The Norwegian Royal Court confirmed that the senior members of the royal house, the King, the Queen, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, as well as some members of the court, have all been vaccinated against the swine flu.
”This has been done, as they by virtue of their work, meet many people. This way, they avoid getting contaminated, and carry the contaminations to others if they should catch it,” says Sven Gjeruldsen, information manager at the court.
This is a bit of a controversial move – given that all the groups that are at risk have not received their vaccinations yet, and it can definitely be seen as cutting ahead in the line.
On the other hand, the vaccine itself is rather controversial in Norway, and while the government advices everyone to take the vaccine – not everyone is planning to do that. So could it possibly be seen as being in the forefront of the already established government agenda?
The question I’m left with is whether or not the heart surgery, and heart issues, King Harald had a few years ago, is ensuring that he’s actually in one of the risk groups? Would they tell us if that was the case? Who knows?