Sweden: 5. COVID-19 shots for people over 65, pregnant women
Sweden: 5. COVID-19 shots for people over 65, pregnant women

Sweden: 5. COVID-19 shots for people over 65, pregnant women

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden recommends a fifth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people at increased risk of becoming seriously ill, including pregnant women and everyone aged 65 and over, authorities said on Tuesday, adding that the country must “be prepared for an increased spread in the coming autumn and winter season. ”

“The vaccine is our strongest tool to prevent serious illness and death,” said Swedish Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren, adding that the pandemic is not over.

From 1 September, Sweden recommends that another booster shot be given to people aged 65 and older and people over 18 in the risk groups. The Swedish Public Health Authority said the latter included pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems and people with heart and lung diseases.

“In general, the risk of serious illness is assessed as low for adults under the age of 65, who have been vaccinated with three doses, but the risk increases with age and varies within the group,” says the agency’s head Karin Tegmark Wisell.

In most of the pandemic, Sweden stood out among the European nations for its relatively tangible response. It never went into lockdown or closed business, by and large depending on individual responsibility.

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