Government postpones large parts of the reopening plan until all adults in Norway are vaccinated

Bent HøiePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

The Norwegian government has decided to postpone the planned relief in step 4 of Norway’s reopening plan until all adults are protected – but with some exceptions.

The implementation of stage 4 has already been postponed twice, both times due to concerns related to the delta variant, which infects vaccinated people to a greater extent.

The government hopes that it will be possible to live normally – without distance requirements and other domestic restrictions – when all adults have had the opportunity to receive two doses.

It was previously estimated that this could happen towards the end of September, but on Friday, the news was announced that Norway would receive 1 million more Moderna vaccine doses

On Friday, Prime Minister Erna Solberg told the newspaper VG that the reopening would be accelerated by two weeks due to the extra doses.

Decision on vaccinating 16- and 17-year-olds

The government also announced that it would make a decision on whether to vaccinate 16- and 17-year-olds already this month.

The decision comes as a result of the vaccination now going faster than expected, thanks to the 1 million extra Moderna doses that Norway will get from Poland.

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