Norway announces new delay in vaccination plan – some people may have to wait until September

Geir BukholmPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB

Some residents in several smaller municipalities in Norway may have to wait until the beginning of September to be offered the first dose of the corona vaccine, according to the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

Previously, the FHI stated that everyone in Norway would be offered the first dose in week 32, the week starting on August 9. Now, the date has been moved to the beginning of September, newspaper VG writes.

It is still the case that the inhabitants of most municipalities will be offered vaccines during week 32, but in some municipalities, it may take longer. 

The change could affect up to 50 smaller municipalities, according to the FHI’s preliminary assessments.

New delays

There may be a delay of three to four weeks for some individuals, infection control director at the FHI Geir Bukholm said.

The FHI has previously stated that the vaccine program could be delayed because more people than expected are taking the vaccines.

“There are so many who want to get vaccinated. This is very good news for herd immunity in Norway, but it means that it might take longer before we get to the next priority group,” FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg told NTB on Thursday morning.

In addition, the risk groups appear to be larger than expected in several municipalities, which also affects vaccination progress.

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