Sweden will not recommend children 5-11 receive the Covid-19 vaccine, Health Agency officials said Thursday.
"With the knowledge we have today, with a low risk for serious disease for kids, we don't see any clear benefit with vaccinating them," Health Agency official Britta Bjorkholm said during a news conference.
Bjorkholm left the door open to changing that recommendation if a new variant emerges or research changes, however.
The announcement comes as Sweden is set to lift most of its Covid-19 restrictions beginning Feb. 9 if the Omicron wave peaks by that point.
Those famously right-wing Swedes. https://t.co/OOGavQGWHt— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 27, 2022
Science. Actual science. https://t.co/jQvInJwctA— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) January 27, 2022
Take another 'L,' FDA.??https://t.co/nvQdZ7zWtX— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 27, 2022
Once, we were great leaders. https://t.co/DjJ9XiMzYx— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) January 27, 2022
Meanwhile, not only is America "recommending" it but some states are forcing you to do it!— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) January 27, 2022
Why does America seem incapable of cost-benefit analysis compared to the rest of the world? https://t.co/QZKpfQZs2U
Meanwhile in the US https://t.co/b1YyKPf6IZ— Sebastian (@Sebasti15394274) January 27, 2022
Interesting. Having lived there, they are very structured, rules-based and top down. https://t.co/PF6nqTY6oG— Martin Pelletier (@MPelletierCIO) January 27, 2022
In the U.S., 19 percent of children ages 5-11 (5.3 million) are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control.