The New York Times: Sweden recommends fourth vaccine shots for people 80 and older.
Sweden has joined a small list of nations to recommend a fourth COVID-19 vaccination. On Monday Sweden’s public health agency recommended that people 80 years and older take a second booster shot. Research done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown booster shot efficacy to decrease significantly four months after injection. Studies have also shown that Omicron is better at evading immune defenses compared to other variants. With this data in mind, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has advised people 80 or older to receive a fourth dose. This recommendation is also in line with the analysis of scientists who argue that people of all ages receiving a booster every few months is unrealistic and that boosters should mainly be administered to the vulnerable such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions. Most COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to be lifted in Sweden. The full article by Matt Surman can be read here on The New York Times. For more on COVID-19 vaccines click here.