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 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.
Vaccination against Covid-19 in Västra Götaland
Vaccination of the population in Västra Götaland has been divided into four phases. The speed at which vaccinations against Covid-19 can be offered depends on the supply of vaccines. The latest information about vaccination is available at 1177.se and on your health centre website.
Vaccination against Covid-19 is free of charge. The healthcare system will not ask you for any payment, account number, or codes in conjunction with vaccination.
Vaccination of priority groups
The oldest, the most vulnerable, and those with certain underlying medical conditions will be vaccinated first. If you fall into any of these categories, you can be vaccinated at the health centre where you are listed, or at a specialist clinic where you are a patient. Certain healthcare workers who have close contact with patients may need to be vaccinated at an early stage. You can be contacted in different ways depending on the health centre or clinic that you belong to. Information is available at 1177.se and on your health centre website.
Vaccinations for the general public
Everyone will be offered a vaccination against Covid-19. Vaccinations for the general public will commence once those in the priority groups have been vaccinated. The oldest will be vaccinated first.
When the time comes for the general public to be vaccinated, information will be published on how to book a vaccination appointment. If you cannot read Swedish, you may need help if you wish to book an appointment online. You can also call the vaccination clinic.
Vaccinations will be provided at health centres, hospitals, and at certain private vaccination centres. You can choose the vaccination centre that is best for you. You can also be vaccinated in another region. The latest information is available at 1177.se and on your health centre website.
You cannot choose your vaccine
The Västra Götaland Region has access to the same approved vaccines as other regions in Sweden. You cannot choose the vaccine you will be given.
To ensure a good level of protection, most vaccines require two doses with an interval of a few weeks between the first and second dose.
Telephone helpline with an interpreter
The Västra Götaland Region has set up a telephone helpline to provide information about Covid-19 vaccination. It is the same information that is available at 1177.se. The service is available in Arabic, Persian, and Somali. However, the helpline staff will not be able to help you book a vaccination appointment or answer any medical questions.
Telephone: 010-473 94 30. Opening hours: 7am – 4pm
Arabic: 011-473 00 22
Persian: 011-473 00 23
Somali: 011-473 00 24
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.