Sweden recommends fifth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people at increased risk of severe disease, including pregnant women and anyone aged 65 and over
STOCKHOLM – Sweden recommends a fifth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people at increased risk of becoming seriously ill, including pregnant women and people aged 65 and over, authorities said on Tuesday, adding that the country must “prepare for increased spread in the upcoming fall and winter season.
“The vaccine is our most powerful tool to prevent serious illness and death,” Swedish Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren said, adding that the pandemic is not over.
Since September 1, Sweden has recommended that another booster shot be given to people aged 65 and over and people over 18 in risk groups. The Swedish Public Health Agency said the latter includes pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems and people with heart and lung conditions.
“In general, the risk of severe disease is assessed as low for adults under 65 who have been vaccinated with three doses, but the risk increases with age and varies within the group,” said the chief of the agency, Karin Tegmark Wisell.
For most of the pandemic, Sweden stood out among European nations for its relatively passive response. It has never been confined or shut down from businesses, relying largely on individual responsibility.
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