Oslo could get 43% more vaccines according to new strategy

Stovner - OsloPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

The government’s announced change in the vaccine strategy gives Oslo up to 43% more vaccines than before.

The change has taken place after professional input from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

The doses will now be delivered based on the proportion of inhabitants over the age of 18 instead of the proportion over the age of 65. 

That means far more doses will go to Oslo and other municipalities with a young population, newspaper Aftenposten writes.

“The adjustment has been planned all the time. We have now vaccinated so many people that it is important to do this now,” infection control director Geir Bukholm in the FHI said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Mutated virus variants

The mutated and more contagious coronavirus has managed to do great damage in Norway. That is one of the arguments for vaccinating the most densely populated areas, Bukholm explained.

He says this change affects more than the redistribution that the government adopted last week when it was decided that areas with high infection pressure would receive 20% more doses between March 15 and June 15.

Next week, Norway will receive a total of 90,750 vaccine doses for distribution after AstraZeneca announced that it had to halve its delivery to Norway from around 50,000 to only 26,400 doses.

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