MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Norwegian authorities on Wednesday officially removed the UK-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccine from the country's COVID-19 immunization program, The Local newspaper reported, citing the prime minister.
An expert group on Monday recommended that the government stop administering AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
According to the media outlet, the use of the J&J vaccine in Norway is still suspended, but citizens have the option of getting vaccinated on a voluntary basis.
"The government has considered whether people can take the vaccines voluntarily. The government concluded that only the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be offered voluntarily," Prime Minister Erna Solberg told reporters, as quoted by The Local.
The decision was made due to the adenovirus-based vaccines' "rare but serious" side effects, the media outlet added.