While several Norwegian municipalities have started offering corona vaccines to healthy 18-year-olds, other municipalities have not given the first dose to healthy people under 65 years of age.
This is partly due to the fact that the municipalities in question have an older population and many people with underlying diseases. That means that fewer doses are given to others as the vaccine interval is six weeks (instead of twelve) for those with underlying diseases and those over 65, newspaper VG writes.
Nesbyen Municipality in Hallingdal in Viken County estimates that they will start vaccinating healthy people under 65 from July 8.
The municipality has administered 40.5% of the population the first dose and fully vaccinated 28.7% of the population. In comparison, Oslo has given 50.1% of its population one dose and 29.2% two doses, according to VG’s overview.
The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) estimates that most adults should be offered the first dose by Sunday, August 15.
The Ministry of Health and Care Services emphasized that the unequal distribution of vaccines – in line with the FHI’s advice – will benefit the whole of Norway.
“There was a period earlier this spring where almost 100% of all infection cases in Norway originated in the Oslo area. It is clear that what the FHI proposed was controversial, but we already see that it has positive effects. Oslo and the surrounding area have a significantly lower infection, and the delta variant would have had a better breeding ground if it were not like that,” State Secretary Saliba Korkunc noted.
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