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.
Individuals who as 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.
How to book an appointment for vaccination against COVID-19.
How to book an appointment for vaccination against COVID-19 at 1177.se. The booking process step by step with English translation.
When can I be vaccinated in Västerbotten?
Everyone in Västerbotten who was born in 2005 or earlier is offered a vaccination and can book an appointment.
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.
Where can I get vaccinated?
You can be vaccinated at a health centre of your choice in the Västerbotten County, or at a central vaccination clinic in Umeå.
You can also come to drop-in vaccinations at the central vaccination clinic, the drop-in vaccination center at Umeå University or at certain health centres. If the queue builds up to a drop-in centre, please come back later. Times and days for opening are added continuously.
The vaccination centre at Umeå University can be found in the Universum Building on Campus Umeå. Use the entrance from the University Square by the fountain and follow the signposting. Find the place on the map.
You will need to show some form of ID, such as an LMA card or EU card. Take your coordination number with you, if you have one. If you are taking your second dose of vaccine, you also need to take information of the date when you got the first dose as well as which vaccine you received.
See times and locations for all drop-in vaccination centres (Page in Swedish).
You usually receive your two doses at the same health centre or vaccination clinic.
How to book an appointment
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 4-7 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.
You book appointments by logging onto 1177.se with electronic identification 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 the vaccination clinic.
- 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.
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.
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 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 cancel 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.
- 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. The form is in Swedish.
- 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. Two shots are 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.
Some people may need an extra dose of the vaccine
You will be offered a third dose of the vaccine if any of the following apply:
- You live in a care home for the elderly.
- You are receiving home help or home health services.
- You are aged 80 or older.
You may also need an extra 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.
You have the right to receive information from the healthcare staff when getting the vaccine. 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, and are common in children and adults who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
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.
Children and vaccination
Children can become seriously ill with COVID-19, although this is rare. Children aged 12 and over are therefore being offered the vaccine.
Many millions of children over the age of 12 have been vaccinated against COVID-19 around the world.
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 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.
The vaccine has been thoroughly checked
The COVID-19 vaccine has undergone the same kinds of thorough checks as other vaccines. Many adults and children 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
There is a slight risk that you will get the disease even if you are vaccinated.