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Skåne to get half as much vaccine as planned – Tough prioritising of risk groups

14,500 people can have the vaccine first in Skåne. It’s less than planned. Therefore, it will be tough to prioritise who gets the vaccine first.
Risk groups and healthcare professionals will get the covid-19 vaccine first; then the general public.
Risk groups and healthcare professionals will get the covid-19 vaccine first; then the general public.
Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT
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The vaccine is only fully effective after the second dose, 2-3 weeks later. Therefore, we must ensure that everyone can get the second dose

Pfizer's doses of vaccine to Skåne will be 60 per cent lower in January than previously planned.

– The vaccine is only fully effective after the second dose, 2-3 weeks later. Therefore, we must ensure that everyone can get the second dose. And that is 14,500 people, says Assistant Infection Control Doctor Per Hagstam.

Folkhälsomyndigheten’s (the Public Health Agency of Sweden) plan for the country is that risk groups, the elderly and medical staff will be vaccinated first. But now even people within risk groups are being prioritised.

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First, we’re going to focus on those who live in special housing for the elderly and the staff who take care of them
The doses for Skåne have decreased from 71,000 to 29,000 doses in January. Pfizer has had delivery issues.
The doses for Skåne have decreased from 71,000 to 29,000 doses in January. Pfizer has had delivery issues.
Foto: Sakchai Lalit

– First, we’re going to focus on those who live in special housing for the elderly and the staff who take care of them, says Per Hagstam.

– Then it will be the most elderly who receive a lot of care and assistance at home. This is a large risk group and we want to reach them. Even there, it’s important to vaccinate the staff, says Per Hagstam.

Hagstam emphasises that there will be plenty of vaccine later this spring.

Per Hagstam is an Assistant Infection Control Doctor at Region Skåne. He is one of the coordinators for the covid vaccination in Skåne.
Per Hagstam is an Assistant Infection Control Doctor at Region Skåne. He is one of the coordinators for the covid vaccination in Skåne.
Foto: Bengt Flemark

The goal is that 70 per cent of all adults will be vaccinated by mid-2021.

Hospitals will build departments for vaccination but they will also work together with primary care.

Will everyone be called to get vaccinated or should we find a practice?

– It will be different. In the beginning, we will identify people in different risk groups. We will provide more details about how it will be later.