Sweden cuts recommended waiting period for Covid booster

a nurse vaccinating a man
Most Swedish regions currently only offer the booster dose after five months to over-65s, while other adults can get it after six months. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Swedens' Public Health Agency has given regions the go-ahead to shorten the interval between the second and third dose of the Covid vaccine for all adults.

In most Swedish regions, only over-65s are currently able to get their Covid booster five months after their second dose (or five months after their first dose, if their first dose was the Johnson & Johnson, also known as Janssen, vaccine). Other adults have to wait six months.

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But the Public Health Agency now recommends that the interval be shortened to five months for everyone over the age of 18.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, it said regions should prioritise people over the age of 50 and people aged 18-49 who belong to risk groups.

Swedish regions are responsible for their own healthcare so it is ultimately up to them to decide how and when to roll out boosters to more people. To find out how to book a vaccine in your region, go to the 1177.se healthcare website and click välj region at the top of the page.

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