Norwegian government plans to offer corona vaccines to 16- and 17-year-olds, final decision in September

Bent HøiePhoto: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB
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The Norwegian government plans to offer 16- and 17-year-olds corona vaccines after the population over 18 has been fully vaccinated.

A final decision on this will be made in September, the government stated.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) recommends that 16- and 17-year-olds be offered a corona vaccine after everyone over the age of 18 has been fully vaccinated.

“We want to have as much knowledge as possible about the effect and side effects before we vaccinate people under 18 in Norway. 

“The government will therefore wait with a final decision on vaccination of 16- and 17-year-olds until the National Institute of Public Health has made a new assessment in September,” Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) noted on Monday.

No earlier than October

The offer will not be made until the adult population over the age of 18 has been vaccinated, i.e., until the beginning of October 2021 at the earliest, the FHI noted.

Few young people have become seriously ill with the coronavirus, but there is more infection among 16-17-year-olds than among younger adolescents and children.

“Vaccination will prevent the spread of infection in the age group and could contribute to population-level immunity. This is necessary to ease restrictions that have been particularly stressful for young people during the pandemic,” chief physician Margrethe Greve-Isdahl at the FHI noted in a press release.

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

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