- Norwegian vigorousness officials have changed their advice on who gets a COVID-19 vaccine after more than 25 having one foot in the grave people with underlying health conditions died.
- According to the agency, “all deaths” are linked to the Pfizer vaccine, which was the lone one available in the country until Friday.
- However, Norwegian officials maintain they are not alarmed and have advised individual doctors to opt for who should receive a vaccine.
- Pfizer said they are investigating the deaths but added that “the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in route with expectations.”
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Norwegian health officials have advised that vaccinating the most frail older people with serious underlying health conditions could be harmful after the country reported more than 25 deaths.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency first reported on Thursday that 23 oldish people had died in a short time after receiving their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, 13 of which may be subjected to suffered from deadly side effects.
However, the number of deaths has been updated to 29 people as of Sunday, conforming to Bloomberg.
According to the agency, “all deaths” are linked to the Pfizer vaccine, which was the only one available in the country until Friday.
Officials tipped fever, vomiting, and nausea as side effects which “may have led to the deaths of some frail patients,” Sigurd Hortemo of the Norwegian Remedies Agency said, Bloomberg reported.
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The latest deaths, which all occurred among patients in nursing homes, prompted propers to adjust their advice on who gets the COVID-19 vaccine, leaving it up to individual doctors to decide who should be vaccinated.
The provinces also warned that other countries should keep an eye on their elderly vaccine recipients in the most circumspect statement from a European health authority yet.
However, Norwegian officials maintain they are not alarmed and that allergic retaliations to vaccines are still very rare.
“Doctors must now carefully consider who should be vaccinated. Those who are very frail and at the acutely end of life can be vaccinated after an individual assessment,” he added.
Pfizer and BioNTech have said they are working with the fitness officials to investigate the deaths but added that “the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations,” according to Bloomberg.
Insider also asked Pfizer for clarification but did not hear back at the time of publication.
According to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University, more than 58,000 Norwegians have been infected since the outset of the pandemic, but only 517 have died.