Denmark has become the first country in the world to suspend its COVID vaccination program.
The country has cited its high vaccination rate, a reduction in the number of new infections and stable hospitalization rates as reasons for the move.
The decision means that invitations for vaccinations will no longer be issued after May 15, but health officials in the country expect that vaccinations will resume after the summer.
Denmark’s chief physician, Bolette Soborg, said: “We plan to reopen the vaccination program in the autumn. This will be preceded by a thorough professional assessment of who and when to vaccinate and with which vaccines.”
Professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Martin McKee, told Newsweek: “It’s important to be clear that Denmark is not halting vaccination. People who haven’t finished their courses will still be able to get doses.
The move meant that citizens of Denmark were no longer required to wear face masks in indoor spaces with COVID passes for bars and restaurants and the need for self-isolation following a positive test result also ended.