A total of 557,045 Norwegians have now received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. That is 10.3% of the population.
The information was revealed in the latest figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) vaccination statistics.
Two vaccine doses are needed to be fully vaccinated, and so far, 267,795 people have also received the second dose.
The health authorities have been criticized for the slow vaccination, but it has been announced that the pace will pick up with more deliveries in the coming weeks.
Almost twice as many women as men have received the first dose of vaccine. In total, 363,293 women and 193,752 men received the vaccine.
Most vaccinated people are in the age groups 75–84 years (205,532), 16–44 years (108,527), and over 85 years (105,334). Health workers and the oldest part of the population are given priority during vaccination.
The health authorities have assessed that the population down to the age of 45 must be vaccinated before the reopening can start in full.
The FHI’s most optimistic estimate is that this point can be reached around Pentecost.
However, that is based on the assumption that the AstraZeneca vaccine will be used again from next week. A decision on this will be announced on Friday. The use of the vaccine has been stopped after some vaccinated people reported severe blood clots.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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