At the fifteenth week, the district received 12,869 doses and during Week 16 an estimated 12,000 doses, then increased. Week 17 is expected to receive 16,340 doses. The increase is expected to continue into the future.
It’s a big increase that means we’ll be able to ramp up the pace, says Eric Sköldenberg.
Previously, the Swedish Public Health Agency distributed vaccines to different regions of the country based on the proportion of the population over the age of 65 and 70 years, respectively. From week 18 onwards, this is changing and you’ll instead start looking at the percentage of the population that is over the age of 18. Then the vaccine doses are distributed accordingly. This benefits Uppsala, which has a younger population compared to many other regions.
Astra’s message means the vaccine cannot be used
However, the Public Health Agency’s recent announcement that it will continue to administer the Astra Zeneca vaccine only to people over the age of 65 means that some of the vaccine expected to arrive during weeks 18 and 19 will not be able to be used at this time. This is because the district expects every person over the age of 65 to be clearly vaccinated during Week 17. In addition, those under the age of 65 who have already received the Astra dose will receive another vaccine.
We’ve had large shipments of the Astra vaccine week 19 onwards, which we will no longer be able to use because we’ve simply vaccinated everyone over the age of 65, says Eric Sköldenberg.