FHI: 90% of people in Norway who got AstraZeneca as their first dose accepted mRNA vaccines as their second dose

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinePhoto: Olivier Chassignole, Pool via AP
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A total of 90% of those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first corona vaccine dose have now been vaccinated with the second dose of an mRNA vaccine or have undergone COVID-19.

It has now been 12 weeks since the last people in Norway were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) stated in a press release.

They believe that the high support for dose two of an mRNA vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna) is largely due to good information and practical arrangements from the health trusts.

“The health trusts have made a fantastic effort both by facilitating the practical offer and by providing good information about safety and efficacy related to taking different vaccines,” FHI chief physician Sara Viksmoen Watle noted in the press release.

Proportion expected to increase

The FHI stated that they do not know why the remaining 10% did not accept the offer. However, they expect that the proportion of those who have been fully vaccinated will increase somewhat in the coming weeks.

Norway stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 11 after reports of cases of blood clots, low platelet levels, and bleeding in people who received the vaccine. On May 12, the government removed the vaccine from the Norwegian vaccination program.

A total of 138,300 people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Norway. A large proportion of them works in health. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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