STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden is recommending a fifth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women and people at high risk of serious illness, including those over 65, authorities said on Tuesday. The spread increased in the coming fall and winter seasons.”
“Vaccines are our most powerful tool to prevent serious illness and death,” said Swedish Social Minister Lena Hallengren. “The pandemic is not over.”
As of September 1, Sweden has recommended booster vaccinations for those 65 and older and those over 18 who are at risk. The Swedish Public Health Agency says the latter includes pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems and people with heart and lung disease.
“In general, adults under the age of 65 who have received three doses are rated as having a lower risk of serious illness, but the risk increases with age and varies within the group,” said Initiator Karin Tegmark Wisell.
During most of the pandemic, Sweden stood out among European countries with a relatively less hands-on response. It did not enter into a closed or closed business and relied heavily on personal responsibility.