COVID-19

Vaccination against COVID-19

Vaccination mot covid-19 - engelska

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that spreads easily. Vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding serious illness or death due to the disease. Vaccination can also help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It is therefore important that as many people as possible choose to get vaccinated.

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 health region is responsible for vaccination. To make sure you receive the right information, check that you have selected the right region at the top of the page.

You do not have to pay for vaccination against COVID-19.

It is up to you to decide whether to get the vaccine.

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When can I get vaccinated?

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has recommended the order in which people should be offered vaccination. For example, the groups first in line for the vaccination are persons living in care homes, people over the age of 65, and healthcare workers.

Everyone aged 18 or older will be offered vaccination.

We recommend that you get vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19.

Skåne

Vaccination against COVID-19 in Skåne

Here is information on when you can get vaccinated in Skåne. The vaccination plan may change. This may occur if, for example, there is a shortage of vaccine.

You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet.

Group 1 is currently being vaccinated

You live in a nursing home

  • You will be offered vaccination in January or February.
  • You will receive the vaccine where you live. 

You have home help services (hemtjänst) who help you with personal care

  • You will be offered vaccination in February.
  • You will receive an information sheet from the home help services. The sheet will tell you how to make a vaccination appointment. Ask the home help personnel or someone you know if you need help making an appointment.
  • You will be vaccinated at your local health centre (vårdcentral). 
  • Do you live with someone who has home help services? Then you will also be given the vaccine.

You have home care services (hemsjukvård) and receive medical care in your home

  • You will be offered vaccination in January or February.
  • You will receive the vaccine where you live.
  • Do you live with someone who has home care? Then you will also be given the vaccine.

You work with care for the elderly or emergency care

Are you working in care and nursing for the elderly? Or are you working in emergency care in a department prioritised for vaccination? Then you will be offered vaccination in January or February.

Update 12 February: We are currently unable to offer vaccination to those working in emergency care. This is due to a vaccine shortage. You will be offered vaccination in March instead.

Group 2 begins vaccination in mid-March

You are 65 years old or over

  • You will be offered vaccination in the middle of March.
  • You will receive a letter. The letter will tell you how to make a vaccination appointment. Letters will be sent out to the oldest people first. You cannot make an appointment until you have received the letter.
  • You will be vaccinated at your local health centre (vårdcentral).

You have received bone marrow or an organ transplant

  • You will be offered vaccination in mid-March.
  • You will be vaccinated in a hospital.
  • You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet. You will receive more information later.
  • Are you living with someone who has received bone marrow or an organ transplant? Then you will also be offered vaccination.

You are receiving dialysis

  • You will be offered vaccination in mid-March.
  • You will be vaccinated in a hospital.
  • You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet. You will receive more information later.
  • Are you living with someone receiving dialysis? Then you will also be offered vaccination.

You are receiving support pursuant to LSS or compensation for personal assistance

Do you have a disability and are receiving support pursuant to LSS? Or are you receiving personal assistance and being compensated for this?

The following applies to you:

  • You will be offered vaccination in April.
  • You will be vaccinated in a hospital.
  • You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet. You will receive more information later.

You are working closely with patients in care and nursing services

Are you working closely with patients in care and nursing services? This can include persons receiving support pursuant to LSS.

The following applies to you:

  • You will be offered vaccination in April.
  • You will receive more information about how the vaccination will be conducted.

Group 3 begins vaccination in April 

You are between 60 and 64 years old 

Are you born between 1957 and 1961?

The following applies to you:

  • You will be offered vaccination in April.
  • You will be vaccinated at a private clinic which Region Skåne cooperates with.
  • You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet. You will receive more information later.

Do you trouble following the advice for limiting the spread of COVID-19? 

For example, you have dementia, a disability, or are homeless.

The following applies to you:

  • You will be offered vaccination in April.
  • You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet. You will receive more information later.

You are between 18 and 59 years of age and at a greater risk of serious illness

Some illnesses and conditions mean that you can get much sicker if you contract COVID-19. Do you, for example, have diabetes, Down syndrome, or cardiovascular diseases? If so, you are at a greater risk of becoming very ill if you contract COVID-19.

The following applies to you:

  • You will be offered vaccination in April.
  • You are vaccinated at your local health centre (vårdcentral).
  • You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet. You will receive more information later.

Group 4 begins vaccination in May

You are between 18 and 59 years old

Are you between 18 and 59 years of age? Are you not at any greater risk of becoming very ill?

The following applies to you:

  • You will be given vaccine in mid-May. This is after all other groups have been vaccinated.
  • You will be vaccinated at a private clinic which Region Skåne cooperates with.
  • You cannot make a vaccination appointment yet. You will receive more information later.

For which people is vaccination not recommended?

The vaccination is not recommended for children and young people aged 17 or younger. Vaccination is not recommended if you are pregnant.

Talk to a doctor if you have questions about what applies to you or your child.

Talk to a doctor if you have previously had an allergic reaction to a vaccination, a medicine, or something you had eaten and needed to seek medical attention that same day.

How the vaccination works

You will receive the vaccine as a needle jab in your arm. You need to get two shots. You get the shots at different times.

You will have some protection from the virus after the first dose of vaccine. You will have good protection against COVID-19 one to two weeks after receiving the second dose.

You have the right to receive information from the healthcare staff when getting the vaccination. If you have any questions, just ask.

Can I get vaccinated if I am sick?

You should not get vaccinated if you have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19.

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.

Any discomfort is usually mild and will go away after a few days.  

Healthcare staff are required to report side effects from the vaccine

If healthcare staff suspect that the vaccine has caused any side effects, they are required to report these to the Swedish Medical Products Agency (in Swedish).

You can also make your own report if you suspect that the vaccine has caused side effects (in Swedish).

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.  

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 (in Swedish).  

Keep following the guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19

You should continue to follow the authorities’ guidelines even after receiving the vaccination (in Swedish).

It takes about one week after receiving the second dose of the vaccine to develop a good level of protection. There is a slight risk of getting the disease even if you are vaccinated.

There is also a small risk of spreading 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. 

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