Sweden Stops Recommending COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

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The Swedish Public Health Authority has stopped recommending healthy children between the ages of 12 and 17 receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The general recommendation that healthy children aged 12 to 17 receive the COVID-19 vaccine ended after Oct. 31, according to the authority in a revision posted this weekend.

It cited the “very low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19” in children and teens for the change. After Oct. 31, vaccination will be recommended for only certain children in vulnerable groups.

Soren Andersson, an official in the Swedish health agency, elaborated on the rule change to broadcaster SVT and said that “we see that the need for care as a result of COVID-19 has been low among children and young people during the pandemic” and added that the need for vaccines has “decreased since the virus variant omicron began to spread.”

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