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.