Sunday 6/20/21
CORONAVIRUS

Norway to allow voluntary vaccination with Johnson & Johnson jab

In its decision, Norway is following the path taken by Denmark.
30 April 2021, Belgium, Antwerp: Vials of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine are lined up in the Middelheim Hospital ZNA. Photo: Dirk Waem/BELGA/dpa
Vials of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine. Photo: Dirk Waem/dpa/File photo.

Norwegians can soon get vaccinated with the single-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine after consulting a doctor, despite the shot not being part of the national vaccination drive.

Those willing to be inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can book an appointment for consultation with doctors or vaccine clinics from 15 June, Health Minister Bent Hoie announced Wednesday.

However, certain criteria have to be met to receive the jab, for instance essential travel to countries with high infection rates or other reasons that override the risks of the vaccine.

In its decision, Norway is following the path taken by Denmark, where the Johnson & Johnson shot has also been excluded from the national vaccination campaign. However, citizens can still receive the shot, as well as the AstraZeneca vaccine, on a voluntary basis after consulting a doctor.

After reports of deadly blood clots in people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot, Norway decided to halt using the AstraZeneca jab in March. It didn't even begin inoculations with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after similar concerns arose.

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