Sweden’s vulnerable to receive 5th COVID jab

From 1 September, the elderly and people in risk groups are recommended to receive a fifth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Hallengren announced at a press conference with Secretary-General of the Public Health Agency Karin Tegmark Wisell on Monday (24 May). [EPA-EFE/Claudio Bresciani]

Sweden’s elderly and at-risk groups will receive a fifth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren announced at a press conference on Monday.

From 1 September, the elderly and people in risk groups are recommended to receive a fifth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Hallengren announced at a press conference with Secretary-General of the Public Health Agency Karin Tegmark Wisell on Monday (24 May).

For other adults, a fourth dose will be offered. According to Hallengren, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided the same way as the influenza vaccine this autumn – but free of charge.

“The pandemic is not over. It bears repeating. We need to be well prepared and continue vaccinations,” she said.

The Public Health Agency estimates that the infection rate will increase this autumn, but not to levels that require the reintroduction of previous restrictions.

“We believe that COVID-19 will spread in a similar way as influenza has done. But that’s assuming there are no new variants. If it does, we may have to change the recommendations,” said Tegmark Wisell.

The agency’s current advice is that everyone aged 12 and over should be vaccinated, that everyone aged 18 and over should take a third dose, and everyone aged 65 and over should take a fourth.

According to the latest statistics from the Public Health Agency (19 May), 65% of the population aged 18 and over in Sweden have received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the group aged 12 and over, 85% have received at least two doses.

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