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Still hospitalized and at risk of infection.  That’s why we don’t do like Sweden

Still hospitalized and at risk of infection. That’s why we don’t do like Sweden

Assistant Health Director Espen Rostrup tells Nuxstad TV2 that most people who have not been vaccinated will soon be exposed to the virus.

He points out that unvaccinated children and adolescents continue to be infected in Norway, but as people over the age of 12-18 are vaccinated, this will decrease as seen in other countries.

– Infection is more likely to spread among non-vaccinated people than vaccinated ones. Those who are not vaccinated, even if they are low, make up a relatively large proportion of those admitted to the hospital. Chief Physician Briben Avitzland tells FHI to TV2 that this is primarily a problem for them.

Call: Espen Rostrup Nuxstat urges all non-vaccinated people to re-apply for vaccination in the municipality where they live. Photo: Simon Asker / TV2

According to Avitzland, vaccinated people have better protection against serious illnesses, so walking around the community with some unvaccinated people is not a big problem.

FHI statistics show that 84 percent The Norwegian population over the age of 18 is vaccinated with the 2nd dose at 38 weeks.

– You have to decide for yourself

Sweden opens the country This week is Wednesday. But those who are not vaccinated should still keep their distance and avoid crowds.

– In practice, they should not go to concerts or theaters, see bars or dance, Director General of the Public Health Commission Johann Carlson told a news conference two weeks ago.

– In Sweden, strict rules continue for those who are not vaccinated, which would not be appropriate in Norway?

You have to decide for yourself: Chief Physician Prepen Avitzland encourages people to get vaccinated, but you have to think about whether people think it is necessary to protect themselves.

You have to decide for yourself: Chief Physician Prepen Avitzland encourages people to get vaccinated, but you have to think about whether people think it is necessary to protect themselves. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

– No, they have to decide for themselves how much better they want to protect themselves from others to avoid infection. We have given Advice To the whole population, Preben Avitzland insists.

– Regular infection control advice applies to those who have not been vaccinated. If you want to reduce your own risk of infection, Nuxstad says it is best to avoid frequent and close contact with others who have been vaccinated or who you know.

May affect the rest

However, both know that the vaccine should be accepted because it protects themselves, family, friends, and co-workers. At the same time, any large group that is not vaccinated could infect other parts of Norway in the future.

We can get some local infections among people who are not vaccinated in the fall and winter, but it is currently uncertain how many people can be infected at once, Naxstad points out, and says it depends on how good you are at home if we get sick.

– What danger do unvaccinated people live in now that society is reopening?

Depending on how big the infection is in the area where they live and travel. The virus will not disappear from the country and most people who have not been vaccinated can be expected to be infected in the next few years. The risk of serious illness increases with age if you become infected. As you get older, you should be vaccinated wisely, but we recommend that all adults be vaccinated, says Avitzland.

– Not very welcome

The top official points out that municipalities are trying to facilitate vaccination through repeated calls, abandoned stations and mobile vaccination centers. In addition, more and more people are getting the vaccine they need, Pfizer or Moderna.

Arjan Olswick, professor of medical microbiology at the University of Tromsø, believes it is difficult to reach a group that has not been vaccinated.

– Unfortunately, it seems that those who do not want to be vaccinated are not very receptive to professional information that the vaccine is harmless and provides protection.

Experience: Professor Arjan Olswick at UiT

Experience: Professor Arjan Olswick at UiT Photo: Nils Ole Refswick / TV2

He believes a large group of unvaccinated people will reduce the number of new cases, making the virus “usually a dangerous infectious disease”.

– There is still a virus in circulation, especially among unvaccinated youth, so there is a risk that unvaccinated adults will become infected and become infected. Thus there is still a risk of disease among adults who have not been vaccinated, says Olswick.

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