Sweden Won’t Recommend AstraZeneca’s Vaccine for People Over 65

Sweden’s health authorities won’t recommend that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine be given to people over 65, according to a statement on Tuesday.

“The European Medicines Agency judges that AstraZeneca’s vaccine is safe to use and provides a good immune response,” the Swedish Public Health Agency said on its website. “However, there is still no data on how effective the vaccine is in protecting against severe Covid-19 disease in the older age groups.”

The agency said it will revisit the decision when more is known about the vaccine’s effect on people over 65, which it expects to be “later in the spring.”

“Pending these additional data, the Swedish Public Health Agency has decided to recommend that AstraZenaca’s vaccine be used in people under the age of 65 in Sweden,” it said.

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