Last winter, the region reported an early and intense spread of seasonal influenza while covid-19 was also circulating. But how is the vaccination rate this year? VK asked Ronny Lestander, Region Västerbotten's vaccination coordinator.
– We don't really know; the recommended groups are a little smaller than before, but we are hoping for a willingness to be vaccinated, especially among the older population, he says.
After the pandemic, Lestander says, more people have been diligent about getting vaccinated against diseases other than covid-19.
– We've seen a higher willingness to vaccinate throughout the pandemic, but we're a little concerned that people may feel they've been vaccinated so much that they're tired of it. However, we hope to see high vaccination coverage among high-risk groups and the elderly.
Those who book an appointment for both the covid-19 and influenza vaccinations can receive both doses at the same time.
– This is also a significant advantage, being able to vaccinate against both COVID-19 and seasonal influenza at the same time, says Ronny Lestander.
People who are 65 years or older, pregnant or have a medical condition or circumstance that places them in a risk group are recommended to book a free vaccination.