Norwegian doctor calls for a change in the national vaccination strategy

Stovner - OsloPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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A doctor who has 35 years of experience as a GP in Groruddalen in Oslo, would rather have the vaccination be based on address than age when it comes to prioritizing corona vaccines.

Doctor Gunnar Rusten told newspaper Klassekampen that it was a paradox that the list of vaccinated people is dominated by Norwegian names, while the list of corona-infected people has a majority of foreign names.

“We would have been able to control the infection more effectively with a vaccine strategy that had been based on a vulnerability index based on addresses,” Rusten said.

He retired in April last year but was soon brought in as an assistant district doctor in Stovner district. He emphasizes that the views are his own and not the district’s official views.

Rusten believes it would be right to prioritize the sub-districts where the infection is highest.

“It would be wise to use the knowledge from infection tracing to tailor the vaccination to where the infection pressure is highest,” the former GP said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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