Also Sweden does not recommend Covid-19 vaccination for children under 12 years of age

The Swedish Public Health Agency, in a press release, said that the medical benefit for a child aged 5 to 11 years receiving a Covid-19 vaccine is "currently small."

Covid-19 vaccination, Also Sweden does not recommend Covid-19 vaccination for children under 12 years of age

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After Norway decided not to recommend the vaccination a few days ago, the Swedish government rejected Covid-19 vaccination for children under 12 today, Thursday.

The Swedish Public Health Agency, in a press release, said that the medical benefit for a child aged 5 to 11 years receiving a Covid-19 vaccine is “currently small.”

“Therefore, the authority for the spring period 2022 does not recommend a general vaccination of children under 12 years of age in Sweden,” the release said. “We will continue to follow up on the issue.”

Swedish Public Health Agency. (Photo internet reproduction)
Swedish Public Health Agency. (Photo internet reproduction)

The agency further said that general Covid-19 vaccinations for children 5 years and older are not expected to “have a major effect on the spread” of the virus in Sweden.

“As before during the pandemic, children have a significantly lower risk of developing severe Covid-19 disease than adults,” the agency said. “In general, the younger the child, the lower the risk.”

“With the knowledge, we have today, with a low risk of severe disease for children, we don’t see any clear benefit in vaccinating them,” Health Agency official Britta Bjorkholm told a news conference Thursday.