Sweden stops recommending COVID-19 vaccine for children


Swedish Public Health Agency stopped recommending Healthy children between the ages of 12 and 17 receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The general recommendation that healthy children aged 12 to 17 receive the COVID-19 vaccine ended after October 31, according to a revised version posted this weekend.

He cited the “very low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19” for children and adolescents as the reason for the change. After 31 October, vaccination is recommended only for certain children from vulnerable groups.

Soren Andersson, an official at the Swedish health agency, detailed the rule changes to broadcasters SVT “We see a lower need for care among children and adolescents during the pandemic as a result of COVID-19,” he said, adding that the need for a vaccine “has declined since the virus variant Omicron began to spread. I am,” he added.

“At this stage of the pandemic, I doubt there is a continuing need for vaccination in this group,” Anderson continued.

For those over the age of 18, Swedish health authorities still Recommendation to 3 vaccinations. Four doses are recommended for people over the age of 65.

Unlike most other countries, Sweden has refused to enforce a strict COVID-19 lockdown. data When the study Have It was shown that highly developed Scandinavian countries may be less affected by the virus and lockdowns compared to countries that have implemented these measures.

After seeing relatively high death tolls at the start of the pandemic, Sweden is now recording fewer deaths than the European average, according to AFP news agency.

Denmark changes vaccine

In nearby Denmark, authorities have issued similar rule changes, announcing that they will no longer offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to people under the age of 50.

“The purpose of immunization is not to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and therefore currently no boosters are being given to people under the age of 50,” the national health agency said in a statement on Sept. 13. .

Denmark also explicitly dropped its pretenses to stop the spread of COVID-19, saying it would focus on preventing vulnerable individuals from developing severe symptoms.

Those under the age of 50, saidAt the same time, officials say young people are “well protected against becoming seriously ill” and that “a very large number are already vaccinated.” I have had it and have had previous infections.”

The UK Health Security Agency has announced that it will not offer vaccines to children under the age of five by the end of August.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based breaking news reporter for the Epoch Times.