FHI: It takes at least 28 days for people to get the full effect of the corona vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / Ariel Schalit
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The first corona vaccinations in Norway are starting soon. It takes at least 28 days from receiving the first vaccine dose until one gets the vaccine’s full effect, the FHI notes.

“It takes between one to two weeks after getting the last dose before the vaccine reaches the efficiency rate of 95%,” Are Stuwitz Berg of the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) told TV 2.

On Monday night, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was formally approved for use in the EU and Norway. 

On Christmas Day, the first dose of the vaccine will be administered. 

After that, the vaccination process will continue in full. Norway will receive 35,000 doses during Christmas. After that, weekly deliveries of 40,000 doses are expected.

Two doses

The vaccine must be taken in two doses at 21-day intervals for it to give the full effect. 

Studies from Pfizer show that the effect after the first dose is around 52%. After one takes the second dose, the effect increases to 95%.

Are Stuwitz Berg says that people have to be careful even if they have received the first dose.

“You will be somewhat protected after the first dose, but you may still get infected with corona. 

“Therefore, it is important to continue to wear a face mask, keep your distance, and think about infection control rules even if you have been vaccinated,” Berg said.

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