Sweden’s health authority said Thursday that it would not recommend COVID-19 vaccinations for all children aged five to 11, the country again choosing a different COVID-19 policy than much of Europe.
The Scandinavian country, which controversially opted against any form of lockdown or school closures during the pandemic’s early days, recommended jabs only for children who were at risk. Britta Bjorklund of the country’s Public Health Agency said:
“The vaccines are safe, there are very good vaccines but we are now focusing on the medical benefits of the individual child and we don’t see that the benefits are great enough for us to recommend for the whole group.
We don’t see that we want to vaccinate a whole group of children for the sake of society.”
However the decision could be reassessed if the health situation changes, the authorities said.
Sweden’s decision came the same day as Denmark removed most COVID restrictions. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said:
“We say goodbye to the restrictions and welcome the life we knew before the pandemic. As of Feb. 1, Denmark will be open.”
While Sweden chose not to impose lockdowns early in the pandemic, it did ban visits to elderly care homes, limit the number of people attending public gatherings, and restrict opening hours at bars and restaurants.Please consider supporting by sharing or making a donation.
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