Covid-19 vaccination in Sweden

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December 7, 2021

The Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Sweden is an ongoing mass immunization campaign to tackle the covid-19 pandemic in Sweden. The vaccination campaign will start on 27 December 2020 in Sweden. Until 22 October September 2021, 84.7 percent of the adult Swedish population had been vaccinated with at least one dose, a total of 14,335,108 doses were administered. On July 29, 2021, every second adult Swede had been fully vaccinated with two doses.

Schedule

The Swedish government decided to enter into the European Union's joint agreement with various vaccine manufacturers on 20 August 2020. According to the agreement, Sweden is entitled to 6 million doses. The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven claims that the hope was that Sweden would receive enough vaccine to be able to immunize around a fifth of Sweden's population by April 2021. On 10 February 2021, the Public Health Agency's goal was that all Swedes should have been offered vaccination by midsummer. Pfizer announced that the production rate has decreased and Moderna has restricted deliveries of vaccines to Sweden. The next day, Johan Carlson, Director General of the Swedish Public Health Agency, said that despite delays in the schedule, everyone over 18 must have been offered a vaccine before the end of July. 19 during the first half of 2021. The goal was instead moved to 15 August 2021 and the hope was that everyone over the age of 18 would receive at least one dose. The Swedish Public Health Agency released a new forecast on 30 April where the goal of vaccinating everyone over 18 was reached by 5 September 2021, the reason being described as the continued break of Janssen's vaccine. On 24 May 2021, the Swedish Public Health Agency issued new recommendations on the interval between the first dose and the second dose for both Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna vaccines. The reason is described as being that it is more important to vaccinate more people with the first dose quickly in order to reduce the rising spread of infection. The recommended range is changed from six to seven weeks for both vaccines. According to the summary of product characteristics, the doses should be given at 3-week intervals, but the Swedish Public Health Agency chooses to circumvent the recommendations from Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna. Furthermore, the authority believes that if a person should miss receiving the second dose after seven weeks, an extra dose is not required.

Prioritization of vaccines

The Swedish government together with the Swedish Public Health Agency decided that priorities for vaccine doses must be made and therefore it was appropriate to give vaccines to the most needy groups first. working close to these people. In phase 2, priority was given to people who were 65 years and older and people who had undergone serious operations and people who receive interventions covered by LSS. In phase 3, priority was given to people aged 60–64 and people aged 18–64. years with underlying diseases that can cause severe covid-19, as well as pregnant women and people with a BMI of over 30. Dementia patients or people with a cognitive or mental disability are also prioritized. Phase 4 includes everyone aged 18–59 years and those who do not prioritized in previous phases. Age must continue to be taken into account, which means that the elderly must take the lead in the vaccination scheme. Furthermore, the vaccination effort must also take special account of groups with a low socio-economic position and other vulnerable groups. When all persons aged 18 and older have been offered a first dose of vaccine against covid-19, vaccination is also offered to young people born in 2005 and earlier. Booking for vaccines for children under the age of 18 opened at the end of July 2021 and the first vaccinations will begin during weeks 31-32. Children aged 12

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