Norway is open for the fourth COVID-19 shot for people over 80 years

Norway is open for the fourth COVID-19 shot for people over 80 years

Norwegian health authorities say they are open to giving people aged 80 and over a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, but see no reason for a general recommendation for that age category to get a fourth shot

Geir Bukholm, assistant director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said the agency “believes this can be assessed and selected by the individual.”

However, the agency urged more people with severely weakened immune systems to take a booster shot of the vaccine.

The agency said the updated assessment was in line with guidelines from the European Infection Control Agency and the European Medicines Agency.

In neighboring Sweden, authorities this month recommended a fourth dose of vaccine to people aged 65 and over and to those living in nursing homes or receiving home care, compared to an earlier recommendation for people aged 80 and older. The recommendation also includes fourth shots for people aged 18-64 with moderate to severe immune deficiency.

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