Assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad told TV 2 that the infection situation in the context of omicron is quite similar to the situation in March 2020, before the vaccination program was underway.
He pointed out that infection rates and hospitalization rates are rising and that the vaccines do not seem to provide full protection against the omicron variant.
“We are back to March 2020 a bit, when no one in the population really had particularly good protection against the new virus. Now it seems that the vaccines do not protect us very well against this new variant. So we are back in the same situation a bit, except that the vaccines may protect you from becoming seriously ill,” Nakstad told TV 2.
He emphasized that the vaccines provide important protection against serious illness and that it appears that they provide the same protection against serious illness when it comes to omicron infection.
Only 7% of everyone over the age of 45 in Norway is unvaccinated. Nevertheless, just over 40% of corona patients in Norwegian hospitals are unvaccinated, according to figures from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).
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