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COVID-19 VACCINES

Can you get a Danish coronapas with a foreign vaccination certificate?

Getting a vaccination registered on your Danish coronapas means an end to all the endless testing. But can you use a foreign vaccination certificate to do that?

Can you get a Danish coronapas with a foreign vaccination certificate?
This German AstraZeneca certificate can be used to get a valid coronapas in Denmark. Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP

How is it supposed to work? 

According to the Danish authorities’ Coronasmitte website, it is possible to use a foreign vaccination certificate to get a valid Danish coronapas, so long as: 

  • The vaccine used has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (currently Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. 
  • It has been at least 14 days since your first dose 
  • You then have had your second jab within 42 days of your first dose 

How do you register your foreign vaccination? 

If you have a valid Danish CPR number and a NemID,  you can log onto the Sundhed.dk or “min læge” app  and upload your vaccination documents, along with the batch number and the dates.

Once these have been approved by a doctor, the information will be registered and visible on your coronapas within a few days. 

What if I don’t have a Danish CPR number and a NemID? 

If you have a doctor in Denmark, you can still visit them with your physical vaccination certificates. Once they have registered them and uploaded them to the system, you should then automatically receive a paper version of the coronapas in your postbox. 

How does it work in practice? 

Pretty well it seems, although there are reports of some doctors refusing to put vaccination carried out in some countries into the system. 

Tom Seabury, from the UK, went to see his doctor in person with a photocopy of his “handwritten, scruffy cardboard” UK vaccine records. 

“He merely entered the details then warned me that it could take (hold your breath) one or even two days! to filter into the coronapas systems. Next morning it was all done. No cost, no hassle.” 

Jim Frater, from the US, got his US vaccination registered on his coronapas a week after visiting his doctor. 

However, one foreigner who got vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson in Hungary complained his doctor flat-out refused to put the vaccination into the system. 

Ana Chikitovic initially struggled to convince her doctor to register the Pfizer vaccinations she had in Serbia, with the doctor saying there were no instructions from the health ministry on how to handle vaccinations from outside the EU.

She got her pass, however, when the travel guidelines were changed last Friday. 

What can you do if your doctor doesn’t refuses to register a foreign vaccination?

You can change doctor. Some people have also managed to get their vaccination registered using the hejdoktor.dk private internet doctor site. 

Member comments

  1. Perhaps you could write about how Americans who frequently visit Denmark could easily participate in Coronapas?

    (I for example do have a California state vaccination digital record of two Pfizer shots by March plus the CDC paper card.)

    Tak.

    1. I am also interested in this.
      For example, how can vaccinated friends and family visiting from the US use the coronapas, if they do not have nemid, cpr or a doctor in DK.

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Who is eligible for a fourth Covid vaccine dose in Denmark and when?

Public health officials in Denmark say a low turnout for the second round of Covid booster shots — for most people, their fourth jab — has made them concerned that many don’t realise they’re eligible.

Who is eligible for a fourth Covid vaccine dose in Denmark and when?

 Danish authorities have hardly clear on whether to offer fourth Covid jabs and to whom, since the beginning of 2022.

In January, the government announced that fourth shots would be given to the very elderly and other high risk populations— but that decision was reversed just four weeks later and the fourth Covid dose program was ended.

At a June 22nd press conference, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced plans for a more general booster program in the autumn and added that the ‘particularly vulnerable’ would be eligible for new doses the following week. 

When the Covid vaccination program began in early 2021, Denmark estimated the number of ‘selected patients with particularly increased risk’ that should be prioritised for vaccination at 240,000. But in the month since Frederiksen’s announcement, only about 3,500 people have come in for a fourth jab. Experts say that’s in no small part over confusion as to who is ‘particularly vulnerable.’

Indeed, the Danish Health Authority website doesn’t appear to currently provide a list of conditions that qualify for a second booster and instead refers readers to their primary care provider. That’s unfortunate since even general practitioners are finding it hard to determine who the rules say can get a fourth shot, Danish broadcaster DR reports.

The failure to resolve the issue is putting many patients at risk, some public health experts worry. “With the spread we are seeing with Covid at the moment, I think the Health Authority needs to be very clear about who should get the fourth prick now and who should wait,” Torben Mogensen, chairman of the Lung Association, told DR. 

READ ALSO: Danish health minister says further Covid-19 vaccinations could ward off restriction

What we know for sure 

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women are already eligible for fourth doses
  • People with suppressed immune systems are already eligible 
  • Approximately September 15: fourth doses begin for people in care homes and among ‘particularly vulnerable’ elderly people 
  • October 1st: fourth doses begin for everyone 50 years of age and and over 

Your primary care provider (the one on your yellow card) can refer you for a vaccination appointment, as can doctors at hospitals. 

What factors will your doctor consider? 

Guidelines provided to doctors by the Danish Health Authority ask them to weigh the patient’s age, risk of serious course of illness if infected, their presumed immunity status based on recent infection, and their overall risk of infection based on their living conditions (strangely, crowded living conditions and living in a sparsely populated area both suggest you may need a booster shot). 

…and now for the riddles

In lieu of a list of conditions that might qualify a patient for an early fourth shot, doctors have been offered a series of ‘example patients’ that are eligible for a booster  under the new rules. 

  • 45-year-old woman with reduced immune system due to haematological cancer
  • 74-year-old man with severe obesity and heart failure, who has had recurring lower respiratory tract infections for the past six months and declining functional level
  • 65-year-old woman with severe obesity and diabetes with serious co-morbidities, e.g foot ulcers or chronic kidney failure
  • 82-year-old woman with rapid onset of functional loss (e.g. failing memory, reduced mobility and need for help with personal care) and beginning signs of malnutrition (eats too little, does not gain weight)
  • 23-year-old with cystic fibrosis with frequent pneumonia and hospitalisations
  • 50-year-old male with bowel cancer who has recently completed chemotherapy
  • 85-year-old man who lives with his children and grandchildren in a small home
  • 65-year-old woman who has been operated on for breast cancer and has diabetes, and who needs to travel to an area with high infection
  • 39-year-old resident of a social psychiatric residence, with heavy tobacco consumption, occasional alcohol overconsumption, overweight and in treatment with many different drugs

READ ALSO: Danish hospitals see rise in number of Covid patients 

It’s worth a call or message 

With a particularly nasty flu season on the horizon, public health experts say it’s worth a call, email, or message to your primary care provider if you have any reason to suspect you might be eligible for vaccination. 

“We know that infection rates have been rising both in Denmark and in Europe in recent weeks, and a new variant is on its way in,” Aarhus University professor emeritus of infectious diseases told DR.  “Then comes autumn, when we know that a respiratory virus spreads more than it does in summer. So there’s every reason to get that fourth jab if you’re in the vulnerable groups and it’s been more than six months since you had your third.” 

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