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Tell us: Have you booked a Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

With more and more regions starting the fourth and final phase of vaccinations – and at the same time, several of The Local's readers reporting difficulties with the booking process – we want to hear from you.

Tell us: Have you booked a Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?
Covid-19 vaccinations underway in Örnsköldsvik. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/TT

We are also interested to hear from you if you chose to travel to your home country or elsewhere overseas in order to get the vaccine.

Please tell us how you found both the booking process and the actual vaccination if you’ve had it, and whether it was simple to get information in languages other than Swedish. We will use the responses both as part of an article, and to inform our future reporting.

As always in our surveys, we will not publish your name without your permission. 

The Local exists to help Sweden’s foreign residents navigate life here, and to raise your voices. 

During the pandemic, we have made an extra effort to raise your voices on The Local, for example by asking for your opinions on the Swedish response to the pandemic (we did this three times in 2020 in April, in June, and in December)

We have also written about specific situations and challenges facing groups of readers, including people belonging to risk groups, those who moved to Sweden during the pandemic, the international student experience, how your workplaces responded, long-distance relationships, and challenges facing new parents. You can read the latest news about the outbreak in our paywall-free blog.

If you’ve got a question about Covid-19 or life in Sweden, or a story that you would like to share, you are always welcome to email [email protected]. We can’t answer every email we receive, but we do read them all and will do our best to help if we can.

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COVID-19

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. 

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