Sweden recommends fourth COVID-19 connector for the elderly
Sweden recommends fourth COVID-19 connector for the elderly

Sweden recommends fourth COVID-19 connector for the elderly

People are waiting to get a vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19) at a nightclub turned into a mass vaccination center in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 16, 2021. Carl-Olof Zimmerman / TT News Agency / via REUTERS

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STOCKHOLM, February 14 (Reuters) – Sweden’s health agency recommended on Monday that people aged 80 or over should receive another booster shot with COVID-19 vaccine, the fourth sting in total, to ward off declining immunity in the midst of the violent spread of Omicron variant.

The recommendation also included all persons who live in nursing homes or who receive care offers in the home. The second booster shot should be given at least four months after the first booster plug, the agency said in a statement.

Sweden hit record levels of infections earlier this year as Omicron spread rapidly across the country.

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Infections remain widespread, and the National Board of Health said an increasing number of cases among groups at greater risk of serious illness, such as residents of nursing homes, have been registered in recent weeks.

“A booster dose strengthens the protection. Therefore, we believe that people aged 80 or older will benefit from a new booster dose,” said chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.

As with the first round of booster shots, jabs should consist of Pfizer / Biontech (PFE.N) or Modern (MRNA.O) vaccines, the agency said.

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Report by Niklas Pollard; Editing Simon Johnson

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