Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) did not want to answer whether the Norwegian government will prioritize teachers in the vaccination queue.
In phase 2 of the vaccination, it will be natural to look at whether teachers should be given priority, the Prime Minister said in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Wednesday.
But Norway has not reached phase 2 yet, she pointed out.
On the contrary, Norway is still in phase 1, i.e., the vaccination of adults over the age of 45 and people with underlying diseases down to the age of 18.
Solberg gave no concrete signals about what the conclusion will be but pointed out that teachers have not had a greater risk of being infected, with the exception of some of the most vulnerable districts in Oslo.
Støre demands answer
Labor Party (AP) leader Jonas Gahr Støre demanded an answer about the case.
He pointed out that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that personnel working with children and young people should be given priority in phase 2 of the vaccination.
Støre also pointed out that the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) opened up to allow teachers to advance in the vaccine queue in its April professional advice.
“Employees in schools and kindergartens can’t protect themselves with distance or protective equipment, like others – who must be physically present at work – can,” Støre said.
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