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These will be offered a coronavirus vaccine:
By risk groups we mean people with an increased risk of a severe COVID-19 disease course. These include:
Residents in nursing homes
Everyone who is 65 years or older
People aged 5–64 years with one or more defined diseases / conditions that increase the risk of a severe disease course and death from COVID-19. See the section below for specification of different diseases / conditions and age groups.
- Booster doses are recommended for people in the 12-64 year age group who fall under the various risk groups, see below.
Healthcare personnel and other employees in the health and care service.
Everyone over 16 years.
- Children 5-15 years can also be vaccinated if they and their parents wish.
People with the following disease/ conditions are defined as medical risk groups and should complete their primary vaccination series. A booster dose is recommended to people in the 18-64 year age groups within these same risk groups:
- Organ transplant*
- Hematologic (blood) cancer in the last 5 years*
- Other active cancer, ongoing or recently finished treatment for cancer (especially immunosuppressive therapy, radiation therapy to the lungs or chemotherapy)*
- Neurological or muscular disease with impaired coughing strength or lung function (e.g., ALS and cerebral palsy)*
- Downs Syndrome*
- Chronic kidney disease or significantly impaired renal function
- Chronic liver disease or significantly impaired liver function
- Immunosuppressive therapy, e.g. with autoimmune diseases
- Chronic lung disease, including severe asthma that has required the use of high-dose inhaled steroids or steroid tablets during the last year
- Obesity with body mass index (BMI) of ≥ 35 kg/m2 or higher
- Chronic cardiovascular disease (except high blood pressure)
Other serious and / or chronic diseases may also increase the risk of a severe disease course.
* These diseases/ conditions can give a high risk for a severe disease course and death among younger people.
A booster dose is recommended for adolescents in the age group 12-17 years with the following diseases/conditions. Please note that this list of underlying diseases is different from the list for adults above:
- Organ transplantation
- Immunodeficiency (for example, congenital immunodeficiency or the use of drugs that cause significant systemic immunosuppression)
- Haematological cancer (e.g. leukaemia, lymphoma) within the last five years
- Other active cancer, ongoing or recently completed (within the last six months) anti-cancer treatment - especially immunosuppressive treatment, radiotherapy to the lungs or chemotherapy
- Neurological diseases or muscle diseases that cause reduced coughing strength or reduced lung function
- Chronic kidney disease with significantly reduced kidney function
- Severe heart disease (children with heart failure, severe pulmonary hypertension, cyanosis, single ventricle disease/"Fontan patients")
- Severe lung disease (e.g. cystic fibrosis, very severe asthma with deterioration requiring emergency admission to hospital within the past year)
- Other severe disease. Vaccination in such cases is assessed individually by a paediatrician.
For more detailed information about diseases/conditions that can give an increased risk for a severe COVID-19 disease course see:
Getting the vaccine
The solutions used for appointments vary between municipalities. In some places, drop-in vaccination is available without the need for an appointment. Check your municipality's website for information about the local arrangements.
The vaccine is free.
People who belong to these groups and are resident or staying temporarily in Norway can have the vaccine as part of the immunisation programme.
Rationale for the recommendations to the different groups
Everyone from 16 years and above are recommended (should) to be given a primary vaccination series. This is primarily based on the risk of a severe COVID-19 disease course. It is the oldest, and people with certain diseases and conditions who have the greatest risk of a severe disease course and death from COVID-19 disease. Although most young and healthy people recover well from COVID-19, some in this group may also become seriously ill. In addition to protecting those who are vaccinated, vaccination will also help to reduce transmission in society.
- Children aged 5-15 years with severe underlying diseases should be given the primary vaccination series for the coronavirus vaccine. Even though the overall risk for severe COVID-19 disease for them is low, this group is particularly vulnerable and should therefore be vaccinated.
Everyone from the age of 45 and up, and younger people who belong to the risk groups are recommended (should) also take a booster dose when 20 weeks have passed since dose 2. This is also mainly to reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 disease in these groups.
People 18-45 years who do not belong to the risk groups are offered (can take) a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Although most young and healthy people cope with COVID-19 well, there are also some in this group who can become seriously ill. Booster vaccines are not approved under 18 years of age.
In addition to protecting those who are vaccinated, vaccination has also made a significant contribution to reducing transmission in society. This effect on ttransmission now appears to be smaller for the omicron variant, while the effect against severe disease course is still good.
Children 5-15 years: Are offered (can take) one or two doses of coronavirus vaccine if they and their parents wish. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has assessed that vaccination of children aged 5-15 can have be beneficial, but the benefit is limited since the risk of severe disease course is already very low. Children and adolescents will also be able to receive broad and lasting protection by having COVID-19. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health nevertheless believes that it is appropriate for children in this age group to be offered a vaccine for those who want it. The offer is most relevant for children with chronic diseases, children in contact with vulnerable people, and children who will stay or move to countries with a high risk of infection or poorer access to health services.
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For further information about booster doses see: