Even after 75% of the population has been fully vaccinated, Denmark is still experiencing the COVID spike. Now, in order to control the situation, the Danish health minister has asked more and more people to get vaccinated, else the government will “shut down society”.
In the month of May, Denmark suffered the worst COVID spike where the R number was 2.01. It is the highest since January.
Denmark’s total population is 5.8 million out of which 75 percent inhabitants have been fully vaccinated.
It has been a week since Denmark is getting more than 1000 cases daily. More than 85 percent of the population over the age of 12 has been vaccinated.
Now authorities are threatening to “shut down society,” according to opposition party health spokesman Martin Geertsen, if more Danes don’t take the shot.
“If we are to keep Denmark open, we must have more people get the vaccine,” said Health Minister Magnus Heunicke.
Although the health minister said the vaccine would remain voluntary, he however ominously warned the people to get the jab.
Geertsen said that Heunicke was sending a “completely wild message.” In addition to it, the government was breaking its promise to eliminate lockdowns once a high proportion of the population had been vaccinated.
Last year, Danish authorities tried to pass a law to enforce forced vaccination of anyone, and decided to take the help of police to physically detain people and hold them down while being jabbed. However, this effort was abandoned after mass protests.
Earlier, the Head of Denmark’s Medicines Agency Tanja Erichsen fainted during a live press conference while announcing the halt of AstraZeneca vaccine.
Denmark was the first European country to completely stop using AstraZeneca vaccine for causing cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), a brain blood clot in recipients.
Meanwhile, a major lawsuit has been filed against the PM of Denmark for strict COVID-19 restrictions and for killing almost 17 million minks.
According to the lawsuit, authorities did not recommend a major shutdown, as the PM Mette Frederiksen claimed. It was herself and Barbara Bertelsen, the Prime Minister’s Head of Department, who would send alarm emails with attached articles from the media to the heads of department, creating the panic.