Covid booster shots in Sweden: Who can get them and how to book

Now that Sweden has started offering booster shots, some of The Local's readers have been wondering how to go about booking, and whether they're eligible. Here's our guide on how it's done.

Covid booster shots in Sweden: Who can get them and how to book
Sweden has started administering booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Who is eligible in the first round?

The first round of Covid-19 booster shots are now being offered to some groups of Swedish society.

People eligible for the first round of boosters include:

  • Those born in 1956 or earlier (aged 65 or over)
  • Those living in elderly care homes
  • Those receiving at-home care
  • Those working in elderly care homes or with at-home care

Additionally, there are rules on how much time must have passed since your second dose before you are eligible for a third dose.

If you are over 65, you need to wait five months after your second dose before you are able to get your third. If you are in one of the other groups eligible for a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine, you will need to wait six months.

Who will be eligible in the second round, and when will that start?

The second round of booster shots will be given once 80 percent of those aged 65-79 have received their first dose. This will be measured on a regional level, meaning that the start date of the second round of booster shots will be slightly different in different regions, as regions each individually reach this milestone.

Once this goal has been achieved, the following people will be eligible for a booster dose:

  • Those aged 50-64
  • Adults receiving LSS assistance, as well as adults receiving personal assistant benefits due to a disability
  • Adults in the following risk groups:
    • Chronic cardiovascular disease, including strokes and hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Chronic lung disease such as COPD and severe and unstable asthma
    • Other conditions that lead to impaired lung function or impaired coughing and secretion stagnation (for example, extreme obesity, neuromuscular diseases or multiple disabilities)
    • Chronic liver or kidney failure
    • Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
    • Conditions that severely weaken the immune system due to an illness or treatment
    • Down syndrome
    • Pregnant women with certain pregnancy-related risk factors – such as age over 35, hypertension, diabetes, a BMI over 30, or other factors determined after individual assessment.

Once 60 percent of those aged 50-64 have received their booster dose, doses will be extended to those aged 18-49, prioritised by age.

How do I book my booster shot?

For those who are eligible for booster shots, the booking system varies depending on which region you live in – check healthcare website 1177 for details if you are unsure what applies to you (click välj region in the menu bar to select specific information for your region).

In some regions you will be contacted directly by your healthcare centre (vårdcentral) where you got your first two vaccine doses and given an appointment, in others you will need to contact your healthcare centre yourself for an appointment or go to a drop-in vaccination service.

You should take your Covid pass or your proof of vaccination with you and ID.

Those living in care homes will be vaccinated at home.

The third dose is, just like the first two, free for everyone in Sweden, including foreign residents without a Swedish identity number (personnummer). If you do lack a personnummer, you may find it easiest to go to a drop-in service once you become eligible for the third dose, rather than try to book an appointment, but the best and most efficient procedure will likely depend on which region you live in.

The Local has contacted the Public Health Agency for more information on how this will work for those who are eligible for booster shots but received their first and second vaccines outside of Sweden.

Thanks to everyone who has got in touch to ask about booster shots. You are always welcome to get in touch with our editorial team at [email protected] if you have further questions. We may not be able to reply to every email, but we read them all and they help inform our coverage.

Member comments

  1. Tack för uppdateringen! Please keep this story & booster shot availability up to date, as my family will be watching and waiting.

  2. Once again this plan shows no flexibility to those of us who were vaccinated abroad – since vaccinations were available earlier in the USA my shots will already be over 9 months old starting next month, yet it seems unlikely that my age group will have access to a booster shot in Sweden for many months to come.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”