Norway shortens interval between first and second vaccine dose from 12 to 9 weeks

Bent HøiePhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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Following advice from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), the Norwegian government has decided to shorten the interval between the first and second doses of the corona vaccines.

“We will have very good access to vaccines in the future. The vaccination is now so fast that we can already shorten the interval. 

“With the currently assumed deliveries, the FHI believes that we can achieve the desired effect – to offer the first dose as quickly as possible – by setting the interval from 12 to 9 weeks,” Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) said in a press release.

He emphasized that the adjustment can be changed if there are changes in the vaccine deliveries.

Retroactive effect

“The change is introduced immediately. We, therefore, ask the municipalities to change appointments for those who have received the first dose with retroactive effect from week 20 as far as is practically possible,” Høie said.

Those over 65 and those with underlying diseases are still recommended to be vaccinated at six-week intervals.

The decision to increase the interval between the first and second dose was made at the end of April to ensure that as many people as possible were offered the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.

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