Bukholm: 90% of Norwegians could be fully vaccinated this week

Geir Bukholm - FHIPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) believes Norway has enough vaccines to be able to fully vaccinate 90% of the population over the age of 18 already this week. That could accelerate the reopening of the country.

“There are enough vaccines out in the municipalities and here to reach the goal. So it depends on the rate of vaccination,” the head of vaccine supply for Norway, Knut Jønsrud, told the newspaper VG.

Previously, there was a lack of vaccines in the country. Now the municipalities are struggling to administer all the vaccines. Fears have been expressed in Bergen and other municipalities that thousands of doses could be thrown away because people are skeptical of the Moderna vaccine.

Norway has fully vaccinated 80% of Norwegians over the age of 18. The goal is to vaccinate 90% of the group. Geir Bukholm, head of the vaccine program in Norway, says this could happen.

“Based on the number of available vaccine doses, we are able to reach the milestone this week. If we get 90% fully vaccinated people, the reopening could probably be accelerated,” Bukholm told VG.

However, he says that the municipalities are struggling to get people to vaccinate. The FHI is now asking municipalities to think creatively to reach the last 10% by – among other things – offering spontaneous vaccination appointments to those who struggle to find time to get vaccinated out of practical reasons.

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