Denmark has issued a ban on all COVID-19 vaccination shots for almost all citizens under the age of 50 years old.
In July 2022, the Scandanavian nation banned all children and adolescents aged under 18 from receiving the first Covid vaccine.
After September 1, 2022, under-18s were also prohibited from getting the second shot.
Now, Denmark has expanded the rules to bar almost everyone under 50 from receiving any more mRNA Covid jabs, the Danish Health Authority announced.
Danes under 50 will only be allowed to receive the shots if they are at “higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19,” the new rules state.
The Danish Health Authority has not yet defined the “higher risk” groups.
However, they will likely include only a handful of people, such as those receiving cancer treatments that suppress their immune systems.
Pregnant women are unlikely to be included.
Denmark did not explicitly say the risks of mRNA shots now outweigh their benefits for healthy people under 50.
Nevertheless, that view is implicit in the announcement.
The new rules do not merely discourage the vaccines but actually ban those people from being given the shots.
The move comes despite Denmark declaring that it expects “a large wave of [Covid] infections” in the next few months.