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Covid-19 vaccine booking now open to ALL adults in Sweden

It is now possible for all over-18s to book their Covid-19 vaccination in every Swedish region.

Covid-19 vaccine booking now open to ALL adults in Sweden
The vaccine against Covid-19 will be available to all adults in Sweden from tomorrow. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Uppsala opened its vaccine booking system to over-18s on Wednesday, after opening to over-21s on Tuesday. That means all of Sweden’s 21 regions now offer the vaccine to all adults. You have to have turned 18 to be able to book.

In Uppsala, booking is possible through 1177.se or by calling 018-617 35 00 in case you are not able to log in with a BankID app or similar. This is also the number you should call if you don’t have a Swedish identification number (personnummer). The vaccine is free and available to everyone who lives in Sweden. This article by The Local explains how to book the vaccine where you live in Sweden.

Across the whole country, 5,747,869 people have received at least the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the most recent update from the Public Health Agency on Friday. That’s equivalent to 70 percent of the adult population, while 3,682,574 have received two doses.

Currently the vaccines being used in Sweden require two doses and are only being given to over-18s, but the country plans to roll out the vaccine to over-16s as well as over-12s who belong to a Covid-19 risk group in the second week of August.

Meanwhile, adults in a Covid-19 risk group may be offered a third dose as early as the autumn, according to comments from state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.

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Sweden to announce decision on potential Covid-19 travel restrictions

In a press conference later today, Sweden's health minister Jakob Forssmed and department head of the Public Health Agency, Sara Byfors, are expected to make an announcement on whether Sweden will introduce restrictions for travellers arriving from China.

Sweden to announce decision on potential Covid-19 travel restrictions

Yesterday, the EU’s crisis response mechanism (IPCR) recommended that member states start testing travellers arriving from China for Covid-19.

This recommendation is advisory and not legally binding, leaving it up to member states to decide whether to introduce tests or a testing requirement.

Earlier this week, Sara Byfors said that it is pointless if Sweden is the only country to introduce a negative test requirement.

Byfors and Forssmed are expected to announce whether Sweden will introduce a test requirement for travellers arriving from China in a press conference today at 9:30, which The Local will be covering.

Here’s our article from earlier this week going over what we know so far about the possible negative test requirement, and who it could affect.

China has lessened many of its Covid-19 restrictions in recent weeks. Next week, it will start producing passports for its citizens again, and the requirement to quarantine upon return to China will be removed.

However, there is still a high level of Covid-19 infection in the country, which has led multiple countries to introduce restrictions on travellers from China or plan to do so.

On Tuesday, China threatened to “take countermeasures”.

“This lacks a scientific basis and some methods are completely unacceptable,” said Mao Ning, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry.

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