Half of all adults in Sweden have now received a Covid-19 vaccine

Half of all adults in Sweden have now received a Covid-19 vaccine
A healthcare worker prepares a vaccine dose in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Sweden on Monday announced the milestone of having given a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to 51 percent of adults in the country, though it lags slightly behind many European neighbours on vaccination rate.

Since it began its vaccination programme on December 26th, 2020, 4.1 million adults in Sweden have received a Covid-19 vaccination, of which 2.2 million have received both doses, the Public Health Agency said. That’s equivalent to 51 percent and 27 percent of the adult population respectively.

Currently, Sweden is only offering the vaccine to people aged over 18, unlike some countries like Germany for example. The vaccines currently being used in Sweden all require two doses to be fully effective.

Among the most vulnerable age group, those aged over 65, 91 percent had received a first dose and 63 percent both doses, as of Monday.

On Friday, the northern region of Norrbotten became the first in the country to open up vaccination booking to all adults aged over 18 in the region.

Compared to the EU average, Sweden is slightly behind in vaccination progress per capita although rates are fairly similar across the bloc. The chart below from Our World in Data compares Sweden with the eight other countries covered by The Local, as well as the EU average, and you can choose to add other countries for comparison.


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