Charts: How do vaccination rates differ by age, gender and region in Sweden?

Explore Sweden's vaccination data in these charts.

Charts: How do vaccination rates differ by age, gender and region in Sweden?
People queue to receive their Covid-19 vaccines in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Across Sweden, a total of 5,438,339 people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of July 8th, and 3,512,963 have received both doses. That’s 66.4 and 42.9 percent of the adult population (children are not currently eligible for the vaccine, but it will be offered to 16-18-year-olds after the summer). 

But the rates vary significantly by region. The chart below shows the vaccination rate in each of the 21 regions, in reverse numerical order.

Kronoberg has vaccinated the smallest proportion of its adult population, followed by each of the three major city regions: Västra Götaland, Stockholm and Skåne. It is also notable that each of these have a low rate of the population fully vaccinated, whereas Kronoberg fares better in this regard.

The regions where the highest proportion of adults have received both vaccine doses are Kalmar (51.23 percent), Värmland (50.33 percent) and Västernorrland (48.56 percent).

The rate of vaccination also differs between age groups, with the oldest residents – who are typically most vulnerable to serious illness from Covid-19 – having been vaccinated first.

Several regions have opened up Covid-19 vaccination to all adults aged over 18, though the majority are still only making it available to older age groups. However, people aged over 18 who are also in a Covid-19 risk group are eligible for the vaccine in all of Sweden.

A higher proportion of women than men have been vaccinated in Sweden, which could be linked to the fact that on average, women have a slightly higher life expectancy so make up a greater share of the oldest age groups who were highest priority for vaccines.

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Sweden opens up fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine for over-80s

Sweden's Public Health Agency is now recommending a fourth vaccine dose for care home residents, recipients of at-home care, and over 80s, to be given at least four months after dose three.

Sweden opens up fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine for over-80s

Despite recently removing almost all Covid-19-related restrictions, the pandemic is still ongoing in Sweden, with the Public Health Agency describing the spread of infection in a press release as “intensive”.

There has also been an increase in the number of cases in groups of the population with an increased risk for serious illness, such as care home residents. 

In addition to this, the immune system’s ability to react to vaccinations and build up long-term protection against the virus becomes less effective with age.

In response to this, the Public Health Agency is now recommending that Swedish regions offer a second booster dose – representing a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – to the following at-risk groups:

  • care home residents
  • recipients of at-home care
  • over 80s

Regions will be able to offer the dose four months after the first booster dose (dose three), at the earliest, starting from next week.

“A booster dose strengthens protection against the virus,” said state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell in a statement. “Therefore, we believe that people aged 80 and over will benefit from a second booster dose.”

First booster doses are available for over-18s in all Swedish regions. If you have not had yours yet and want to know how to book in your region, see The Local’s guide HERE.