The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Published 10 July 2018

Responsibility for national programmes

As of 2013, national vaccination programmes are regulated by the Communicable Diseases Act.

Many stakeholders contribute to maintaining the vaccination programme:

The Government decides which diseases to include in the programme.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden is responsible for providing the government with suggestions for changes together with supporting documentation, and for implementing the government's decisions through regulations defining target groups, number of doses, timing, etc. The Agency informs the general public about the vaccination programme, monitors the vaccination coverage and the effect of the vaccinations. Furthermore, it is responsible for the vaccination register.

In addition, the Agency can produce recommendations for vaccinations to complement national vaccination programmes.

The Medical Products Agency is responsible for monitoring vaccine safety and reviewing reports of adverse reactions.

The county councils and municipalities are responsible for ensuring access to the vaccines that are needed to prevent the diseases.

The county councils and the principals of school health services shall offer the programme's vaccinations via the child and school health services.