Covid-19 pass: How much of an outlier is Sweden in not giving vaccinated people extra freedoms?
Sweden does not currently plan to use a 'Covid pass' or 'health pass' to regulate entry to public places. We've compared the Swedish stance to other countries across Europe.
Published: 29 July 2021 15:14 CEST
Updated: 31 July 2021 09:49 CEST
Updated: 31 July 2021 09:49 CEST
Sweden is unusual in requiring neither proof of Covid-19 vaccination nor a negative test for entry to events and indoor dining. Photo: Stefan Jerrevång/TT
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How much of an outlier is Sweden in not giving vaccinated people their rights back? Fixed it for you.
Well done, Sweden!
Great work Sweden!
Echoing Niklas, no government has the right to take away freedoms on the basis of medical history.
@patrickussher I can only agree with you.
In my opinion, the Swedish government is acting with the right sense of proportion and is weighing up the risks of colateral damage very carefully. Everyone is free to get vaccinated if they feel safer. It should remain a voluntary decision.
Each country should make its decision based on its circumstances regarding the virus and not worry too much about what happens elsewhere. I would prefer everyone to be vaccinated but it is not unlawful for not having a jab, so there is no need for people to carry any kind of pass around with them, unless they want to.
If each country decides to make having the jab compulsory, that is a different situation and a pass would be the next step; but that would create a public outcry in every country. It won’t happen.
Sweden is doing the right thing but, to encourage those reluctant to have the vaccine, it needs to give back the freedoms to those who have been vaccinated.
Until they sort out vaccine passes for people without personnummers, they can’t reasonably prevent entry to bars and other venues. I don’t necessarily disagree with the premise of asking for proof of vaccination for things like concerts, but to discriminate based on things like citizenship and/or employment status is ludicrous. A non-EU national, for example, without a permanent visa and a job can almost be guaranteed to either not have a personnummer (instead, a coordination number) or a bank account with BankID, at the very least for the first few months of their time in Sweden. And that’s if you aren’t caught up with the months-long delays in Skatteverket issuing personnummers.
People without personnummers are already at a disadvantage – it was ridiculously difficult to get vaccinated in the first place when all of the newly released vaccination appointments are snapped up online before the phone lines would open on a Monday morning. Now all I have is a card that says I’ve been vaccinated, but will not be accepted on its’ own by other countries within the EU. And who knows how this information will transfer to a Covid pass if and when this is available to me – how much extra work and time will I need to put in to have everything sorted out? I have a feeling it will be easier to just get dosed again rather than deal with the bureaucracy.
On another (air)line, flying from Malmö to Umeå via Stockholm. Signs to use masks in the terminal and in the planes. At least 30% of the people practicing their personal version of skinny-dipping (no mask nudity), even inside the aircraft, cabin attendants included. What kind of a joke is this? honestly. You know what, tell me what happens if I pay 30% less of my taxes. Just because I feel that is what is due. Big disappointment to be fair, I used to regard “nordic” countries as proper rule followers, it seems to me a cage aux folles sometimes, or very selfish guys: “got covid, don’t give a toss..” … “I am vaccinated, don’t care …”I am young sod off with the others” . Or a lot of ignorance pushed by Dr. Tegnele and the Govt. who did not really explained masks are use to protect the others, rather than themselves. It is a small “sacrifice” after all.