New survey: 1 million Norwegians are skeptical of coronavirus vaccine

Coronavirus vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth, File
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A total of 18% of Norwegians in a recent survey said they wouldn’t take the coronavirus vaccine – that corresponds to around one million Norwegians.

The survey was conducted by YouGov on behalf of Tryg Forsikring. 

When asked if they would go and get vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine arrives, 18% answered “no,” 33% responded that they “don’t know,” while 49% answered “yes.”

Lack of vaccination can lead to the pandemic lasting longer than it would otherwise, communications manager Ole Irgens in Tryg Forsikring warned in a press release.

Irgens added that they encourage customers to follow the authorities’ advice to take the vaccine when it is available.

Irgens: Get vaccinated before traveling abroad

“At the same time, we want to warn everyone against traveling abroad without getting vaccinated, even to countries that are no longer marked as “red,” Irgens said.

The survey shows that the “no” proportion is greatest in Innlandet county, where 32% answered that they would not take the vaccine. 

With 11%, Troms and Finnmark have the lowest proportion of “no” respondents.

Earlier this week, the government decided that the vaccine against COVID-19 would be free for the entire population. 

The goal is for the vaccine to be available to everyone as soon as possible when it arrives. 

Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) said that the hope is to start offering vaccines as early as 2021.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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