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What do I need to know about my Covid-19 vaccine appointment in Norway?  

What do I need to know about my Covid-19 vaccine appointment in Norway?  
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You've got a vaccine appointment, but what do you need to bring, how long will it take, and what will happen? Here's everything you need to know for when it's time to get your injection.

What is Norway’s Covid-19 vaccine policy? 

Everyone over the age of 18 living in Norway will be offered a vaccine, in addition to children aged between 12 and 15 in risk groups.

Vaccination is free and entirely optional in Norway. It isn’t required for the Covid-19 certificate either; you can read more on that here. You can also learn more about Norway’s program here

When will I receive my vaccine appointment? 

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

Norway’s more conservative scenario envisions everyone being offered their first jab by early August. 

Norway’s inoculation program is handled individually by each of its municipalities, so when you actually receive your vaccine will depend on how much progress your municipality has made with its immunisation scheme. 

For the complete rundown on everything you need to know about when you will receive your vaccine, click here

How do I book my appointment? 

In most cases, the municipality where you live will contact you to book an appointment. 

As mentioned earlier, vaccination is handled by each of Norway’s municipalities, so how they get in touch may differ depending on where you live. 

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

In some cases, you will have to register with the municipality directly. You will also need to register directly with the municipality if you are not in the national population register or your information is not up to date. 

This link will help you find your municipality’s inoculation services. 

Once you are booked in, you will receive an appointment date, time and location. 

What do I need to know before I go to my appointment? 

Firstly, you should cancel your appointment if: 

  • You have had cold symptoms, a fever above 38C or have any signs of illness.
  • Are in quarantine, isolation or awaiting a Covid-19 test result.
  • Have been vaccinated with another vaccine in the last seven days.
  • It has been less than three months since you have contracted Covid-19 
  • Are pregnant and don’t belong to any groups at risk of developing severe covid-19. 

Municipalities also ask that you don’t arrive too early to limit the potential risk of spreading infection. 

You will also need to wear loose-fitting clothing that offers easy access to your upper arm – save the skin-tight lycra for another occasion.

 If you are unable to make your appointment for any reason, you should contact the municipality to inform them. 

What do I need to bring? 

The most important thing you need to bring is identification such as your passport or driver’s licence. 

You will not be able to be vaccinated without it. 

Some municipalities may require booking confirmation based on where you live. Click here to check if you need any proof of confirmation in your municipality. 

Before the vaccine 

Before the vaccine, you will be asked if you are in good health and if you have ever reacted to any vaccines you have received in the past. 

You should also inform the staff of any allergies, medication you take, any health problems you suffer from and whether you are pregnant. 

The vaccine 

The vaccine will be administered into your upper arm via an injection. The vaccine will either be the Pfizer/BioNtech or Moderna serum. 

After the vaccine 

After receiving your shot, you will be asked to wait for at least 20 minutes before you are allowed to leave. 

This is in case you suffer an allergic reaction to the vaccine. 

After this, you will be allowed to leave. 

According to helsenorge.no, you may suffer some side effects a few days later, such as pain and swelling on the injection area, fatigue, headache, chills, nausea, fever and muscle and joint pain. 

You should contact a doctor or healthcare professional if you experience any unexpected, severe or prolonged symptoms that you think are due to the vaccine you received. 

No later than nine weeks after your first dose, you will receive your second dose. The appointment for the second jab is usually booked at the same time as the first. 

Three weeks after your  second vaccine dose, you will be considered vaccinated against Covid-19. This will allow you to skip quarantine hotel and test out of quarantine entirely after three days. 

This is also when your vaccination status will change to vaccinated on the Covid-19 certificate. 


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