Monday 4/12/21
CORONAVIRUS

Sweden plans digital vaccine passport

The digital certificate would allow Swedes to document that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
02 February 2021, Palestinian Territories, Bethlehem: A Palestinian health worker receives a Moderna Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine. Palestinian Authority began vaccinating health workers after a global pressure campaign on Israel to provide the vaccines. Photo: Mosab Shawer/APA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa
A health worker receives a Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Mosab Shawer/dpa.

Sweden on Thursday announced plans to develop a digital coronavirus passport for use by the summer.

"International processes have commenced regarding technical solutions and standards for proof of vaccination. There is need for Sweden to participate," Health Minister Lena Hallengren told a press conference.

The digital certificate would allow Swedes to document that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, said Anders Ygeman, minister for digital development.

The certificate was to be in line with international rules and standards and ensure privacy. The government hoped it would be in place as of June 1.

The government envisaged that proof of vaccination will be required by other countries for entry or to attend conferences, music festivals and sports events.

Denmark

Under the plan, several authorities and agencies including the Public Health Agency, the Swedish eHealth Agency that leads and coordinates government e-health initiatives, and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions would participate in developing the digital passport.

The Public Health Agency was also tasked with taking part in the World Health Organization's work on developing a digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate, and the eHealth Agency was to work with the European Commission on its effort within the European Union.

Neighbouring Denmark on Wednesday announced similar plans for a digital coronavirus passport.

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