided to move Denmark up to level four – the same as Germany.

Source: The Nordic Page





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