At the beginning of December last year, the government announced that all Swedes over 18 would have time to be vaccinated during the first half of 2021.
The vaccination work would be done with full force, and the demand for cooperation between the state and the regions would be high, the Minister of Social Affairs explained Lena Hallengren.
As recently as last week, Hallengren stated that the goal of vaccinating all adults before midsummer remains – provided that the vaccine doses are delivered as they should be.
But keeping up with the high vaccine rate will be difficult, at least for some regions.
Region Halland and Region Skåne were the first to announce that they will not have time to achieve the government’s goals. The reason is a shortage of vaccines, since Pfizer’s deliveries during the autumn were less than promised.
In accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency’s recommendation, the vaccine from Astra Zeneca will not be given to people over 65, which can also create extended waiting times for some of the inhabitants in the regions.
And today, Stockholm also joins the group of regions that have seen themselves defeated by lack of time and vaccines. The preliminary assessment is that Stockholmers will not be fully vaccinated until mid-July.
The care development regional council explains to Expressen Desired Pethrus (KD) what is the reason for the delay:
– There have been problems with deliveries, but also changed prioritization schemes that have affected the number of doses we receive to Stockholm. So we are completely in the hands of national decisions and the deliveries we receive sent to us, she says.
“Phase four is the big challenge”
The capital’s biggest challenge will be the fourth and final vaccine phase. Here we find all the population over 18 who are not in any risk group – which makes the group the largest of the mass vaccinations.
To get through phase four without further delays, the Stockholm Region needs more vaccine manufacturers.
Among other things, it is hoped to be able to receive half a million doses from the pharmaceutical companies Curavac and Johnson in April. These vaccines are currently not approved at EU level.
– Phase four is the big challenge, but we believe that there will be enough vaccinators who can handle it. We are prepared, but we are completely in the hands of national decisions, says Pethrus to Expressen.
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