Friday, January 28

May be relevant with drop-in for those over 18 in Oslo shortly

On a national basis, Norway is behind the vaccine target. But in the capital, the time books have been full, and drop-in is being considered for those over 18 years of age.

– We have managed to increase capacity and had enough arms to put the vaccines on, says vaccine coordinator Tina Arnesen in Oslo municipality.

NIPH and the government hoped to vaccinate 700,000 with a booster dose during the last two weeks of the year.

Vaccines were prepared and notices sent out, but only just under 300,000 people took advantage of this offer in weeks 51 and 52.

This is what assistant director Geir Bukholm at the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) tells Aftenposten.

This means that FHI and the government did not reach the vaccine target they set.

– We do not know the reasons why more people did not use this. But we hope that people now show up at the vaccine centers this and next week so that we are up to date in accordance with the vaccination plan, says Bukholm.

In total, 59 per cent of those aged 45 and over have now received the third dose.

The capital is on schedule

But in Oslo municipality, the tone is different.

– In Oslo, the vaccination went well at Christmas. People have turned up for their classes, and we have had full time books.

This is what vaccine coordinator Tina Arnesen in Oslo municipality says.

She is very pleased with the efforts of both employees and residents in the last two weeks of 2021.

– We have been well above the target. The vaccine centers have increased their capacity and set more doses than expected before Christmas, she says.

Last week, just under 20,000 received a third dose in the capital.

So far, 37,000 have booked an appointment in the first week of the year. But the municipality has sent out several thousand smart alerts via SMS and expects that many will book an appointment in the next few days, says Arnesen.

– There have been some cancellations, but we are very pleased with how many vaccines we have put in and very pleased that people have turned up for their classes, says Arnesen.

In Oslo, 33 per cent of those who have received a second dose have now also received a third dose.

Ask people to avoid drop-in

The municipality has not yet opened up for drop-in for those between 45 and 65 years. But Arnesen does not rule out that you can be lucky.

If you show up at a vaccine center without having an hour, you only have luck if they have spare capacity right then.

But the chance of that is small, Arnesen thinks.

She says that the reason why it has not been opened up for drop-in for those over 45, is that many have received or will receive an appointment this week.

It will therefore be best for the progression that people keep their class and do not use the drop-in opportunity, Arnesen emphasizes.

She also says that:

  • Everyone over the age of 45 will be offered a refresher dose by 15 January.
  • Those under 45 can get a drop-in when most of those over 45 have received their dose.
  • Everyone over the age of 18 will be offered a third dose by the end of February.

Soon possible to vaccinate everyone over 18 years

Now the vaccine coordinator hopes that Oslo citizens up to the age of 18 will have the opportunity to take a refreshing dose within a short time.

– We are working on a solution where some vaccine centers with better capacity can open for drop-in for those over 18 years, says Arnesen.

The municipality will take a closer look at this on Tuesday this week.

The vaccine center in the Stovner district is one of the centers it may be relevant for, Arnesen states.

– It is first and foremost available capacity in the district that allows us to consider this as an extra offer to the population over 18 years.

It may also be relevant to move age groups across districts and vaccine centers.

– Our focus is to ensure that we use the capacity of all vaccine centers. This is to maintain a holistic and good progression in the vaccination of the population in Oslo, says Arnesen.

Over 60,000 vaccine doses per day

Numbers from Sysvak Monday, shows that 514,766 Norwegians between the ages of 45 and 64 have received a refresher dose.

This means that around 770,000 vaccine doses must be set in the age group for the vaccine target to be reached by the end of week 2.

In addition, there are close to 90,000 fully vaccinated people over the age of 65 who have not yet received the third dose.

If one is to be able to reach the goal, the municipalities must from Monday 3 January set around 61,000 vaccine doses a day, including on weekends.

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