The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 6 October 2021

COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 12–15

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are in progress in Sweden and within the EU. In Sweden, everyone aged 12 and over is offered vaccination against COVID-19.

When the COVID-19 vaccinations started, plans were made to vaccinate all people aged 18 and over. Now there are more knowledge about the vaccines and about the benefits of the vaccine. The Public Health Agency recommends that everyone aged 12 and over get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In Sweden, vaccination against COVID-19 is voluntary and free of charge.  

Children from 12 years of age are offered vaccination against COVID-19

Vaccination is offered to all children from 12 years of age since COVID-19 can cause serious illness also in children. The vaccine used in Sweden, Comirnaty, is approved for use from 12 years of age. It provides a high level of protection against serious illness.

Several EU countries are vaccinating children aged 12–15 years, including Denmark, Finland and Norway. So far, almost 20 million children worldwide have received vaccines. This means that the knowledge on vaccination of children against COVID-19 is much greater today.

Each region is responsible for administrating vaccinations against COVID-19.

Vaccine for children aged 12–15

The vaccine recommended for children aged 12–15, Comirnaty, is approved for use from 12 years and provides a high level of protection against serious illness.

In May 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccine for children aged 12–15 years. The vaccine has been approved for use on adolescents aged 16 and older since December 2020.

Studies indicate that the Comirnaty vaccine is highly effective and safe for use on children aged 12 and older.

The Swedish Medical Products Agency and the EMA follow and analyse data regarding the possible side effects of all vaccines against COVID-19. Decisions regarding vaccination may be amended if safety risks are observed.

Learn more on the website of the Swedish Medical Products Agency.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden is closely monitoring the development of knowledge about the vaccination of children against COVID-19.

Children and COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious viral disease. It is primarily dangerous for those over the age of 65 and for those who have other diseases that make them particularly susceptible to getting sick.

Children and adolescents usually experience mild symptoms of COVID-19. However, children may suffer from a rare and severe form of hyperinflammation (MIS-C) as well as long-term symptoms after falling ill with COVID-19.

Children do not infect other people with COVID-19 as easily as adults do. But the higher the age, the higher the degree of transmission. When it comes to their ability to transmit the disease, adolescents aged 16–17 are similar to adults.