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23 elderly Norwegians die after taking first dose of Pfizer vaccine

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Norway has reported 23 deaths in connection with the Covid 19 vaccination. All the deaths have occurred in frail, elderly patients in nursing homes. All are over 80 years old and some of them over 90, Norwegian media NRK reported.

According to officials, more than 30,000 people have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine in Norway since the end of December.

Overall, Norway has seen 57,279 cases and reported 511 deaths.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency admitted that the studies that form the basis for the temporary approval of the vaccine included very few people over the age of 85, and there is little known about how any side effects will affect these age brackets, but it said, “we assume that the side-effects will largely be the same in the elderly as in those over 65 years of age.”

Besides 23 deaths, several others have suffered side effects.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency listed fever and nausea as side effects which may have led to the deaths of some frail patients.

Notably Norway launched a mass vaccination campaign at the end of December, with the very oldest citizens and residents of nursing homes being offered vaccination first, including those over the age of 85.

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