Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) understands the representatives of the Norwegian parliament (Storting) who believe that the vaccine debate in recent days has put them in a difficult situation.
“It is voluntary to take the vaccine. But it is clear that with such a large media focus, I think it is demanding for some,” Solberg told news bureau NTB.
She didn’t want to comment on the press’ handling of the case. However, she pointed out that several members of the Storting have expressed that they find the situation difficult.
“There is no doubt that the debate in recent days can be experienced as quite demanding for each individual parliamentary representative. But it is important to remember that we are elected by the people to take care of positions and be functional in these,” the Prime Minister said.
She defended the government’s decision to move government members and parliamentary representatives forward in the vaccine queue.
“We believe it is important to be prepared,” Solberg said.
“Then, we have also said that it is voluntary for each individual.”
On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) is among those who declined the vaccine offer. Solberg said that she knew what Høie thought about the issue in advance.
“And he is 50 years old now. He is just around the corner to be vaccinated,” she said.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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