COVID-19

Vaccination against COVID-19

Vaccination mot covid-19 - engelska

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that spreads easily. Vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding serious illness or death due to the disease. Vaccination can also help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It is therefore important that as many people as possible choose to get vaccinated.

You will receive the vaccine as a needle jab in your arm.
You will receive the vaccine as a needle jab in your arm.

Your health region is responsible for vaccination. To make sure you receive the right information, check that you have selected the right region at the top of the page.

You do not have to pay for vaccination against COVID-19.

It is up to you to decide whether to get the vaccine.

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When can I get vaccinated?

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has recommended the order in which people should be offered vaccination. For example, the groups first in line for the vaccination are persons living in care homes, people over the age of 65, and healthcare workers.

Everyone aged 18 or older will be offered vaccination.

We recommend that you get vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19.

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When will I receive the vaccine?

Prioritised groups that are being vaccinated now

  • If you live in special accommodation for the elderly (särskilt boende för äldre), it is the doctors who are connected to your accommodation unit that will provide the vaccination. It is not possible to make an appointment for yourself or for a relative.
  • If you receive home healthcare (hemsjukvård) or home help with care measures (hemtjänst med omsorginsatser) from any of the municipalities within the county of Stockholm, or if your accommodation is provided in accordance with the Act concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS), or if you have a personal assistant (personlig assistent), you will be contacted. The municipality is working together with the healthcare centres (vårdcentral) so that your healthcare centre will be able to provide you with the vaccination. Access to the vaccine is currently limited, but you will be invited to receive the vaccination as soon as the vaccines have been delivered to Stockholm.

If you live together with somebody who receives home healthcare (hemsjukvård), home help with care measures (hemtjänst med omsorginsatser), or personal assistance (personlig assistent), you will also be offered the vaccination.

If you only receive service measures (serviceinsatser) or a security alarm (trygghetslarm) from the home help service (hemtjänsten), you do not belong to the group that will be contacted – you will have to make your own appointment to receive the vaccination when this becomes possible.

  • If you work within the home help service (hemtjänsten) or at special accommodation for the elderly (särskilt boende för äldre, SÄBO), or if you belong to other forms of municipal care personnel, you will receive a personal notification from your employer, after which you will be able to book your own appointment (time and place) for both vaccination instances.
  • If you work within emergency or critical care. To ensure the continued provision of care at hospitals and other critical care institutions, it is also necessary to vaccinate certain members of staff who come into contact with patients. You will receive a vaccination invitation from your employer.

In phases from mid-March

  • If you were born in or before 1956, a letter will be sent to your home address informing you how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine at the healthcare centre (vårdcentral) with which you are registered. Please note that it is not yet possible to make these appointments.
  • If you are aged over 18 years and receive assistance measures in accordance with the Act concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS), you will be able to make your own appointment (or with the help of a friend/relative) to receive the vaccine at the healthcare centre (vårdcentral) with which you are registered. Please note that it is not yet possible to make these appointments.
  • If you have undergone a bone marrow or organ transplant, or if you live with someone who has. If you receive dialysis treatment, or if you live with someone who does. It has not yet been decided what form the vaccination process will take. This text will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.
  • If you work within other forms of health and medical care than those groups currently being vaccinated, you will receive a vaccination invitation from your employer. Unfortunately, access to the vaccine is currently limited and unpredictable.

In phases from April

  • If you are aged 18-64 years and belong to a risk group, you will be able to make your own appointment (or with the help of your care contact) to receive the vaccine at the healthcare centre (vårdcentral) with which you are registered. Please note that it is not yet possible to make these appointments.
  • If you are aged 60-64 years, you will be able to make your own appointment to receive the vaccine at the healthcare centre (vårdcentral) with which you are registered. Please note that it is not yet possible to make these appointments.
  • For those who, for various reasons, find it difficult to follow the advice to protect themselves and others against COVID-19, it has not yet been decided what form the vaccination process will take. This text will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.

In phases from April-May

  • If you are aged 18 years or above and do not belong to any of the above-mentioned groups, it is not yet possible to make an appointment or to place yourself on a waiting list to receive the vaccine. Information will be published here on 1177.se about when it will be possible to make appointments for vaccination.

For which people is vaccination not recommended?

The vaccination is not recommended for children and young people aged 17 or younger. Vaccination is not recommended if you are pregnant.

Talk to a doctor if you have questions about what applies to you or your child.

Talk to a doctor if you have previously had an allergic reaction to a vaccination, a medicine, or something you had eaten and needed to seek medical attention that same day.

How the vaccination works

You will receive the vaccine as a needle jab in your arm. You need to get two shots. You get the shots at different times.

You will have some protection from the virus after the first dose of vaccine. You will have good protection against COVID-19 one to two weeks after receiving the second dose.

You have the right to receive information from the healthcare staff when getting the vaccination. If you have any questions, just ask.

Can I get vaccinated if I am sick?

You should not get vaccinated if you have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19.

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.

Any discomfort is usually mild and will go away after a few days.  

Healthcare staff are required to report side effects from the vaccine

If healthcare staff suspect that the vaccine has caused any side effects, they are required to report these to the Swedish Medical Products Agency (in Swedish).

You can also make your own report if you suspect that the vaccine has caused side effects (in Swedish).

Is the vaccine safe?

The COVID-19 vaccine has undergone the same kinds of thorough checks as other vaccines. Many people have received the vaccine, and researchers have studied its effects.  

Researchers from many different countries have worked together to develop the vaccine. Many countries and companies throughout the world have invested a great deal of money. That is why it was possible to develop the vaccine so quickly.

On the webpage Så fungerar vaccin (How vaccines work), you can read and watch videos about the vaccine (in Swedish).  

Keep following the guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19

You should continue to follow the authorities’ guidelines even after receiving the vaccination (in Swedish).

It takes about one week after receiving the second dose of the vaccine to develop a good level of protection. There is a slight risk of getting the disease even if you are vaccinated.

There is also a small risk of spreading the virus even if you are not sick, for example if you have got it on your hands.

It is not known how long the protection given by the vaccine lasts. 

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