Norwegian fire brigade leadership asks for national clarification on vaccines

FirefightersPhoto: Vestfold interkommunale brannvesen / NTB
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Several leaders in the fire brigade in Trøndelag are asking for a national clarification on who in the fire service can get the coronavirus vaccine.

Several municipalities in Trøndelag are in the process of vaccinating local fire brigades, newspaper Adresseavisen writes.

Bernt Lein in the Fosen fire and rescue service is among those who are asking for a national clarification on whether it is okay or not for fire brigade members to get vaccinated.

“I think someone will claim that we’re sneaking into the queue. Although most people will approve of it,” Lein said.

The problem applies to more places than Trøndelag. The fire brigade at Romerike has previously told newspaper Romerikes Blad that they may have to say “no” to assignments if they are not vaccinated.

In March, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) told the country’s municipalities that fire crews who perform health-related assignments could be vaccinated. However, it was specified that the recommendation must be interpreted strictly.

The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) said they had raised the issue with the FHI.

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

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