“Adults are not called when it is time to freshen up the vaccines they received as children. It is absurd,” says SV’s parliamentary representative Nicholas Wilkinson.
Wilkinson, who is a member of the health and care committee at Parliament, therefore proposes a state-funded vaccination program for adults, writes Aftenposten.
He wants everyone to be summoned when it is time to get a new vaccine, and that it should be voluntary and free, and preferably at the GP.
– “People in risk groups, such as the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, can die. That is why it is important to have herd immunity,” says Wilkinson, who presented a proposal to Parliament in June.
He believes that more people will take the vaccine when they receive information that it is time, and that it is also free, as he believes many will be reluctant to do so when they have to pay.
Wilkinson receives support from the Norwegian Association for General Practice, where leader and GP Marte Kvittum Tangen believes that a state vaccination program for adults will strengthen public health.
In 2018, the National Institute of Public Health submitted a report on the start of such a vaccine program, but no political decision has yet been made in the case.
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