Covid-19 vaccine bookings: Stockholm opens boosters for all adults

Starting today, all adults in Stockholm will be offered their Covid booster vaccine six months after their second dose.

Covid-19 vaccine bookings: Stockholm opens boosters for all adults
A drop-in vaccination unit in central Stockholm. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Stockholmers who have the app Alltid Öppet on their phone will be sent a text message when it is their turn to get the jab, which will be six months after they got their second dose (or five months for over-65s). They are then advised by the region to book a slot using the app.

If you do not have the app but have a Swedish personnummer, you should call one of these numbers (available in ten languages, including English) to book your vaccine. Note that you will then need to keep track of when you’re eligible for a booster dose yourself.

If you don’t have a personnummer, the region advises you to contact a doctor’s office (vårdcentral) or visit a mobile vaccination unit during drop-in hours. Again, you have to keep track of when you can get the booster, and you may be turned away if six months haven’t passed.

The Covid vaccine, including the booster dose, is free for everyone who lives in Sweden. If you got your first two vaccinations abroad, inform the vaccination staff that you are there for a booster dose (påfyllnadsdos in Swedish) and bring documentation of your first two doses.

Several Swedish regions have already opened booster vaccinations to over-18s who got their first dose six months ago, and the Kalmar region has cut the wait to five months. Here’s a full list of how to book your booster in each of Sweden’s 21 regions.

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EU approves new dual-strain Covid vaccines in time for autumn booster campaigns

The European Medicines Agency has approved two new Covid vaccines that are designed to protect against both the original strain of the virus and the new Omicron variants.

EU approves new dual-strain Covid vaccines in time for autumn booster campaigns

Both Pfizer and Moderna had submitted applications for their dual-strain vaccines to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in mid-July, with the agency announcing on Thursday that both had been approved.

The vaccines target both the Omicron variant and the original strain of Covid, but do not specifically target the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants that have emerged as the global dominant strains in recent months.

The EMA approval comes after the US approved both vaccines on Wednesday, while the UK approved the Moderna dual-strain vaccine in mid-August.

Within the EU, countries have the choice of accepting the EMA recommendation straight out, or asking their own domestic health regulator to give its approval.

The dual-strain vaccines are widely expected to be used in Covid booster shot campaigns this autumn, which many countries plan to combine with the annual flu vaccination drive.