Half of Sweden’s population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose

Half of Sweden's population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose
Vaccination underway in Malmö, where all over-18s will be able to book their slot from Tuesday evening. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
More than 5 million people in Sweden have received at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the latest update from the Public Health Agency showed on Tuesday.

In total, 5,302,083 people have received one or both doses, based on what regions have reported to the National Vaccine Register.

That’s 64.7 percent of the adult population, according to the Public Health Agency, and just over half of the total population, according to figures from Statistics Sweden.

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Of those, 3,430,420 have received both doses, which is 41.9 percent of the adult population.

Currently all the Covid-19 vaccines being used in Sweden require two doses, usually given with an approximately six-week interval, and the vaccines are primarily being given to adults only. Some, but far  from all regions, have opened up booking to all adults aged over 18, while others are still only vaccinating older age groups and those in risk groups.

Sweden has also said it will recommend vaccination for all over-16s, but vaccination of this age group is set to begin only after the vaccine has been offered to all eligible adults over the age of 18. The use of the Pfizer jab in children from the age of 12 was also approved, but only if there are special conditions such as belonging to a risk group.

Sweden currently expects all adults will have been offered their first dose by September 19th at the latest, after delaying the target multiple times due to smaller deliveries than expected.

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