Health institute chief: The causes of vaccine-related deaths in Norway have not been analyzed yet

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

A total of 33 deaths have been reported among people who have been vaccinated in Norway. The causal relationship has not yet been analyzed, the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) chief Camilla Stoltenberg stated at a press conference on Monday.

A total of 13 deaths have been investigated closely. 

Last week, a short report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency stated that all of the recipients of the vaccines in those cases were old, “frail,” and had serious illnesses.

So far in Norway, it is first and foremost people in nursing homes who have been vaccinated.

“No analyzes of the causal connection have been made yet,” Stoltenberg said.

No excess mortality detected?

It is important to remember that about 45 people die every day in nursing homes in Norway, so it is not a given that the deaths represent any excess mortality or any causal connection, Stoltenberg accentuated.

“But it is conceivable that some of those who have received the vaccine are so frail that one should have perhaps thought about not offering them a vaccine,” she added.

That’s because they are so ill that they may get worse from the normal side effects people get when the body reacts by building up immunity.

Each case must be assessed

The most commonly reported adverse reactions to the vaccine are general symptoms. 

Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, and respiratory symptoms such as wheezing and coughing are also among the most commonly reported side effects.

Stoltenberg emphasized the advice all along was that there should be an individual assessment before the vaccine is offered.

More than 40,000 Norwegians have so far been vaccinated. 

Steinar Madsen, director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, has said that cases where frail people die are rare and that many thousands of frail people have been vaccinated without a fatal outcome.

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