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Sweden to offer Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 12-15

Sweden will roll out the Covid-19 vaccination to children aged between 12 and 15, starting later this autumn, the government announced on Thursday.

Sweden to offer Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 12-15
A teenager gets a Pfizer vaccine in Romania, where the vaccination rollout was expanded to 12-15-year-olds in June. Photo: AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru/TT

“It is only through vaccination that we can go back to a more normal life,” said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who was joined at the press conference by Health Minister Lena Hallengren, Education Minister Anna Ekström and Public Health Agency general director Johan Carlson.

Sweden will follow other countries in offering the vaccine to children aged over 12 from early November, Löfven announced. The Covid-19 vaccine is currently available to everyone aged over 16 in Sweden, and in this age group 73 percent of people have received both doses.

“During the whole pandemic, we have been clear that schools should be the last thing to close [as part of restrictions aimed at curbing the virus] and the first thing to open. Despite that, teaching in universities and to some extent in upper secondary schools has to a large extent had to happen at a distance, partially or entirely. This has taught us how important it is for children’s wellbeing that schools are open and that teaching happens in person as much as possible,” said Education Minister Anna Ekström.

“The vaccine will protect children from serious illness, but it will also help us to keep the schools open,” she added.

In a statement, the Public Health Agency noted that children are at a lower risk of serious illness from Covid-19 than adults, but that the risk still exists. In Sweden alone, just under 250 children have been affected by so-called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children in connection with Covid-19.

Worldwide, around 20 million children over 12 have received one of the vaccines approved for use in this age group, with only extremely rare side effects reported in a small number of children.

The agency stated that the most important measure for reducing the spread of Covid-19, including among children, is for adults to continue to get vaccinated against the virus.

Member comments

  1. Interesting, that this news comes up in the same week as Magdalena Andersson (promoted by the World Economic Forum and supporter of the Great Reset and Davos Agenda) wins the backing of her party and will therefore likely become the next PM of Sweden.

    Probably just coincidence. Like so many other things we’ve seen with the Covid narratives.

    But then again, Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

    Hm…

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COVID-19 VACCINES

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.

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