Friday 12/3/21
CORONAVIRUS

Norway offers booster jabs to all citizens over 18 years of age

The number of new infections and hospital admissions have risen sharply recently

30 October 2021, US, Washington: US Vice President Kamala Harris receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. Photo: Lawrence Jackson/White House via Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
US Vice President Kamala Harris receives a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot at the White House. Photo: Lawrence Jackson/White House/File photo.

Norway is introducing new measures against rising coronavirus numbers and expanding the eligibility of vaccine booster shots.

Instead of imposing lockdowns, as seen in earlier stages of the pandemic, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Friday that municipalities should be given the opportunity to require proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test at the local level.

The municipality of Tromso in the north of the country immediately signalled its intention to make use of this digital pass possibility by next Tuesday at the latest.

Store also announced that all citizens over the age of 18 are to be offered a third vaccine shot.

Until now, the booster jab has only been offered to people older than 65.

Record daily figure

At the end of September, Norway lifted the vast majority of Covid-19 restrictions.

The number of new infections and hospital admissions have risen sharply recently.

On Tuesday, a record daily figure of 2,126 new cases was recorded in the country.

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