Sweden plans mass vaccination drive as COVID-19 mutations increase

2021-02-18 11:36:12 GMT2021-02-18 19:36:12(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

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STOCKHOLM, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Sweden is making plans for its mass vaccination drive amid signs that mutated strains of COVID-19 are spreading across the country, local media reported on Thursday.

"We hope to be able to start this up on a certain scale from April onwards," Magnus Thyberg, vaccine coordinator in the capital region of Stockholm, told Swedish Television (SVT) on Thursday.

He said most of these vaccinations would be handled by clinics and dedicated vaccination centers.

"Booking is one way to avoid congestion and the spread of infection. Therefore, we are now developing a booking system where you should be able to book an appointment at all vaccination clinics," he said.

Some 800,000 individuals are to be vaccinated in west Sweden's Vastra Gotaland, and around 470,000 in south Sweden's Skane, SVT News reported.

The planning for a wider vaccination scheme comes at a time when infections seem to be on the rise, prompting the government to announce a potential partial lockdown on Wednesday. Enditem