On 18 February 2022, the Danish Health Authority advised of a pause to the covid-19 vaccination program. This follows earlier steps that reduced self-isolation to four days after a positive test and no or mild symptoms. The pause means that third doses of vaccine for those under 18 years of age and fourth doses for further groups will no longer be offered. The Danish Health Authority is also considering phasing out the covid-19 vaccination program in the spring.
A media report on 26 April 2022 noted the Danish Health Authority were happy with high levels of vaccination, and that as the epidemic was under control, they felt the country was now in a good position to wind down mass vaccination.
The decision follows a proposed position drafted by the European Commission to downgrade the pandemic, acknowledging that the world was now in a post-emergency phase. According to the report, the EU said targeted monitoring of cases should move to a similar model as for seasonal flu surveillance.
This goes against current advice from the World Health Organization which continues to believe the pandemic is ongoing.
Responses on social media suggest that many are over the ongoing pandemic measures with people pleading for an end to mandates and perceived human rights violations. Ongoing measures have failed to recognise the significant social, emotional, and financial costs to everyday Australians to date, especially those who have lost or are at risk of losing their livelihoods due to the continuation of ‘emergency measures’.