Declining willingness to get vaccinated against the coronavirus in Norway – NRK Norway – Overview of news from different parts of the country


Before the summer, Kantar conducted a survey for the Research Council on the willingness of vaccines among people. Then 72 percent said they would take a possible coronary vaccine.

Now they have repeated the survey and it shows that today only 64 percent will take it. In particular, there is less will among men.

– It is a decline that we should investigate further, says director of the Research Council, John-Arne Røttingen.

Generally high confidence in vaccines

Because it is especially the vaccine against covid-19 people are skeptical of.

John-Arne Røttingen says that in general there is a high level of trust in vaccines in Norway.

Photo: Jonas Bendiksen / The Research Council of Norway

– We see that in general there is still high confidence in vaccines and vaccination in Norway, says Røttingen.

In the study conducted by the Research Council, he emphasizes that they have not looked at the underlying reasons why the vaccine skepticism against the coronary vaccine is increasing.

We have now received quite a lot of attention around the fact that there are vaccines that are under development and that some countries have already chosen to approve. It has become a somewhat politicized discussion in some countries. I think it also affects the Norwegian population.

Chief physician at the National Institute of Public Health, Preben Aavitsland, says that a certain skepticism is only healthy.

– We will distinguish between those who are clear principled opponents of vaccines. They are very, very few in this country. And then there are those who are more hesitant or we can say skeptical. It is healthy to be skeptical and questioning. Especially when it comes to a new vaccine, says Aavitsland.

Preben Aavitsland.

Chief physician Preben Aavitsland believes that it is not wrong to be questioning and asking questions when the vaccine against covid-19 arrives.


He says that when a new vaccine comes, you have to ask questions.

– And then it is our task as vaccine authorities to answer those questions. So that people have a good information base before they decide whether to get vaccinated or not.

Skepticism against Russian vaccine

The survey by the Research Council also shows that only 17 percent in Norway would be vaccinated by the Russian vaccine.

– The early approval of the vaccine in Russia has met with much criticism from both professional circles and authorities elsewhere in the world. It is very natural that the population in Norway has also seen it and is thus skeptical, says John-Arne Røttingen.

He adds that it may be that it will prove to be effective and safe when you later get more information and knowledge. In addition to completing major studies.

– But it is too early to say at the moment.


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