Norway will provide a third COVID-19 vaccine dosage to everyone over the age of 18, and towns will have the option of adopting digital “corona passes” to combat an increase in COVID-19 infections, the government announced on Friday.
So far, Norway has only administered a third dose to persons aged 65 and up.
“Everyone above the age of 18 will be offered a third dose next year,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said at a press conference.
Norway lifted the last of its domestic coronavirus lockdown measures in late September, which had curtailed social interaction and hampered numerous enterprises for the previous 18 months.
Despite the fact that 87 percent of adults in Norway have gotten at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and 70 percent of the general population has been immunized, infections and hospitalizations are currently on the rise.
The Nordic country, however, is not going back into lockdown, instead choosing for digital passes to keep pubs, restaurants, concert venues, and sports arenas open, according to Stoere, which it had temporarily experimented with but then discontinued as infections plummeted.
Those who are not vaccinated must test frequently to maintain a valid COVID pass, the government added.
Authorities will also increase testing for unvaccinated he