Second dose of corona vaccine administered for the first time in Norway

Svein AndersenPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

Svein Andersen (67), who was the first Norwegian to receive the corona vaccine in the country, received his second dose of the corona vaccine on Sunday. 

With that, he also became the first person to receive the second dose in Norway. 

“An employee called me Svein Armstrong after the first vaccine dose was administered,” Andersen said. He is a resident of Ellingsrudhjemmet in Oslo.

He received the first dose on December 27, while the vaccination in six other eastern municipalities started the next day.

The corona vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech provides protection against COVID-19 in 94% of cases. It is taken in two doses, three weeks apart. It gives its full effect one week after the second dose is taken.

“This is a big thing for Ellingsrudhjemmet, Oslo Municipality, and basically for the whole country,” Helge Jagmann at the Nursing Home Agency said just before the dose was administered.

“Nothing to fear”

Andersen said that the vaccination went well and that his family is happy that he took it.

“There is nothing to fear. It did not feel any different than the first,” he added.

He advised others to take the vaccine.

“You aren’t doing this just for your own sake. It is important that as many as possible take it. The vaccine will not be very effective unless large parts of the population have been vaccinated,” Andersen said.

“Almost a bit symbolic”

Oslo’s Vice Mayor for Health, Robert Steen, noted that he is relieved that a second dose of the vaccine has been administered. 

“The first corona-related death in Norway occurred at Ellingsrudhjemmet in March. Now it has also become the place where the first vaccine was taken, so it is almost a bit symbolic,” he said.

Last week, Pfizer announced that its vaccine deliveries would be delayed

Norway was expecting 43,875 vaccine doses from Pfizer next week but now looks set to receive 36,075 doses.

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