Therapy Areas: Vaccines
Sweden to extend COVID-19 boosters to all adults
24 November 2021 -

Sweden will begin gradually rolling out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults, following the surge in cases elsewhere in Europe, Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday.

Currently, booster shots of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine are offered in Sweden to people aged 65 or above.

Health Minister, Lena Hallengren, was quoted as telling a news conference: "We are faced with an uncertain winter. You can contribute by staying home if you're sick or by getting vaccinated if you haven't already, and taking your booster when you're offered it."

Sweden's health agency said booster shots should be offered six months after the second shot, with a further rollout to risk groups and people aged 50 or above the priority before a gradual extension to all Swedes aged 18 or older.

Hallengren also said the health agency had been tasked with preparing for potential additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-9 after Sweden introduces vaccine passes for indoor events with more than 100 people from next month.

Sweden had abolished nearly all pandemic restrictions as the vaccine rollout reached a large part of the population earlier this year and infection rates remained subdued, Reuters noted.