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Sweden says it will extend COVID-19 boosters to all adults

A health worker vaccinates an elderly person with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a temporary vaccination clinic at a church in Sollentuna, north of Stockholm, Sweden March 2, 2021. Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

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STOCKHOLM, Nov. 24 (Reuters) – Sweden will begin phasing out COVID-19 vaccine booster injections to all adult Swedes following the rise in cases elsewhere in Europe, government and health officials said Wednesday.

Booster shots of the mRNA vaccine have been offered to people aged 65 or older in Sweden, with a view to eventually expanding the shots to other groups and in an effort to persuade a still sizable group of unvaccinated people to take the vaccine. get a vaccine. read more

“We are facing an uncertain winter,” Health Minister Lena Hallengren said at a news conference. “You can contribute by staying home if you’re sick or getting vaccinated if you haven’t already, and taking your booster when you’re offered it.”

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An exact timetable was not presented. The Swedish Health Service said booster shots should be offered six months after the second injection, with a further rollout to at-risk groups and people aged 50 or over, before a gradual extension to all Swedes aged 18 or over.

Hallengren said the health agency had also been tasked with preparing possible additional measures to contain the spread of the virus after Sweden introduces vaccine passes for indoor events with more than 100 people starting next month.

Sweden has lifted almost all pandemic restrictions as the vaccine rollout reached a large segment of the population earlier this year and the infection rate remained low.

Unlike many of its European neighbours, the Scandinavian country has not experienced a new wave of infections so far and hospital admissions remain relatively low, but there are scattered signs that the pandemic is picking up again.

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Reporting by Niklas Pollard, editing by Timothy Heritage

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