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.
Book an appointment for vaccination
Everyone aged 16 or older, or who will turn 16 this year, 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.
When can I be vaccinated in Västerbotten?
Everyone in Västerbotten aged 18 or older will be offered vaccination. You do not need to be a Swedish citizen to be vaccinated. You are also offered free vaccination if you are staying temporarily in the country, seeking asylum, or are in Sweden without a permit.
Everyone aged 18 or older is offered vaccination and may book an appointment now.
How to book an appointment
You can be vaccinated at a health centre of your choice in Västerbotten County, or at a central vaccination clinic in Umeå. In some places you can also be vaccinated by Vaccina. This is a company that provides Covid-19 vaccinations on behalf of Region Västerbotten.
You receive your two doses at the same health centre or vaccination clinic. You book an appointment for the first dose yourself. The number of appointments available depends on how much vaccine Region Västerbotten receives every week. You will be given an appointment for your second dose 7 weeks after your first dose. Care staff will make an appointment for the second dose when you are given the first dose. You cannot choose a time for the second dose yourself. If you are unable to get a vaccination 7 weeks after the first dose, you should book another appointment for dose 1.
You book appointments by logging onto 1177.se with electronic identification, on Vaccina’s website, or by calling the health centre of your choice. If you are unable to book an appointment online or by phone, you can do so by visiting a health centre.
You cannot call 1177 to make an appointment.
If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number
You can still be vaccinated even if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number. You book an appointment by attending a health centre of your choice.
You will need to show some form of ID, such as an LMA card or EU card. Take your co-ordination number along, if you have one.
The health care centre will give you a temporary number, which you need to keep until you have been given the second dose of the vaccine. If you have a reservation number from previous contact with the care centre, you can use this. The number is only used in the health care service, and cannot be used or saved by any other authority.
Book an appointment online
When you log onto 1177.se to book an appointment, the information is given in Swedish. If you do not speak Swedish, you can ask a relative to help you to make the booking online. You can also call the health centre to make an appointment.
How to book an appointment on 1177.se:
- Go to the Vaccination mot covid-19 i Västerbotten page (in Swedish). This will show you a list of available time slots for all health centres and vaccination surgeries.
- For each health centre and vaccination clinic, the dates and the number of available appointments will be shown. Available appointments are marked green.
- Use the link "Boka tid för vaccination mot covid-19" for the health centre or vaccination clinic you choose.
- Use your electronic identification to log in.
- Answer some questions on a form. These questions are in Swedish.
- Select "Covid-19-vaccination dos 1".
- Choose an available time slot.
You cannot log onto Vaccina’s site by logging onto 1177.se. The "Vaccination mot covid-19 i Västerbotten" page contains information on where Vaccina is located. There are also links for booking an appointment.
Are there no time slots when you try to book online?
If there are no available time slots when you want to make an appointment, you can try again in a few days’ time. More time slots become available all the time.
You can also try to book an appointment at a central vaccination clinic or another health centre.
Do you get an error message when you try to book?
If you get an error message when you try to book an appointment, this could be because several people are trying to book at the same time. Try choosing a later time.
Book an appointment by calling the health centre
You can book an appointment by calling a health centre of your choice. This does not need to be the health centre you normally use. The health centre can also help you to book an appointment at a central vaccination clinic. You cannot call 1177 to make an appointment.
When you call, you can speak in Swedish or English. Ask someone you know to help you to book an appointment if you do not speak either of these languages yourself.
The health centre staff cannot help you to make an appointment with Vaccina.
Rescheduling or cancellation
It is important that you attend at the appointed time, as the vaccine is reserved for the person who booked.
But you cannot get a vaccination if you have symptoms of Covid-19. In such case, you should cancel the appointment and provide a sample instead.
Note that the health centres and vaccination surgeries have limited opportunity to offer a new time for dose 2. You may therefore have to wait several weeks for a new appointment.
If you have booked online
If you have booked your appointment online, you can cancel or reschedule your booking by logging onto 1177.se and clicking on "Se bokade tider". You can also use the link "Av/omboka tid för vaccination mot covid-19" on the page Vaccination mot covid-19 i Västerbotten for the clinic you have made an appointment with.
You cannot reschedule an appointment for dose 2 online. If you are ill and need to cancel the appointment, you should call the health centre, who will make a new appointment. This also applies if you have an appointment at a central vaccination clinic.
If you are vaccinated by Vaccina, you book a time for your second dose yourself. You will be given more information when you come for your first dose.
If you have booked by phone
If you have booked an appointment by phone, you can cancel or reschedule it by calling the health centre.
You cannot telephone the 1177 Vårdguiden to cancel an appointment.
If you do not attend an appointment, or if you book too late
If you do not turn up for your appointment, you will be charged a fee. The same applies if you cancel the appointment less than 24 hours before your appointment. The fee is SEK 250.
Important information about the second dose of vaccine
If you are vaccinated in Västerbotten, you are given your two vaccine doses at the same health centre or vaccination clinic. It is only in exceptional cases that you can get your second dose at another clinic. It’s important that both doses come from the same vaccine supplier.
If you are planning to move from Västerbotten to another region of Sweden before receiving the second dose, you must check yourself what provisions for vaccination the other region makes. You must also keep check of which vaccine you received in the first dose.
If you are staying in Sweden temporarily and plan to return home before receiving the second dose, you should also find out whether it is possible to be vaccinated in the country you are travelling to. Find out what applies before taking your first dose.
Things to think about before being vaccinated
- Bring your ID and a completed health declaration. You may also get a health declaration to complete during your vaccination appointment.
- Wear clothes that make it easy to access your upper arm during vaccination. For example, a short-sleeved sweater.
- Do not come to the clinic if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Reschedule your appointment instead.
- In order to avoid crowding, don’t come any earlier than ten minutes before the appointment. Remember to keep a distance from others when waiting your turn.
- The staff you meet speak Swedish and English. If you are vaccinated at a health centre, an interpreter can be provided. In such case, you must inform the staff when booking your appointment.
- All care staff you meet are bound by a duty of confidentiality. This means that they may not tell anyone outside the health care service about your care and treatment. This applies regardless of whether you are a Swedish citizen or not.
- Use a face mask when you come for the vaccination. If you need anyone to accompany you, the same applies to them.
Please only bring accompanied person with you if it's necessary.
Travelling to the vaccination
You will not receive any sickness payment or compensation for travel for Covid-19 vaccination. If you are entitled to mobility transport, you may use it for the journey. You may request transport to the nearest place of vaccination if you are unable to get there by yourself, and the following applies to you:
- You cannot travel by public transport and cannot afford any other means of transport.
- You have no-one who can assist you during travel.
In such case contact the beställningscentralen för serviceresor (booking centre for medical travel) on 0771-25 10 20 for an assessment. The staff will answer in Swedish, but they can speak English if necessary.
Find out more about what rules apply to compensation for travel on the page Compensation for healthcare journeys.
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. It will not cause harm to the unborn baby.
Talk to your midwife if you have any questions.
Children and vaccination
Everyone who is aged 16 or older, or who will turn 16 this year, is advised to get vaccinated. Children aged 12 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.