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Most Covid-19 deaths in Sweden and UK in September involved ‘fully vaccinated’ individuals

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “Fully vaccinated” individuals accounted for most Covid-19 deaths in Sweden and the United Kingdom last month, government data show. At the same time, other Western countries saw an increase in cases and deaths.

According to the Swedish newspaper of reference Svenska Dagbladet, the Swedish Public Health Agency reported 70% of Covid 19 deaths among the “fully vaccinated” between Sept. 1 and Sept. 24. Sweden recorded about 130 fatal Covid cases during that period.

“It is still mainly elderly people, but vaccination experts continue to see a trend toward decreasing vaccination coverage in Sweden,” Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Researcher Farshid Jalalvand told the newspaper that “it has been a long time since the elderly were vaccinated, vaccination rates have increased, restrictions have been relaxed, and the delta variant has taken over.

Most Covid deaths in Sweden and UK in September involved 'fully vaccinated' individuals
Most Covid deaths in Sweden and UK in September involved ‘fully vaccinated’ individuals

In Sweden, however, deaths dropped dramatically after health officials eased restrictions in early June, and virtually no Covid deaths were reported in the Scandinavian country in July and August. Casualties began to rise again in mid-September. By that time, nearly 75% of Swedes 16 years and older were “fully vaccinated.”

Despite Sweden’s mass vaccination campaign, the recent increase in infections has resulted in the highest number of Covid 19 cases among Swedish nursing home residents since February.

The new testing protocol announced by Swedish authorities last week could mean that so-called ‘breakthrough’ cases (when a Covid positive occurs in a vaccinated person) will no longer play a role in future data reporting anyway.

The health department announced that “fully vaccinated” people with coronavirus symptoms will be exempt from testing after the agency found increased Covid deaths after vaccination.


Recently released data from UK health authorities suggest a similar trend in the United Kingdom.

A UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) report released Oct. 7 found that most Covid-19 deaths in the United Kingdom in September were among the “fully vaccinated,” as were most hospitalizations.

The vaccination rate in the United Kingdom is almost as high as in Sweden.

Between Sept. 6 and Oct. 3, 70 percent of Covid-positive deaths occurred among fully vaccinated persons, according to UKHSA data, with 2,281 deaths among the “fully vaccinated” and only 611 among the unvaccinated within 28 days of a positive test. Partially vaccinated individuals accounted for 98 deaths.

Covid deaths among “fully vaccinated” Britons have increased dramatically since August, The Expose noted. Last month, Public Health England reported 600 coronavirus deaths in the unvaccinated population between Aug. 9 and Sept. 5 and 1,659 in the dually vaccinated population.

The latest UKSHA figures also show that vaccinated patients dominate Covid 19 hospitalizations. Between Sept. 6 and Oct. 3, 3,910 “fully vaccinated” people were hospitalized “for Covid,” compared with about 2,400 unvaccinated patients.

The fully or partially vaccinated together accounted for about 64% of all Covid-related hospitalizations.

The increase in Covid-19 deaths in the United Kingdom mirrors trends in other countries with high vaccination coverage, including the United States.

A September Department of Defense presentation found that about 60% of elderly Medicare patients hospitalized for Covid before Aug. 7 were “fully vaccinated.” Vermont, the state with the most vaccinations in the United States, reported that fully vaccinated individuals accounted for 76% of deaths from coronavirus in September.

In Maryland, where more than 85% of adults have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, about one-third of recent virus-related deaths involved “fully vaccinated” individuals.

“In the last six and eight weeks, more than 40% of the people who died in Maryland were fully vaccinated,” former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, a top adviser to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, said in an interview with Fox News this week.

According to public data released last week, other countries struggling with deadly Covid 19 breakthroughs include Australia, where 36 of the 49 nursing home residents who died from the virus during the Delta variant outbreak in New South Wales also had the double dose.

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