Norwegian Public Health Institute has updated its Covid-19 vaccination guidelines following the death of 13 people who received the Pfizer-BionTech vaccine jab.
There were also 29 vaccine recipients who had developed significant side effects, including nine serious cases and seven mild ones.
All Covid-19 vaccines can sometimes cause adverse reactions like fever and nausea.
The Norwegian guidelines have now instructed medics to thoroughly evaluate nursing home residents before giving them the vaccine.
“For very ill people who are not expected to live long, the benefit of the jab “may be marginal or negligible,” the guidelines say.
Of the 13 who died, the Norwegian Medicines Agency said all were frail and elderly people who had unusually strong reactions to the jabs.
Norway launched its Covid-19 immunization programme on December 27, including residents of nursing homes on the priority list.
Since then, 23 people have died shortly after receiving the injections.