One in five Norwegians want to take the Janssen vaccine, survey shows

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The Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson will be given to Norwegians who are willing to take it. One in five say they would be willing to take it, a recent survey shows.

A total of 22% of respondents answered that they would take it, while 34% said they wouldn’t. The rest answered, among other things, that they have been vaccinated or that they do not know, according to the survey carried out by Respons Analyze on behalf of newspaper VG.

A total of 765 Norwegians between the ages of 18 and 86 participated in the survey between May 20 and 21.

The vaccine, which requires f only one dose, was put on hold in Norway in light of studies of side effects. It has not yet been used in Norway.

Professional disagreement

There has been disagreement in Norway as to whether it is beneficial to include the vaccine in the country’s vaccine program. 

Several health leaders have expressed skepticism about the vaccine. FHI director Camilla Stoltenberg said she would not take it at the moment.

“It is not the case that I would not under any circumstances take it. But given that we have the opportunity to get other better vaccines and that the waiting time for the first dose is not that long anymore, I would not take this vaccine,” she told VG.

The government has said that, in the long run, it would allow the voluntary use of the Janssen vaccine.

The Norwegian Medical Association (Den norske legeforening) association has warned doctors and municipalities against administering the vaccine. According to Aftenposten, several private actors have said they are willing to give the vaccine to volunteers who want to take it.

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