Covid-19 vaccine booking opens to all adults in all but one Swedish region

Covid-19 vaccine booking opens to all adults in all but one Swedish region
A dose of the Pfizer vaccine being prepared. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
It is now possible for all over-18s to book their Covid-19 vaccination in every Swedish region except one.

The Uppsala region is currently only open to people aged over 23, but as of Friday Sweden’s other 20 healthcare regions had all opened booking for adults over 18. In order to be eligible, you must have already turned 18.

The regions have managed the booking themselves dependent on vaccine availability and uptake as well as regional demographics, so Norrbotten and Sörmland for example opened booking to all adults some weeks ago.

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Representatives for the Uppsala region told TT that it too expects to open to all adults at some point this week. Uppsala officials said that the region has been opening its vaccine booking slots frequently but to very limited age groups at a time, so as not to overload the booking system.

Across the whole country, 5,523,876 people have received at least the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the most recent update from the Public Health Agency on Friday. That’s equivalent to just over two thirds (67.4 percent) of the adult population, while 3,562,731 have received two doses.

Currently the vaccines being used in Sweden require two doses and are only being given to over-18s, but the country plans to roll out the vaccine to over-16s as well as over-12s who belong to a Covid-19 risk group once all adults have been offered the jab.

Meanwhile, adults in a Covid-19 risk group may be offered a third dose as early as the autumn, according to comments from state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.

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