Collective information about COVID-19

Vaccination against COVID-19

Vaccination mot covid-19 - engelska

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that spreads easily. Vaccination is the best way of avoiding serious illness or death due to the disease.

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 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.

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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.


Video: How to book an appointment for vaccination

How to book an appointment for vaccination against COVID-19 at The booking process step by step with English translation.

This is how you do it in Västerbotten

You will book an appointment for the first dose yourself. 

The time for the second vaccine dose will be given to you from the health care staff during your visit. You will get the two doses with an interval of 4-7 weeks. You book the third dose yourself and at least 3 months must have elapsed between the second and the third dose.

You make an appointment by logging in to with e-identification or by calling any health center. If you do not have the opportunity to make an appointment online or call, you can always visit a health center to make an appointment. 

You cannot call 1177 to make an appointment.

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number

You can still get vaccinated even if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number. You can book an appointment by going to a health center of your own option or by visiting a drop-in vaccination.

Bring some type of identification with you, such as an LMA card or an EU card.

If you have a spare number that you received during your previous contact with the health care, you can use it. The number is only used in health care and cannot be used or traced by any other authority.

Drop in

Drop-in vaccination is offered now and then in certain places in the county. There you can get vaccinated without making an appointment in advance.

If you have a previously booked appointment, you must cancel it if you choose to be vaccinated in a drop-in center.

Find all the times you can book online as well as all the times and places in drop-in centers (Page in Swedish)

Book a time slot online

When you have logged in to to book an appointment, the information will be in Swedish. If you cannot read Swedish, you can ask someone close to you for help making the booking online. You can also call or visit the health center to make an appointment.

Here's how to book an appointment at

  1. Go to the Vaccination mot covid-19 i Västerbotten page (in Swedish). There you can see an overview of free time slots for all healthcare centers and vaccination clinics.
  2. For each health center or vaccination clinic that has available time slots, it is stated which date there are time slots and how many there are. The number of free time slots are marked in green.
  3. Use the link "Boka tid för vaccination mot covid-19" for the healthcare centre or vaccination clinic of your choosing.
  4. Log in with e-identification.
  5. Use the form with some questions to answer. The questions are in Swedish.
  6. Select "Covid-19-vaccination – alla doser".
  7. Choose an available time slot.

Are there no times slots when you are trying to book online?

If there are no available time slots for your booking of vaccine, you can try again in a few days. More time slots are posted on an ongoing basis.

Are you receiving an error message when you try booking?

If you get an error message when you want to book an appointment, it may be due to more people are trying to book the same time as you. Then try to choose a later time

Book an appointment by calling the healthcare centre

You can make an appointment by calling any health center. It does not to be the health care center you usually go to. You cannot call 1177 to make an appointment.

When you call, you can either speak Swedish or English. Ask someone you know for help booking an appointment if you do not speak any of the two languages.

Rescheduling or cancellation

It is important that you arrive at your booked time as the vaccine has been reserved for you who booked.

This is how to do it

You who have booked your time slot online will have to cancel or rebook it by logging in to and click on ”Se bokade tider”. You can also use the link ”Av/omboka tid för vaccination mot covid-19” on page Vaccination mot covid-19 i Västerbotten for the clinic you booked an appointment at. If you have booked your time by phone, cancel or rebook it by calling the healthcare center.

You cannot call the telephone number 1177 to cancel your appointment.

If you need to rebook your appointment for dose two or three, you can do so online at some healthcare centers. You can see if you can rebook your appointment by logging in to Otherwise, you can call the healthcare center for a new appointment.

If you need to rebook your appointment less than 24 hours prior to your visit

If you are ill and need to rebook your appointment at a later date, you must always call the health center.

If you do not attend an appointment or cancel too late 

If you do not arrive on your booked time, you will have to pay a fee. The same applies if you cancel the booked time less than 24 hours prior to your visit. The fee is SEK 250. 

Important in concern to the second dose of vaccine

If you plan to move from Västerbotten to another region in Sweden prior to you having received your second or third dose, you must investigate for yourself what opportunities the other region offers when it concerns vaccination.

If you missed your booked time for the second dose at a clinic which is now closed, you can visit a drop-in clinic or make an appointment at any health center. You can make an appointment by logging in to or by calling the health center.

To think about prior to vaccination

  • Bring your ID and a completed health declaration. You may also get a health declaration to complete during your vaccination appointment.
  • You must bring your vaccination card or an excerpt from your medical journal if you got your first dose outside Västerbotten county.
  • If you are under 18 years of age and have difficulty understanding spoken and written information or following instructions, your guardian needs to sign a consent form if they are not accompanying you to the vaccination. Children aged 12-14 years need a consent form signed by both guardians.
  • Wear clothes that make it easy for you to be given an injection in your upper arm. 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. You will be asked to stay for 15 minutes after receiving your shot. This is to make sure you feel fine afterwards. You will get the doses at different times.

There is a longer text on how many doses of vaccine different people will be offered: Hur många gånger rekommenderas jag att vaccinera mig? (How many times should I get vaccinated?) The text is in Swedish.

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.  

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.

Pregnancy and vaccination

If you are pregnant, COVID-19 could make you very sick. Vaccination is recommended to protect both you and the baby.

It will not cause harm to the unborn baby.

You can also get vaccinated while you are breastfeeding.

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. 

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.

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