About risks and side-effects

About risks and side-effects in connection with vaccination against Covid-19.

For English-language information on the approval and monitoring of vaccines, see information from The European Medical Agency.

The government has mandated the Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) to further elaborate the safety follow-up for the upcoming Covid-19 vaccine.

If you think you have been harmed by a medicine or a vaccine, you have the right to resort to Svenska Läkemedelsförsäkringen AB to have your case heard, free of charge. They will investigate the harm, and if it is deemed to have been caused by a medicine, you can receive compensation.

What side effects can the vaccines cause?

The most common are local side effects in the area the vaccine is injected into, such as tenderness, swelling and redness. You may also experience muscle ache, fever, headache and general malaise. These are natural reactions caused by the body's immune system. In most cases, the reactions are mild and go away within a few days. If you still have a reaction after 24 hours it is most probably not side effects and you should be tested for Covid-19. Stay home as long as you have symptoms.

Concerning allergies

All approved vaccines have an information leaflet detailing the list of ingredients and information on whether an allergy is an obstacle to vaccination. Before the vaccination, you will fill in a health declaration form where you must state if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction or breathing problems after previous vaccinations.

Sources: The Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket), The Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten).