Your regional healthcare authority is responsible. Choose a region at the top of the page for more information about what applies where you currently are.
You do not have to pay for vaccination against COVID-19.
It is up to you to decide whether to get the vaccine.
The information in the text applies to both children and adults.
How do I get the vaccine?
Everyone aged 12 or older is being offered vaccination. Some children under the age of 5 are also eligible to receive the vaccine against COVID-19.
Individuals who are seeking asylum or are in Sweden without permission are also offered vaccination free of charge. The same applies to individuals who are studying or working in Sweden, but are not Swedish citizens.
We recommend that you get vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19.
Feel free to vaccinate yourself against COVID-19!
COVID-19 is a very serious disease that can also affect young people severely, and lead to medical problems long after the disease has ended.
Vaccination is the best and safest way to protect yourself and your fellow human beings against COVID-19. You also help society to function as usual.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is free and voluntary.
Everyone aged 12 and over is offered two doses as a basic vaccination.
Everyone aged 18 and over is offered a booster dose (dose 3) to improve protection against COVID-19. There should be at least three months between dose 2 and dose 3.
Everyone born in 1957 or earlier is also offered a second booster dose (dose 4) to further strengthen protection against COVID-19. There should be at least four months between dose 3 and dose 4.
The vaccines approved in Sweden provide good protection against the disease. Falling ill with COVID-19 is by far a greater risk to your health than taking the vaccine.
Three routes to vaccination:
- Book vaccination via 1177.se/Gavleborg. If you don't speak Swedish, ask someone to help you book.
- Call 026-15 03 00 to make an appointment in Swedish or English, or ask someone to call for you.
- Visit a drop-in clinic. Then you don't need to make an appointment. Information about drop-in is available at 1177.se/Gavleborg. You can also call 026-15 03 00 for information about a drop-in in Swedish or English.
How the vaccination works
You will receive the vaccine as a needle jab in the arm. If you are aged 18 or older, you will receive three or four doses. If you are under the age of 18, you will receive two doses. You will get the doses at different times.
Take all of the doses you are offered. This will give you good protection against COVID-19.
You will be asked to stay for 15 minutes after receiving your shot. This is to make sure you feel fine afterwards.
You may also need an additional dose of the vaccine if you have a severely weakened immune system. Your doctor will decide whether you need it.
You cannot choose which brand of vaccine you receive.
Ask the healthcare staff if you have any questions about your vaccination.
Can I get vaccinated if I am sick?
You should not get vaccinated if you have a fever or feel sick. Wait until you are feeling healthy again.
How will I feel afterwards?
Your arm may feel sore, or you may have a headache or feel tired for the first 24 hours after the vaccination. You may also get the chills or a fever, or have joint and muscle aches. These are called side effects and are common in children and adults who have received the vaccine.
The side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days.
Uncommon side effects of vaccination
Many millions of people have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Serious side effects after getting vaccinated are very rare. There is a much higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Reporting vaccine side effects
You can make a report to the Swedish Medical Products Agency if you suspect that the vaccine has caused any side effects. The page is in Swedish.
Healthcare staff also report any side effects that they suspect were caused by the vaccine.
Information on suspected side effects is collected. The side effects are then investigated to see if there is any link to the vaccine.
Pregnancy and vaccination
If you are pregnant, COVID-19 could make you very sick. Vaccination is recommended to protect both you and the baby.
Many pregnant individuals around the world have been vaccinated against COVID-19. It will not cause harm to the unborn baby.
Talk to your midwife if you have any questions.
Read more about pregnancy and COVID-19.
Children and vaccination
Children can become seriously ill with COVID-19, although this is rare. Children aged 12 and older are therefore being offered the vaccine.
Some children under the age of 5 are also eligible to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. This applies to children who have a serious illness, such as severe lung disease. Talk to your child’s doctor about what applies to them.
People under the age of 18 may need the consent of a guardian to receive the vaccine. Contact someone at the vaccination site if you want to get vaccinated, but do not have a guardian’s consent.
If you have previously had an allergic reaction
Talk to a doctor if you have previously had a serious allergic reaction and needed to seek medical attention that same day. It can be from a vaccination, a medicine or something you had eaten.
The vaccine has been thoroughly checked
The COVID-19 vaccine has undergone the same kinds of thorough checks as other vaccines. Millions of adults and children have received the vaccine, and researchers have studied its effects. The vaccine is still being studied.
On the webpage Så fungerar vaccin (How vaccines work), you can read and watch videos about the vaccine. The text and videos are in Swedish.
You can get COVID-19 even if you have been vaccinated. But the vast majority of people who are vaccinated do not get seriously ill.