September 20, Archived Notice about COVID Boosters, Flu Shots, and Monkeypox

September 20, 2022

COVID-19 Booster

Sweden has announced that as of September 1, people aged 65+ and those at high risk (e.g. those with a weakened immune system) should receive the COVID-19 booster.

While Sweden does not recommend the booster this fall for other populations (because the three doses provide good protection), anyone over 18 who received their last COVID-19 vaccination at least four months ago can receive the fall booster.

Drop-in clinics began on September 12. Reserve a spot online, and find info about opening hours and addresses. From the current list of drop-in clinic locations, the closest to DIS is located in Kungsträdgården (until September 30) and the next closest is Hammarby Sjöstad. Be sure to bring your passport for ID purposes and your proof of vaccination (e.g. your CDC vaccination card).

Seasonal Flu Shots

DIS is planning to offer free flu shots to all DIS faculty, staff and students. More details will be sent to all students soon.


Since monkeypox is still quite rare and not transmitted as easily as COVID-19, the risk of infection remains low for most people. It is spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact. Prevent the spread of monkeypox by avoiding these forms of contact; not sharing objects, clothing, bedding, or towels; and by cleaning your hands often.

The monkeypox vaccination is currently being offered only to those at high risk of becoming infected or becoming seriously ill. If you think you might qualify and would like to be vaccinated for monkeypox, visit a doctor to discuss your options.

If you believe you have been in close contact with someone with monkeypox or have symptoms of monkeypox (a rash and/or influenza-like symptoms, which include fever, headaches, muscle aches, swollen glands, chills and fatigue), seek medical care and testing. Find information about medical care and seeing a doctor in Stockholm on our website.

Read more about monkeypox from Swedish health officials here (in Swedish, use Google Translate or similar).