Norway’s health institute: First round of corona vaccination could be completed in three weeks

Geir BukholmPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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According to newspaper VG, it could take a few weeks between the first doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine coming to Norway and priority groups receiving the vaccine in their municipality.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) has been commissioned to prepare for vaccination as early as December 1. 

However, it is still uncertain when the first vaccine will be approved in the EU and Norway.

“The actual distribution will take a few days, from the time we have it in our warehouse until the vaccines go out to the municipalities,” area director Geir Bukholm at FHI told VG.

The municipalities will be responsible for the vaccination. 

Prioritization

Bukholm does not expect to get enough vaccine doses for the entire population in the first round. 

The first round will, therefore, be used on priority groups.

“I think we can organize a system that manages to carry out this type of vaccination in two to three weeks,” Bukholm noted.

It has not yet been decided who will be given priority in the first round. 

Health workers and people in risk groups are likely candidates.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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