The majority of Norwegians doesn’t agree with the government’s vaccine prioritization, new survey shows

Raymond JohansenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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A total of 62% of the population believe that municipalities with high infection pressure should receive the corona vaccines first, according to a new survey.

According to a survey conducted by Respons Analyze for newspaper, only 24% of those surveyed support the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) and the government’s vaccination strategy, according to which vaccine doses are distributed equally based on population VG.

Thus, the majority agrees with the City Council chief in Oslo Raymond Johansen (AP), who believes that municipalities with high infection pressure should be prioritized.

“My position is that we must vaccinate the most (people) where the risk of infection is greatest, regardless of whether it is Oslo or Hitra. Then we prevent the further spread of infection in the country,” Johansen noted.

Not enough vaccines?

State Secretary Anne Grethe Erlandsen (H) replies that there are currently not enough vaccines coming to the country – and that if one were to vaccinate the inhabitants of Oslo, they would have to take almost all vaccines from the rest of the country for a period of time.

“That would be risky in a pandemic because we do not know where the next outbreak will come. There is a danger that more people will become seriously ill and die in total in our country if we give vaccine priority to one of the areas with the highest infection,” Erlandsen said.

She added that access to the vaccine and new knowledge about the vaccine’s effect and the infection situation could change the prioritization.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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