Sweden offers COVID-19 booster shot to those ages 18 to 65

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Sweden is recommending that everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 should get a booster shot against COVID-19 six months after receiving the second jab.

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Copenhagen, Denmark – Sweden recommended on Wednesday that everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 should get a booster shot against COVID-19 six months after receiving a second jab.

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“The government takes the spread of infection around the world seriously,” Hallengren said. “The objective (of giving the third shot) is to be prepared for a potentially worsening situation.”

The head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, Karin Tegmark Wiesel, said the vaccine “is our most important tool in tackling the pandemic.”

“The two shots provide good protection against serious illness and death, but the protective effect diminishes over time,” she said at a news conference.

Sweden was the first to stand out among European countries for its comparatively pragmatic response to the pandemic. A third shot has already been offered to everyone over the age of 65. Officials say 26% of people in that age group have received a booster so far.

Last week, Sweden said it would introduce a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate for public gatherings and events with more than 100 people indoors. The move follows similar moves by other EU countries amid a recent continental rise in COVID-19 cases.

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