MAP: Where in Sweden can you get an antibody test?

One in three of Sweden's 21 regions does not yet offer antibody tests to residents. This map shows you which ones they are.

MAP: Where in Sweden can you get an antibody test?
Blood being testes for coronavirus antibodies. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT


Seven of Sweden's 21 regional health authorities still do not offer coronavirus antibody tests to residents, according to a survey carried out by Nya Wermlands Tidning
Antibody tests can determine whether someone has had coronavirus in the past, and as a result has a level of immunity. 
They are useful to help people judge whether they are at risk of catching the virus again themselves, and as a result of unknowingly infecting others. 
It is still unclear, however, exactly how much protection antibodies give or how long the protection lasts.
According to the Public Health Authority of Sweden, regional health authorities should prioritise PCR tests, which determine if someone is currently infected, with antibody tests a secondary priority. 
These regions currently do not offer tests: Västerbotten, Jämtland Härjedalen, Dalarna, Blekinge, Värmland, Östergötland, and Gotland. 
These regions offer tests (with slight variations in which age groups are eligible):  Norrbotten, Gävleborg, Västmanland, Uppsala, Stockholm, Sörmland, Örebro, Västra Götaland, Jönköping, Halland, Kronoberg, Kalmar, Skåne.
Västernorrland will start offering tests from October 26th. 
Some regions in Sweden that offer antibody tests are outsourcing the process to private healthcare companies such as, Capio, Werlabs, Doktor24 and Kry. 
These and other companies also offer antibody tests, so if your regional health authority does not offer tests to residents, it is still possible to get tested if you are willing to pay more. 

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New Covid-19 wave in Sweden ‘to peak at end of September’

Sweden's Public Health Agency has warned of a new autumn wave of Covid-19 which it expects to peak at the end of September.

New Covid-19 wave in Sweden 'to peak at end of September'

According to both of the two new scenarios published by the agency on Monday, infection rates are set to rise steadily over the next month, something the agency said was due to a falling immunity in the population and greater contact between people as they return to schools and workplaces after the summer. 

“It is difficult to say how high the peak will be, but it is unlikely that it will reach the same levels as in January and February,” the agency’s unit chief Sara Byfors said in a press release. “The most important thing is that people in risk groups and those who are 65 years old and above get vaccinated with a booster dose in the autumn to reduce the risk of serious illness and death.” 

Under Scenario 0, the amount of contact between people stays at current levels, leading to a peak in reported Covid-19 cases at around 5,000 a day. In Scenario 1, contact between people increases by about 10 percent from the middle of August, leading to a higher peak of about 7,000 reported cases a day. 

The agency said that employers should be prepared for many staff to be off sick simultaneously at points over the next month, but said in its release that it did not judge the situation to be sufficiently serious to require either it or the government to impose additional infection control measures. 

It was important, however, it said, that those managing health and elderly care continued to test those with symptoms and to track the chain of infections, that people go and get the booster doses when they are supposed to have under the vaccination programme, and that those who have symptoms of Covid-19 stay home.