In Britain, which has already vaccinated 18 million people, Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented his “road map to freedom” on Monday. One of the first inscriptions meant that people in nursing homes could receive a visitor. The restrictions will then be removed in four rounds throughout the spring. On June 21, it will be allowed to arrange large weddings, go to football and visit night clubs. From that day on, all social restrictions must be removed.
In Sweden until now 427,783 people received at least one dose of the Coravina vaccine, which corresponds to 5.2 percent of the adult population. Of these, 217,478 people received two doses.
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By the end of last week, 82 percent of people over the age of 64 who lived in private accommodations had received their first dose of vaccination. 64 percent received both doses. It is this group that can expect restrictions to be eased on Thursday, according to state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.
We discussed how those who are now vaccinated should be able to live their lives, which we think could be a little different from the very restricted lives they have lived so far.
Will Sweden have a similar road map to the UK when it comes time to phase out restrictions?
It’s a very theoretical roadmap, it’s interesting. The steps are quite reasonable when it comes from a strict lockdown like the one found in the UK. We worked differently in Sweden. We’ve had a softer close at a steady level throughout and diversified on more margins than in the UK. After that, you don’t have much need to take action, says Ander Tegnell.
It has been shown in several countries that when you have fallen dramatically in harsh lockdowns, you have a very big difference again. We don’t have this problem the same way in Sweden, so here we can make the downsizing process smoother. We do not need to take drastic steps like in the UK, when we see the spread of infection becoming more stable we can slowly start reducing some of the restrictions.
In the United Kingdom, a third of the adult population received the first injection. Is it a reasonable level to begin easing restrictions?
– It’s hard to know. The most important thing is the percentage of really old and frail people who have been vaccinated. They are primarily those you want to protect. Here you will probably need a very high vaccination coverage before you can give anything away. A third of everything will likely not affect the infection spreading that much. The declines in the UK may be due to more than just vaccines.