In Sweden, there are still relatively large groups under 50 who have not been vaccinated, and Tegnell is encouraging more people to get vaccinated, not least those who have only been vaccinated once.
– It’s important not to live thinking one dose is enough, Tegnell said at a news conference Thursday.
It is also believed that it is difficult to predict how the new delta variant will affect the spread of infection during the fall.
Personally, I think this fall is more difficult to assess than before. We base a lot of our work on historical data, and when we can’t use it in the same way now with vaccination, it’s hard to say what the scenarios will be, he says.
Two out of three are fully immune
So far, nearly 6,662,000 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Sweden, which is 81.3 percent of the adult population. 66.4 percent of the population received two doses.
On Thursday, the authorities recorded eight new deaths related to Corona. At the same time, the number of coronary patients requiring hospitalization is increasing, which is cause for concern.
Currently, there are about 250 people who require hospital treatment for coronavirus, but the number is increasing across all age groups, according to Erin Nelson Carlson of the National Board of Health and Welfare.
She says the intensive care capacity available in Sweden is now 26 percent. 13 regions expect a deterioration in the short and long term.
Tegnell confirmed on the same day that there is no scientific evidence that a third dose of the full Swedish vaccine will have any effect now.
The only people who should receive a third dose are those with severely weakened immune systems, according to Tegnell.
“This is not an extra dose they should skip the first doses, but for them to get full protection as a result of a weakened immune system,” he says.
No third round now
Politicians in Stockholm have argued that a third round of vaccination should be started for those who have been fully vaccinated, but for now it is very important to vaccinate those who have not yet received a vaccine, Tegnell stresses.
– In Sweden, we do not see an increase in the percentage of infected people, even if they have been vaccinated. These cases are consistently at a very low level, Tegnell tells Dagens Nyheter.
Tegnell points out that both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Agency for the Control of Infectious Diseases (ECDC) have a similar position.
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