FHI is assessing risk groups in Norway that will need a third corona vaccine dose

Sara WatlePhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB

According to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), two vaccine doses are enough for most people. However, the FHI is now working on identifying risk groups that could need vaccine boosters.

“For healthy people who are vaccinated this summer, it will probably be a long time until there is a need for a booster shot – if it is needed at all,” FHI chief physician Sara Viksmoen Watle told newspaper VG.

A third dose can increase protection and provide long-lasting immunity. Several countries, such as Denmark and the UK, are considering it. 

The latter is examining which vaccines work best for the purpose in the world’s first clinical study on so-called booster vaccines.

No concrete plan

In Norway, the FHI has not laid down any concrete plan but closely monitors the effect on the vaccinated, newspaper VG writes.

Watle says it is most likely relevant to only give booster shots to risk groups such as the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, or others who have not received good enough protection.

People who have received an organ transplant can receive a new dose of vaccine in the autumn, while other risk groups may receive an offer for the winter.

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