Norway records deaths of twenty-three persons after taking their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Health officials reported that 13 out of the deaths are nursing home patients who reacted to the side effects of the shots.
Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said in a statement that “common reactions to the vaccine, includes fever and nausea, which may possibly have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.
“All 13 were nursing home patients and at least 80 years old. While officials aren’t expressing serious concern, they are adjusting their guidance on who should receive the vaccine.”
The news comes just over a week after officials reported the deaths of just two nursing home residents after they received the Pfizer jab.
More than 30,000 people in Norway have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine in the Scandinavian country since late last month, according to official figures.
Steinar Madsen, medical director with the agency, while speaking with Norwegian broadcaster NRK said “We are not alarmed by this. 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 be vaccinated. Those who are very frail and at the very end of life can be vaccinated after an individual assessment,” he said.