Your regional healthcare authority is responsible. Choose a region at the top of the page for more information about what applies where you live.
You do not have to pay for vaccination against COVID-19.
It is up to you to decide whether to get the vaccine.
The Swedish Public Health Agency resumes AstraZeneca vaccinations
20 april: The Swedish Public Health Agency has decided to recommend the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for individuals over the age of 65.
Book an appointment for vaccination
Everyone aged 18 or older will be offered vaccination. You do not have to be a Swedish citizen to get vaccinated.
We recommend that you get vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19.
You can book in three ways:
- Using the Alltid öppet app. The app is available in English with a Swedish mobile subscription and a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer).
- By calling 08–428 429 20, open daily from 8am until 7pm – available for those who have a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer).
- If you do not have personal identity number (personnummer), you can contact a healthcare centre (vårdcentral) for an appointment.
What to do if you are in a risk group
- If you are 18-64 years old, are in a risk group and have received treatment or care at a specialist hospital ward at least three times during the last 12 months, the hospital will contact you.
- If you are 18-59 years old and have a risk group diagnosis but are not included in the above group, you will be contacted by your health centre. If this has not happened before 7 May, you can contact your health centre yourself to discuss whether or not you are in a risk group.
- If you are pregnant from week 12 onwards and are aged 35 or older, have a BMI of 30 or over or are in a risk group, contact your healthcare centre if they have not already contacted you.
- Vaccinations may also be recommended for young people aged 16 or 17 who are in a risk group. How vaccinations will be carried for these people has not yet been decided.
Different diseases and conditions apply for the different groups. Read more at Krisinformation (in English).
The following groups will be contacted:
- Those who have undergone a bone marrow or organ transplant, or who receive dialysis treatment. Vaccinations are arranged by the hospital. If you live with someone, they also will get a vaccination.
- Those living in special accommodation for the elderly. Vaccinations are arranged by their doctors.
- Those with home healthcare or home help with care measures or a personal assistant. You and your household will be vaccinated at your healthcare centre (vårdcentral).
- Those with accommodation provided in accordance with the Act concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS). You and your household will be vaccinated at your healthcare centre (vårdcentral). N.B. If you only receive service measures (serviceinsatser) or a security alarm (trygghetslarm), you will have to make your own appointment according to your age group.
- Those who work for a home help service or at special accommodation units for the elderly, or for other forms of municipal care service. Your employer will contact you.
- Those who work within emergency or critical care. Your employer will contact you.
- Those who, for various reasons, find it difficult to follow the advice to protect themselves and others against COVID-19 will be able to get the vaccination in different ways.
Vaccinations for these groups will only be offered to individuals over 18 years of age.
If you receive assistance measures, you should make your own appointment
If you are aged over 18 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) where you are registered.
How the vaccination works
You will receive the vaccine as a needle jab in the arm. Two shots are normally required. You will get the shots at different times.
You will be asked to stay for 15 minutes after receiving your shot. This is to make sure you feel fine afterwards.
Two weeks after receiving the second dose of the vaccine, you will have very good protection against COVID-19. You will have good protection three weeks after the first dose of vaccine, even if you are getting it in two doses.
You cannot choose which vaccine you receive.
You have the right to receive information from the healthcare staff when getting the vaccination. If you have any questions, just ask.
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.
Any discomfort is usually mild and will go away after a few days.
Stay home for as long as you have symptoms.
If the symptoms do not go away within a day, you need to get tested.
Uncommon side effects of vaccination
Many millions of people have been vaccinated against COVID -19. A few people have experienced serious side effects after vaccination. This is very rare. There is a much higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
The authorities have drawn up guidelines on which of the vaccines different people should be given. All of the vaccines have been thoroughly studied.
Read more on the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website.
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. You can get the vaccine after week 12 of your pregnancy.
Many pregnant individuals around the world have been vaccinated against COVID-19. No evidence has been seen of the vaccine causing harm to the unborn baby.
Talk to your midwife if you have any questions.
Children and vaccination
Vaccination is not recommended for people aged 17 and younger. Children aged 16 and older may sometimes be advised to get vaccinated if they have a serious illness. This includes certain serious lung diseases.
Talk to a doctor if you are unsure about what applies.
If you have previously had an allergic reaction
Talk to a doctor if you have previously had an allergic reaction and needed to seek medical attention that same day. It can be from a vaccination, a medicine or something you had eaten.
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. The vaccine is still being studied.
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. The text and videos are in Swedish.
Keep following the guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19
It takes two weeks after receiving the final dose of the vaccine to develop a good level of protection. There is a slight risk that you will get the disease even if you are vaccinated.
There is also a small risk that you will spread 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.