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When will I receive my Covid-19 vaccine in Norway?

Vaccinations are a core component of Norway's plan to ease coronavirus measures and reopen society, but when will you receive yours and where can you check to find out?

When will I receive my Covid-19 vaccine in Norway?
A person receiving a shot. Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash

What is Norway’s Covid-19 vaccine policy?

Everyone living in Norway over the age of 18 will be offered a vaccine. Children aged between 12 and 15 in risk groups will also be offered vaccines

Vaccination is entirely optional in Norway and isn’t required for the Covid-19 certificate, more on that here

Vaccination is free for everyone in the Nordic country too. 

You can read more information on Norway’s vaccination program here

When will I receive my vaccine? 

Norway operates with two vaccine scenarios, one conservative and one more optimistic.

The short answer would be that Norway is aiming to offer everybody over the age of 18 their first jab by August 1st and expects everyone to be fully inoculated by mid-September. 

These targets are based on Norway’s “conservative” vaccination scenario. 

The scenarios offer a rough estimate on when municipalities will start offering offering each priority group vaccines. For example, according to the “conservative” schedule Norway should already be vaccinated everyone aged 45 and over and will start vaccinating those aged between 18 and 44 later in June.

The NIPH’s sober vaccination scenario. Source: NIPH

The more optimistic scenario envisages both doses being offered a week earlier than the sober scenario. 

However, in practice, this will depend on a few factors, such as the number of vaccines Norway will receive in the future and the efficiency of the inoculation program. 

READ ALSO: Pandemic in Europe won’t be over until 70 percent are vaccinated, says WHO

When will I know it’s my turn?

The exact timeframe you can expect to receive your vaccine shots depends entirely on where you live. 

This is because vaccination in Norway is handled by the individual municipalities, meaning that the date you get your jab is dependent on your municipality’s progress in vaccinating the priority groups. 

Essentially those who are older and have underlying conditions are prioritised over younger people with no underlying conditions. You can see the list of priority risk groups here

Here is an overview of how far in the vaccination program some of Norway’s largest cities are.

In Bergen, those who are 50 and older are being inoculated. Stavanger is offering shots to those aged 55-64 with no underlying conditions. Ålesund is giving vaccines to those 55 and up. Trondheim is vaccinating all priority groups. Tromsø is taking bookings from those aged between 25 and 39 and is vaccinating those aged between 55 and 64.

In Oslo, which priority group is being offered vaccines depends on the district you live in. For example, in Frogner, those aged between 55-64 are being offered shots, whereas in Bjerke, those aged 18 and up are being given doses. You can read more detailed info on Oslo here.

Once it is time for your priority group to be vaccinated, you will be contacted by the municipality to book a slot. In some cases, you may have to register before the authorities get in touch with you. You can either register directly with the municipality or via helsenorhe.no

You may also have to register in the municipality you live in if you are not in the national population register or your information is out of date.

If you’d like a rough time frame of when you will be vaccinated, it’s best to contact your municipalities coronavirus immunisation services. 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has put together a handy tool that offers a link to the website and contact details for the vaccine services in every municipality in Norway. 

The NIPH’s tool for checking when you will receive your vaccine. Source: NIPH

The sites will offer links to who to contact to register, which groups are being offered vaccines and, in some cases, weekly reports on the immunisation program.

Here is the link to the NIPH’s tool that offers links to every municipality.  

Currently, the interval between vaccine doses is up to nine weeks for healthy people under 65. This means you will be fully vaccinated no later than nine weeks after your first dose. 

However, the NIPH will trim the interval to four weeks later in the summer to ensure everybody is fully vaccinated according to schedule

How do I book my vaccine? 

As the immunisation program is handled by local authorities, there is no centralised booking system. This means that being booked in for a vaccine is a different process in each municipality across Norway. 

In Bergen, you will receive a letter from letters once it is your turn to book. In Oslo, you will receive an SMS with a link that you can follow to book the jab. In Stavanger, you will receive a message with an invitation. In Ålesund, there is an online booking system. In Trondheim, you can book online or by telephone. In Tromsø, you register to join the queue and then the authorities will text you.

To find out how to book an appointment in your area, you can use the NIPH’s tool

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Explained: How to register foreign Covid-19 vaccines in Norway 

Did you know that you can get coronavirus vaccines taken abroad added to your Norwegian Covid certificate? Here’s how. 

Explained: How to register foreign Covid-19 vaccines in Norway 
Here's how you can add a Covid-19 vaccine taken abroad added to your Norwegian Covid certificate. Photo by CDC on Unsplash

Residents in Norway can get vaccines taken in other countries registered in Norway and have them added to their Norwegian Covid certificate. 

This comes with a number of perks, such as being able to skip quarantine on your return to Norway if you are fully vaccinated, travelling freely to countries that accept EU Covid passes and attending events such as concerts that require a Covid certificate without having to test. 

It can, in most cases, also be a relatively straightforward process. Below we’ll talk you through everything you need to know. 

Who can register a foreign vaccine? 

Pretty much anyone who has an identity number, either a Norwegian national identity number or a D-Number, can register a European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Covid-19 vaccine that’s been administered outside of Norway. 

For practical reasons, you will need to have a level-four form of electronic ID to log into helsenorge.no, Norway’s digital health portal, when you wish to access your Covid certificate, so this is worth bearing in mind also. 

You can take a look at our guide to e-IDs in Norway here

Which vaccines are you able to register? 

You are currently only able to add EMA approved coronavirus vaccines taken in other countries to your Norwegian Covid certificate. 

These are currently Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and the Johnson & Johnson single-use Janssen vaccine.

This means that if you are planning on getting a jab in a country that offers vaccines that aren’t EMA approved as part of its inoculation program, you should prioritise getting a jab you will be able to add to your Norwegian Covid certificate. 

For those vaccinated in the UK it is unclear whether batches of AstraZeneca produced in the UK are included in this. The Local has contacted the Ministry of Health to confirm what applies to those who have received these batches. 

How do you register the vaccines? 

To add a foreign vaccine to your Covid-19 certificate with the Norwegian Immunisation Registry, SYSVAK, you will need to have your proof of vaccination verified by a medical professional. This can be a general practitioner, municipal health services, or a private healthcare provider. 

The vaccination certificate will need to contain the name of the vaccine, vaccination site, date and batch number of the vaccine.

In terms of proof, you can use either written documentation of vaccination or a Covid-19 certificate that has been issued in the EU or EEA. Some vaccine cards or certificates come with all this information included, so that may be sufficient proof. If not, you may need written proof from a medical professional in the country where the vaccine was issued that contains all the relevant information. 

Then you will need to request either an in-person consultation or a video one if you aren’t currently in Norway. 

This will cost around 160 kroner if you are seeing your regular doctor. If you cannot get an appointment and want to speed up the process, you can use a private provider such as Dr.Dropin or Volvat. The price of a private provider will range from 350 kroner to 1,300 kroner depending on who you choose.

How long will it take for them to be registered? 

According to helsenorge.no, the jabs are typically added to the all-important vaccine certificate within 24 hours. 

Anecdotally, some people have reported that it can take up to a few days before the vaccine is added to the certificate. 

This means that if you are planning on getting a foreign vaccine registered before returning to Norway to skip quarantine and testing, you should give yourself ample time. This isn’t just if the vaccine takes longer than expected to appear on your certificate, but also in case the information is wrong and needs updating. 

One last thing worth remembering is that you aren’t considered fully vaccinated in Norway until a week after your final jab. 

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