Vaccinations may take longer than expected

The vaccination takes time, perhaps longer than expected, says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S). But the national vaccination target remains and more doses are on the way.

Several regions warn that they will not reach the goal of offering vaccines to the adult population before the end of the first half of the year. The medical staff “stands and stomps” but cannot vaccinate because the deliveries are too small.

The government still stands by the goal, says Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (S) during a conversation with regions, vaccine coordinators and care staff.

– If we receive the deliveries promised, we have the conditions to reach the goal.

May take longer

Lena Hallengren now emphasizes that it is not midsummer that applies, but precisely the turn of the year, and believes that, among other things, Sweden’s municipalities and regions emphasize the turn of the year – that is, 5 July.

– There are ten days there that can be a pretty important difference, she says.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S), who also took part in the conversation, emphasized that vaccination takes time, perhaps longer than expected.

– We must be clear about that, he says.

At the same time, Region Halland, which was the first in Sweden with the assessment that the goal cannot be achieved, announces that vaccine start-up by the general public will be postponed another week, from week 17 to week 18. The region has one of the worst infection rates in the country.

– It is a frustration when the vaccine does not come, the interest is extremely high among the public and staff, says Halland’s vaccine coordinator Pernilla Wallerstedt.

New EU agreement

Pfizer / Biontech announces that an additional 200 million doses of vaccine will be delivered to the EU in 2021. It has already been agreed to deliver 300 million doses by the turn of the year, which means that the EU will have access to a total of half a billion doses of the vaccine.

– This particular agreement and future agreements show that there will be more vaccines and that this goal is still realistic, says the government’s vaccine coordinator Richard Bergström to Swedish Radio Ekot.

The regions did not know about the agreement in the forecasts made last week.

In Västmanland, vaccine coordinator Jonas Ekström, who also participated in the conversation with the government, says that the capacity for vaccination far exceeds the number of doses delivered. Around 5,000 doses are delivered every week, while the capacity is 25,000 sticks per week.

In April, May and June, capacity is expected to increase to 36,000 vaccinations a week in Västmanland.

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by

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