From Wednesday, residents over the age of 16 will be able to choose which type of corona vaccine they want as doses 1 and 2, Oslo Municipality stated on Tuesday.
The same applies to people with a weakened immune system who must get a third vaccine dose.
The decision comes after the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) informed municipal chiefs that adults could choose the type of vaccine themselves because both Pfizer and Moderna vaccine stocks are well off at the moment.
“Until mid-October, we have many vaccines in stock, both BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna. This makes it possible for the Municipality to allow residents to choose the type of vaccine themselves,” head of the vaccine program in Oslo, Miert Skjoldborg Lindboe, stated in a press release.
Lindboe hopes the move will lead to higher vaccination coverage in Oslo, and she emphasizes that cross-vaccination is safe.
“If residents want a vaccine that the center does not offer on the day the person shows up, the person in question can get an appointment on another day when that vaccine type is available,” Lindboe said.
There is no guarantee of how long the different types of vaccines will be in stock.
Oslo continues to offer Pfizer to children and young people under 18 years of age. Both types of vaccines are approved for everyone over the age of 12.
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