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Norway to offer 16-and-17-year-olds Covid-19 vaccine 

The Norwegian government announced Wednesday evening that it would begin offering 16-and-17-year-olds in the country Covid-19 vaccinations once everyone over 18 had received their second dose.

Norway to offer 16-and-17-year-olds Covid-19 vaccine 
Somebody receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Covid-19 vaccinations will be available to 16-and-17-year-olds, but the government has yet to fully decide if it will offer jabs to 12-15-year-olds, Health Minister Bent Høie has announced. 

Vaccination for 16-17-year-olds will begin in September once everyone over 18 has received their second jab. After that, children will be offered the choice of whether they want a vaccine or not. 

The decision to offer coronavirus vaccines to this age group was made following the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s (NIPH) recommendation.

In most cases, those in this age group will be given doses of Pfizer, and Høie said that the government would now decide whether to begin vaccinating children aged between 12 and 15. 

“Now we have some time left which we will also use to have the latest available knowledge from the NIPH before we make a decision on the 12-15-year-olds. I think this way of doing it contributes to people having confidence in the advice we give,” Høie told newspaper VG.

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Vaccines will be administered at municipal vaccine centres. Pfizer has been recommended as the vaccine for younger age groups because it is the serum that the NIPH had the most data available for. 

“The NIPH has taken into consideration that we have the most knowledge about the use of Pfizer in this age group, and when we have the opportunity to make this choice, we choose what we know most about and recommend the Pfizer vaccine is used,” Høie said. 

The interval between shots for younger people will be the same as the general population, 8-12 weeks. 

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Norway unlikely to offer fourth Covid vaccine dose to under 45s 

Those under 45 with no underlying conditions probably won’t be offered a fourth Covid vaccine dose this autumn, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) said Friday. 

Norway unlikely to offer fourth Covid vaccine dose to under 45s 

Health authorities are unlikely to offer under 45s a fourth Covid jab this autumn, broadcaster TV2 writes. 

“As it looks now, no more doses will be recommended for healthy people under the age of 45, but we are continuously assessing this based on the knowledge we have about the epidemic and the vaccine,” Preben Aavitsland, Chief Physician at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), told TV2. 

Newswire NTB were informed on Wednesday that health chiefs would make an official recommendation for the coming autumn and winter towards the end of summer. 

In a letter sent to municipalities earlier this month, the NIPH wrote that the most likely outcome was that local authorities would be asked to other a refresher dose to over 65s and those in vulnerable groups.

Aavitsland told TV2 that in the long run, it was possible the oldest would be offered an annual vaccine. However, this would depend on how long the pandemic endured and the spread of new variants, the chief physician, added. 

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