In a controversial move by Danish parliamentarians, citizens there will be forced to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as part of emergency laws passed in Copenhagen following the outbreak.

As well as making coronavirus vaccines mandatory as they become available, those who resist getting tested in the meantime risk arrest and jail.

The Danish government had planned to allow police enter homes without court orders where suspected carriers reside, but this proposal was eventually scrapped after opposition leaders voiced their disapproval.

Coming into effect in late March, law professor Jens Elo Rytter said he had not seen anything like the measures in 75 years.

“It is certainly the most extreme since the Second World War,” he told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.  “There have been some powerful encroachments in various terror packages. But this goes further.”

The law will not expire until March 2021, with Health Minister Magnus Heunicke wholeheartedly welcoming the legislation.

“I was touched when I saw the whole Parliament standing up and voting for this,” Heunicke told Danish state broadcaster DR after the law passed.

“It is time to put aside party politics and be together to do what it takes to bring Denmark safely through this situation.”

Michael Bang Petersen, Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University, said the law was attempting to answer “what we as a democracy can do to ensure the safety of society.”

“What we also have to deal with now is what basic elements of our democracy we are willing to compromise to save lives,” he said.