Norway: Within days after getting their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, twenty-three people died in Norway. The New York Post announced that health officials were saying this. Both 13 were residents in nursing homes and were at least 80 years old.
The New York Post quoted Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, in a statement on Friday, saying that typical reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, “may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients,”
While officials do not show significant concern, their advice about who should receive the vaccine is being changed. More than 30,000 people in Norway have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine since late last month. Agency`s medical director Steinar Madsen has stated that the “agency is not alarmed by this.”
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“It is quite clear that these vaccines have very little risk, with a small exception for the frailest patients. Doctors must now carefully consider who should get the vaccine. Those who are very frail and at the very end of life can get vaccines after an individual assessment,” he said.
The agency announced Thursday that a total of 29 persons, including the 13 people who died, had suffered side effects. Side effects were present in twenty-one women and eight men, officials said. Nine had significant side effects, in addition to those who died. Allergic reactions, extreme pain, and severe fever are inclusive. The New York Post reported that seven had less extreme pain, including significant pain at the injection site.
In the nursing home population, about 400 individuals die per week, according to health officials. A Pfizer rep said that after the administration of the vaccine in Norway, the company is “aware of reported deaths” and is working with the Norwegian Medicines Agency to collect all the relevant information. According to Johns Hopkins University, the total number of coronavirus cases recorded in Norway is 58,202, while the death toll stands at 517.