TODAY: Sweden to unveil plans for Covid-19 vaccine pass

TODAY: Sweden to unveil plans for Covid-19 vaccine pass
The Covid vaccine pass is meant to make it easier to travel between EU countries. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Swedish ministers are set to hold a press conference today to reveal the government's plans for the Covid vaccine pass.

UPDATE: Read The Local’s report from the Covid pass press conference here

Health Minister Lena Hallengren, Energy and Digital Development Minister Anders Ygeman and EU Minister Hans Dahlgren will talk about the digital Covid certificate at a press conference at 1.30pm.

They will be joined by representatives from the Agency for Digital Government and the Swedish eHealth Agency.

Everyone who gets any vaccine in Sweden is already entitled to proof of vaccination, but what’s new is that the Covid vaccine pass is being made digital.

To begin with, the aim of the vaccine pass is to make travel between EU countries easier, and all EU member states are introducing their own version.

Sweden has not yet said whether or not the pass will be used to facilitate other activities, for example admission to cultural events or venues. The government has said it will announce its plans in mid-June, so we expect to get an update on this at the press conference.

What do we know so far – and what don’t we know?

Within seven days of the Covid-19 jab (which you can book as soon as your age group becomes eligible in your Swedish region), your vaccination should be reported to Sweden’s National Vaccination Register by healthcare staff.

From July 1st, you will be able to visit the website covidbevis.se and log in, using a digital ID like BankID. If you don’t have one, you will be able to fill out a form on the eHealth Agency’s website and get it mailed to your registered address in Sweden. At the moment you need a Swedish personnummer to receive the pass, although the eHealth Agency says that “work is under way” to ensure that a vaccination certificate can be obtained without a personnummer, although it is not currently clear what you will need to do.

For those who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated, or who are unable to do so, at a later date it will be possible to use the pass to show recovery from Covid-19 (by presenting a positive antibody test result) or a recent negative test, which should facilitate travel as well. 

As for people who got their first dose of the vaccine abroad and their second dose in Sweden, the eHealth Agency says that the caregiver will be able to register you as fully vaccinated, which means you will get the Covid pass. But you need to make sure that the vaccine administrator is aware it is your second dose, and you will need to provide official documentation of your first dose.

There is no information on what people who received both their doses in a non-EU country should do (the Covid-19 vaccine pass is an EU initiative), but the eHealth Agency advises that people who received theirs in an EU country should try to obtain a certificate from that country.

You can also check with your destination country about which documents they will accept as proof of vaccination.


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