Norway’s health institute: We are running out of flu vaccines

Flu vaccinePhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) has around 60,000 doses of the usual flu vaccine for risk groups and health professionals. They must be rationed so that as many as possible get them.

The FHI managed to obtain 1.2 million doses of influenza vaccine, but the supply will cover only two thirds of the demand. 

Due to the corona pandemic, there has been a record high demand for influenza vaccine in the target groups for vaccination, FHI wrote in a press release on Monday.

“We are receiving a number of inquiries from both health personnel and municipalities that are starting to run out of vaccines,” senior adviser at FHI Kjersti Rydland pointed out.

She emphasized that people in the risk groups must check the municipality’s website to find out how they can be vaccinated against the flu and get in touch.

The lack of influenza vaccine is due, among other things, to increased global demand, coincident epidemic peaks, and subsequent capacity problems in the health service.

“We have tried to get additional doses for a long time but have so far not succeeded. Of course, we are still working on getting more doses to Norway,” Rydland said.

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