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Home break-ins drop by more than half in Stockholm as coronavirus hits

Fewer break-ins have been reported to the police since the coronavirus epidemic hit Sweden, according to police statistics reported by the public radio broadcaster’s news show Ekot.

Home break-ins drop by more than half in Stockholm as coronavirus hits
But there's an increase in reported fraud attempts. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

In Stockholm, they have more than halved compared to the average.

Last week, 68 home break-ins were reported in the Greater Stockholm area, down from a weekly average of 150 so far this year. The nationwide figures were 254 break-ins compared to 370 a week.

The reason is believed to be the fact that more people are spending time at home – whether they are self-quarantining after catching the virus, or working from home to avoid it – which makes it harder for would-be thieves to break into houses, according to Stockholm police analyst Sven Granath.

“It could also be that international gangs, which carry out a large number of these crimes, are finding it harder to move between European countries. And that affects the statistics,” he told Ekot.

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Concerns had previously been raised of a potential increase in domestic violence, as more people spend time together at home, but it is not yet possible to discern such a trend, according to police.

But reports of fraud and attempted fraud have increased slightly in the last week. Scammers are believed to be taking advantage of the epidemic to trick mainly elderly people self-isolating at home, by for example promising to do their food shopping for them but then instead taking their money.

Police advise people never to hand out bank cards or bank codes to strangers, nor allow anyone else to log into your internet banking.

Swedish vocabulary

break-in – (ett) inbrott

average – (ett) genomsnitt

violence – våld

fraud – bedrägeri

thief – (en) tjuv

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When should I get my next dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

Covid-19 has not been classified as a "critical threat to society" in Sweden since April. But the Swedish Public Health Agency still recommends that everyone aged 12 and above get vaccinated. So when should you get your next dose?

When should I get my next dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

As winter approaches, it’s a good time to check that you’re up to date on your booster shots.

If you’re aged 12 or older, the agency recommends that you should at least have completed your primary dose of the vaccine, which comprises two shots. Because vaccine efficacy wanes over time, if you are aged 18 and above, you should have already had your third dose.

The booster dose, called a påfyllnadsdos, can be administered a minimum of four months after the primary dose or the most recent booster. A booster shot is recommended even if you have tested positive for Covid-19 since your most recent vaccination, because the protection offered by a vaccine is more reliable than that offered by an infection.

The agency has also warned that the Omicron BA.5 variant spreads more easily than previous Covid-19 mutations.

Deliveries of two of the new vaccines targeting the new variant, Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.1 and Spikevax bivalent Original/Omicron BA.1, have arrived in Sweden but have not yet reached all health regions, meaning it is not certain that if you will currently receive the updated vaccine. 

A third vaccine, an adapted version of the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech), is expected to arrive in Sweden in October. 

READ ALSO: When will the new Covid-19 vaccines be available in Sweden?

The höstdosen, or “autumn vaccine”

On September 1, the agency issued new guidelines for a höstdosen, or autumn vaccine dose.

During the campaign, all adults aged 18 and over who belong to an at-risk group are recommended to get a booster dose, as are seniors aged 65 and above. 

Risk categories include people who are pregnant, have a weakened immune system, have heart and lung diseases, or have Down syndrome.

You can get the autumn booster regardless of how many vaccine doses you may have received, which means it might be a fourth shot for some people, and a fifth for others.

The autumn vaccine is also available for those aged 18-64 who do not fall into any of the at-risk categories but would like a fourth dose. The Swedish Public Health Agency has said that regional health providers must make booster doses available to those who want them.

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Folkhälsomyndigheten

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Swedish Public Health Agency

How do I get an appointment for the autumn dose? 

Region Stockholm has been offering appointments for an autumn vaccination to everyone over 18 since September 12th. You can book a dose through the Alltid Öppet app

In Region Skåne, the region responsible for healthcare in Malmö and Lund, appointments for an autumn vaccine have been available since August 22nd. Appointments are available for vaccinations in Region Stockholm, as are drop-in times at locations listed on 1177.se.

In Region Västergötland, the region responsible for healthcare in Gothenburg, health centres, or vårdcentraler, are prioritising people aged 80 and older.

Those in other categories, including at-risk adults 18 and older and seniors over 65, are requested to make their vaccination appointments with other providers through 1177.se

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