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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Sweden opens up fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine for over-80s

Sweden's Public Health Agency is now recommending a fourth vaccine dose for care home residents, recipients of at-home care, and over 80s, to be given at least four months after dose three.

Sweden opens up fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine for over-80s

Despite recently removing almost all Covid-19-related restrictions, the pandemic is still ongoing in Sweden, with the Public Health Agency describing the spread of infection in a press release as “intensive”.

There has also been an increase in the number of cases in groups of the population with an increased risk for serious illness, such as care home residents. 

In addition to this, the immune system’s ability to react to vaccinations and build up long-term protection against the virus becomes less effective with age.

In response to this, the Public Health Agency is now recommending that Swedish regions offer a second booster dose – representing a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – to the following at-risk groups:

  • care home residents
  • recipients of at-home care
  • over 80s

Regions will be able to offer the dose four months after the first booster dose (dose three), at the earliest, starting from next week.

“A booster dose strengthens protection against the virus,” said state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell in a statement. “Therefore, we believe that people aged 80 and over will benefit from a second booster dose.”

First booster doses are available for over-18s in all Swedish regions. If you have not had yours yet and want to know how to book in your region, see The Local’s guide HERE.