The general recommendation that healthy children aged 12 to 17 receive the COVID-19 vaccine will end after Oct. 31, according to the agency in a revision posted this weekend.
It cited the "very low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19" in children and teens for the change. After Oct. 31, vaccination will be recommended for only certain children in vulnerable groups.
“In this phase of the pandemic, we do not see that there is a continued need for vaccination in this group,” Andersson said.
Denmark Makes Vaccine ChangeIn nearby Denmark, authorities issued a similar rule change and won't offer people younger age 50 more COVID-19 vaccine boosters.
“The purpose of vaccination is not to prevent infection with COVID-19, and people aged under 50 are therefore currently not being offered booster vaccination,” the country's health agency wrote in a Sept. 13 statement.
Denmark also explicitly dropped any pretense of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and said it will focus on protecting vulnerable individuals from developing severe symptoms.
The UK Health Security Agency stated around the same time that children who hadn’t turned 5 by the end of August wouldn’t be offered vaccines.