STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s public well being company on Monday really helpful a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals over the age of 80, these in nursing properties and people receiving at-home care.
The company mentioned the jab ought to be taken 4 months after the earlier dose, on the earliest.
“The spread of COVID-19 is still intense in Sweden. An increasing number of cases have been reported in recent weeks, including among people at increased risk of severe illness,” the company mentioned.
“The immune system’s ability to react to the vaccination, and build up lasting protection, decreases with age,” it added.
“A booster strengthens that protection,” state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell mentioned in an announcement from the company.
In Sweden, greater than 85% of these over the age of 80, have acquired a 3rd dose of the vaccine, as have 55% of over-18s.
The Scandinavian nation, which lifted all its restrictions on February 9 regardless of a surge in Omicron infections, made headlines early within the pandemic for selecting to not impose lockdowns.
With greater than 16,500 fatalities to date, its loss of life toll is barely higher than the European common however is way larger than these of neighbouring Norway, Finland and Denmark.