"The assessment is that it is not possible to eradicate the virus and therefore vaccination work should be long-term and focused on reducing serious illness and death," State Epidemiologist of Sweden Anders Tegnell said.
It is noted that the booster dose may be offered in the autumn to older residents in nursing homes, those aged 80 years and over, and individuals with severely weakened immune systems. A booster dose is also likely to be offered to a larger proportion of the population by 2022.
“It is still important that we have a special focus on vaccination of groups and residents in geographical areas with low vaccination coverage,” the epidemiologist noted.
The authority is also working to reach 16-and 17-year-olds and adults who have so far chosen not to be vaccinated.
According to the Public Health Agency, 78 percent of the adult population had received at least one dose of vaccine in Sweden, while 51 percent had been fully vaccinated.
As it was reported earlier, the German government considers the possibility of the implementation of vaccines for vulnerable groups of the population.