A large number of those who have been chosen as primary recipients of the H1N1
vaccine are declining the injection, apparently because many Danes have the
impression that swine flu is not as dangerous as first suggested.
Some 360,000 police officers, nurses, doctors and others deemed to be in key
functions have been offered the vaccine but under a third have applied.
”After planning and and carrying out 12 seasons of mass vaccinations against
influenza, I would think that at the moment only about 30 percent of those
in key functions are prepared to take the vaccine,” says Danske Lægers
Vaccinations Service (DLVS, Danish Doctors Vaccination Service) Chairman
The DLVS is Denmark’s largest vaccination agency, which is in constant contact
wioth national and local authorities in connection with the vaccination of
key personnel, and based on reporting from these authorities the service
says only few want the vaccine.
A majority of police officers that Police Federation Head of Secretariat Hans
Bundesen has been in contact with say they do not want the vaccine.
The Doctors’ Associaition and the Danish Nursing Council have advised their
members to be vaccinated, but are unsure how many members will actually have
Østergaard says that reticence is the result of National Board of Health and
Health Minister Jakob Axel Nielsen’s statements that the H1N1 virus is not
as dangerous as first thought.
”The National Board of Health’s evaluation is that the population in Denmark
need not generally be worried about infection (with H1N1),” the Board says
prominently on its webpage.
The National Board of Health says that a total of some 1.1 million Danes will
be offered the H1N1 vaccine.