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Sweden to Offer He COVID-19 Vaccine to Children Ages 12 to 15

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Sweden s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a news conference on new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday Nov. 11, 2020. (Henrik Montgomery / TT via AP)

STOCKHOLM -- The COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to children ages 12 to 15 in November, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Thursday.

He says: “We do this for the sake of the children, it reduces the risk of long-term illness and missing a lot at school.”

Lofven says the Swedish vaccination program made “huge progress” and 90% of those over 60 have gotten two shots, along with 73% of those over 16.

Sweden, which opted for keeping large sections of society open, has registered more than 1.1 million confirmed cases and 14,740 confirmed deaths.