Sweden has vaccinated almost 80,000 people against the coronavirus

Sweden has vaccinated almost 80,000 people against the coronavirus
The vaccine created by Pfizer-BioNTech was the first one delivered to Sweden. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/TT
Around 80,000 people in Sweden have received the vaccine against Covid-19, figures published by the Public Health Agency show.

Up until January 10th, a total of 79,095 vaccinations were reported as having been administered to people in Sweden, or just under half of the 161,850 that had been delivered by that date. 

The figures were published on Tuesday morning, a delay from the originally expected date of Friday, and there is still some uncertainty.

Three of Sweden's regions have not yet reported their data from the first week of the year, and the agency also said, “reporting from the regions does not take place uniformly across the country and there may therefore be delays [in the data] from any region”. There is not yet any data by region, but the agency said no region had reported problems in the vaccination programme.

According to Sweden's Public Health Agency, several regions had kept doses to ensure that those who received the first dose would be guaranteed a second, but the agency recommends using all doses since the vaccine deliveries have so far been carried out according to plan.

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By Monday, Denmark had administered the first dose of the vaccine to 115,932 people while Norway had vaccinated 20,846 people. Both countries have populations around half the size of Sweden's.

Globally, Israel has vaccinated the highest proportion of its population with over one million in total, followed by the UK which has vaccinated more than two million people.

Sweden has stated its ambition of offering the vaccine to the entire adult population, as well as under-18s belonging to risk groups, by the end of June 2021, and last week the Public Health Agency said it was currently on track to reach this goal.

In the first stage, around 570,000 people in the top three priority groups (people in care homes or receiving at-home care, as well healthcare workers, carers and household members of these people) will be given the vaccine. It will then be offered to other people in risk groups, around 2.6 million in total, before it is given to the rest of the adult population.

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