Vaccination being offered to those 12 years and older

The Public Health Agency of Sweden ("Folkhälsomyndigheten") has decided to recommend vaccination against Covid-19 from the age of 12 years. The decision is based on the assessment that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the drawbacks.

Children run a significantly lower risk of severe Covid-19 than adults. But there are examples of children who have become seriously ill. It has mainly concerned the condition MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) which means hyperinflammation with high fever and in some cases an effect on one or more organs in the body.

So far during the pandemic, more than 250 children under the age of 18 in Sweden have suffered from MIS-C.

According to the Public Health Agency, the vaccines currently approved from the age of 12 are safe and effective. To date, nearly 20 million children worldwide have received one of the vaccines. In the vast majority of cases, side effects are mild and transient. A few children have experienced side effects in the form of myocarditis, which is usually transient. However, you need to be aware of the risk and seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as chest pain in the days following the vaccination, according to the Public Health Agency.

The Public Health Agency recommends that children be offered the vaccine in two doses and that vaccination begin in a coordinated manner throughout the country in early November.

Note: On 20 September, The Public Health Agency announced, that vaccinations can begin during the second week of October.


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