Nursing homes to get first COVID vaccinations in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Around 600,000 residents of nursing homes for the elderly as well as staff and residents’ relatives will be the first in Sweden to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, the government said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A member of nursing staff vaccinates a person against influenza as vaccination to high risk group patients is administered outdoors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Trelleborg, southern Sweden November 19, 2020. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson via REUTERS

Sweden has signed up to receive five of the six vaccines to be purchased through the European Union’s common procurement scheme; the first, from Pfizer and BioNTech’s, could be approved by the European Medicines Agency in late December.

“First, we need to protect the most vulnerable, then vaccinate the whole population so the pandemic slows and then is stopped,” Johan Carlson, head of the Public Health Agency, told a

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