Will a vaccine stop the pandemic?
A vaccine that is approved for use in Sweden can be one of several ways to achieve protection against COVID-19. But a vaccine will not be the only solution. Even if a vaccine becomes available to us, we will need to think about protecting each other from infection by continuing to stay at home if we have symptoms, keeping a distance, maintaining good hand hygiene and working from home whenever possible.
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Who will be offered vaccination against COVID-19?
Those most in need of help to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 will be given top priority. This also applies to staff working in the fields of care of older people, health and medical care and other care staff who are working closely with people at increased risk of serious illness.
Which groups are given priority will be determined by the state of knowledge available when the vaccine arrives, i.e. how safe and effective the vaccine is judged to be in the groups to be vaccinated.
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Will everyone be offered vaccination?
Vaccination against COVID-19 is offered to people who are 18 years and older. Those most in need of help to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 will be given top priority.
Vaccination will not be offered to people who are 17 years or younger or to pregnant women. Depending on the vaccine and the underlying medical problems, vaccination may, in special cases, be discussed with the treating doctor.
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Can I decide for myself whether to get vaccinated?
Yes. All vaccinations are voluntary in Sweden, including vaccination against COVID-19. If you are offered a vaccination against COVID-19, you will be able decide for yourself, based on the available knowledge of the disease and the vaccine. You will also be given information about the vaccine before you need to make a decision.
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- Do I have to pay to vaccinate myself against COVID-19?
Which groups will be the first to receive the vaccine when vaccination starts in Sweden?
People who have the greatest need for protection against serious COVID-19 will receive the first doses. Therefore, people who live in care homes for older people will be among those who will be given priority.
The following groups will be offered vaccination first – and in the following order of priority:
- Persons living in care homes for older people or who have home help, mainly those aged 70 and older.
- Staff working in the fields of care of older people, health and medical care and other care staff who work closely with the persons described above.
- Adults who live with people who have home help.
As access to approved vaccines gradually increases, the recommendation will be updated and further developed with recommendations for the prioritisation of other groups in society.
Read more: National plan for vaccination against COVID-19 (In Swedish)
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Can I have an antibody test instead of getting vaccinated against COVID-19?
No. We still lack knowledge about how much and what type of antibodies are required to be immune to COVID-19. We also do not know how long this protection lasts. Everyone will therefore be offered a vaccine, regardless of whether they have had the illness or not. Based on previous experience from vaccinations, there is no reason to believe that being vaccinated has any negative effects if you have already had the illness.
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