If municipalities continue at the same rate of vaccination, not all older people over 65 will get their booster dose before Christmas. – We’re cooling off, says the city council chairman in Oslo.
– It’s still not going fast enough. In order to be able to offer services to everyone aged 65 and over before Christmas, they have to increase the pace so that those who received their dose # 2 5 months ago were vaccinated 5 months ago, vaccination manager Geir Bukholm told VG.
He stressed the importance of communication between the health authorities and the government regarding the prioritization of vaccination being perceived and understood in the municipalities.
– At the speed that the municipalities have now, they vaccinated all over 65s with a third dose at the turn of the month between February and March. That worries me, he says.
So far, around 300,000 out of 900,000 have received.
In order to ensure that older people are refreshed with enough antibodies before Christmas Eve, the FHI has decided to send out even more vaccines than required by the municipalities:
– Make sure there are enough vaccines in the community to get everyone vaccinated before Christmas. We saw the number of vaccines ordered decreased after week 47. This did not match the schedule of how many people should receive the vaccine.
The reason it is slow varies a little. Some communities say they don’t have enough elderly people, it took long enough, and others say they are unable to set the additional FHI doses.
This worries the department, which believes that this work should now be a priority in the communities.
– Protection against serious illnesses seems to decrease in older people. We see that there are more fully vaccinated people entering the older age group. This is probably due to both an increased infection rate in society, combined with the fact that the elder has not received the vaccine in a long time, as well as a reduced vaccination effect, says Bukholm.
Oslo: Could vaccinate everyone by next week
However, the chairman of the Oslo City Council, Raymond Johansen (Labor Party), does not share the concerns of the FHI about the vaccination rate.
When asked whether Oslo has the capacity to stop all the booster doses received, Johansen replied with a resounding “yes”.
– We’re cooling off. Everyone should have an offer by next week, he tells VG.
The community’s goal is for everyone over 65 to get the booster dose before Christmas, but Johansen believes and hopes it is possible to finish earlier.
– If everyone had said yes right away, we could have finished next week. For those over 65, there is a drop-in at all vaccination points, emphasizes the city council chairman, and at the same time admits that for some it takes a bit of logistics before you can say yes to a vaccination course.
– Nice to have something to do
– How are you now with the third booster dose for this age group?
– Very good. More than half of those over 65 got it, and almost everyone who lives in nursing homes and nursing homes got it, replies the city council chairman.
– What do you think of the fact that some churches have to say no to the extra doses that the FHI has sent out?
– NIPH announced that they would be sending more doses than the community asked for as they calculated based on all over 65s who should get a booster vaccination before Christmas. If saying no means you have no ambition to get this vaccinated by then, I find it strange.
The community’s medical director, Bjørn Sletvold, suggests that it may be beneficial for the community that FHI send additional doses:
– We know there are more under 65 who are also getting a booster dose, and then it’s good to keep going a little so we can plan this. This work is ongoing but we have not yet received the guidelines for it.