From 1 November, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has issued new recommendations regarding testing for COVID-19 and the routines differ if you are fully vaccinated or not.
Text: Anna Lawrence
From 1 November, the recommendation about testing for COVID-19 will not be as extensive as previously. But individuals who have not been fully vaccinated should still get tested when symptoms are shown.
From 1 November, the following applies in Sweden if you show symptoms of respiratory tract infection.
Anyone with symptoms of respiratory tract infections should stay at home, regardless of vaccination.
Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Symptoms of respiratory tract infection include a sore throat, fever, cough and a general feeling of illness.
Testing is recommended in certain other cases too, also for fully vaccinated individuals, among other things for health and medical care professionals and for people who seek medical attention due to symptoms of COVID-19. Testing is also recommended after travels outside of the Nordic countries, even if symptoms are not shown.
Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated are also personally responsible for maintaining distance to others, particularly people in at-risk groups and people over the age of 70, and to avoid crowded spaces.
As previously announced, the guideline of 'leaving every other chair empty' is removed from 2 November. This means that it becomes possible to use bookable premises without any COVID-related limitations to the number of participants in each room, for instance.