Steen: Everyone in Oslo will be offered the first vaccine dose within the first week of July

Robert SteenPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB

Oslo’s health councilor Robert Steen (AP) says that all of the capital’s citizens will be offered the first coronavirus vaccine dose by the first week of July.

At the same time as Oslo announced a comprehensive reopening from next week, Steen announced updates about vaccine dates.

By Sunday, June 13, everyone over the age of 45 will be offered the first vaccine dose, Steen said. The following week, on Monday, June 14, Oslo will start vaccinating 18-year-olds.

According to Steen, by the first week of July, all age groups will be offered a vaccine.

“What we see now is that by the first week in July, we will be done with everyone,” Steen told news bureau NTB. 

Second dose by September

Then it will take twelve weeks before everyone has been vaccinated with the second dose, Steen said, adding that some might be offered the second dose even before twelve weeks have passed.

That means that all adults in Oslo can expect to be fully vaccinated by the end of September.

But the effect from the first dose is already 85%, the Steen reminded.

“So we are quite safe already after the first jab,” he said.

More than one in three vaccinated

As of May 21, almost 38% of Oslo’s population over the age of 18 were vaccinated with the first dose, and 18% were vaccinated with the second dose.

“The greater the vaccination rate, the more confident we can be that the city will reopen,” Steen noted.

On Tuesday, it was announced that 24 municipalities in Eastern Norway, including Oslo, will receive a 60% increase in the proportion of doses until everyone over the age of 18 has been vaccinated.

Oslo’s city council has so far chosen to give more vaccine doses to more infected districts in the east of the city. Steen said that it has not yet been decided whether this skewed distribution will continue in the future.

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