Norwegians can now book doctor appointments to see if they can get the Janssen vaccine

Janssen - Johnson vaccinePhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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From Tuesday, June 15, those who want to take the Janssen vaccine voluntarily can book an appointment for an assessment with private doctors, vaccination clinics, and GPs.

The Norwegian government has decided that the Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson will be offered outside the country’s corona vaccination program – on a voluntary basis.

Strict criteria have been set for who can apply to receive the vaccine. Those who wish to take the Janssen vaccine must be assessed by a doctor first. 

Some of the criteria are necessary travel to a country with a high level of infection, severe mental illness, or danger to life due to prolonged isolation.

At the Travel Clinic in Oslo, they have already noticed an influx of people who want the Janssen vaccine, newspaper Aftenposten writes. The clinic has so far received 50 doses, and at least 21 of them are scheduled for administration on Tuesday. Another 150 doses have been ordered.

Criticism

The government’s decision to make the vaccine available has been met with opposition and criticism from several quarters.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) and the Norwegian Directorate of Health believe the vaccine shouldn’t be allowed, and the Norwegian Medical Association openly advises against it. Several private health trusts have also decided not to offer the vaccine.

On Monday, the FHI stated that an order had been received for 1,590 doses of the vaccine. In total, the Institute has over 200,000 doses in stock.

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