Sweden recommends fourth jab for over-80s

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STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s public well being company on Monday really helpful a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals over the age of 80, these in nursing properties and people receiving at-home care.

The company mentioned the jab needs to be taken 4 months after the earlier dose, on the earliest.

“The unfold of COVID-19 continues to be intense in Sweden. An growing variety of instances have been reported in latest weeks, together with amongst individuals at elevated threat of extreme sickness,” the company mentioned.

“The immune system’s means to react to the vaccination, and construct up lasting safety, decreases with age,” it added.

“A booster strengthens that safety,” state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell mentioned in a press release from the company.

In Sweden, greater than 85% of these over the age of 80, have acquired a 3rd dose of the vaccine, as have 55% of over-18s.

The Scandinavian nation, which lifted all its restrictions on February 9 regardless of a surge in Omicron infections, made headlines early within the pandemic for selecting to not impose lockdowns.

With greater than 16,500 fatalities to date, its demise toll is barely higher than the European common however is much increased than these of neighbouring Norway, Finland and Denmark.

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