Sweden offers Covid-19 booster shots to people aged 18 to 65 years
Sweden recommends that everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 should receive a booster syringe against covid-19 six months after receiving the second shock
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Sweden recommended on Wednesday that everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 should receive a booster syringe against covid-19 six months after receiving the second blow.
“The government takes the spread of infections around the world seriously,” Hallengren said. “The purpose (of offering a third shot) is to be prepared for a possible deteriorating situation.”
Karin Tegmark Wisell, head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, said the vaccine was “our most important tool for dealing with the pandemic.”
“Two shots provide good protection against serious illness and death, but the protective effect diminishes over time,” she said at a press conference.
Sweden had previously stood out among European nations for its comparatively practical response to the pandemic. All people over the age of 65 have already been offered a third chance. Authorities say 26% of that age group have received a booster so far.
The Scandinavian country has not gone into lockdown or closed companies during the pandemic, but instead relies on citizens’ sense of civic duty to control infections. The authorities have emphasized individual responsibility instead of state health measures.
Last week, Sweden said it would introduce a digital vaccination certificate against covid-19 for public gatherings and events with more than 100 people indoors. The move follows similar steps from other EU countries in the midst of a recent increase in continental increases in cases of covid-19.
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