People in risk groups can now apply for coronavirus compensation in Sweden

From August 24th, people who are at high risk of serious illness from the coronavirus can claim for compensation if the pandemic meant they missed work.

People in risk groups can now apply for coronavirus compensation in Sweden
You can only apply for compensation if your employer was unable to offer you work to do at home or in an infection-safe environment. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The government decided on the compensation in late June, and as of Monday morning, it was possible to apply from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).

The compensation is available to people who belong to risk groups and were unable to work from home during the pandemic, whether they're self-employed or an employee, due to the risk of infection. It also applies to people with temporary contracts who had to miss shifts for this reason.

Eligible risk groups include people who have ongoing or recently finished treatment for cancer, a BMI of over 40, transplant recipients with ongoing immunotherapy, and several other cardiovascular or respiratory diseases. People aged over 70 are also considered to be at especially high risk of illness from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but are not eligible for this compensation.

It applies retroactively for the period between July 1st and September 30th, and is capped at 804 kronor per day before tax for a maximum of 90 days. The agency has said payments will take an average of around 30 days to be processed.

To apply for the compensation, go to the Försäkringskassan website and log in to 'My Pages' or 'Mina Sidor'. From there, you can follow the instructions to apply for the money, and you will need to upload a doctor's certificate proving that you belong to one of the risk groups for the coronavirus according to the Swedish government.


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New Covid-19 wave in Sweden ‘to peak at end of September’

Sweden's Public Health Agency has warned of a new autumn wave of Covid-19 which it expects to peak at the end of September.

New Covid-19 wave in Sweden 'to peak at end of September'

According to both of the two new scenarios published by the agency on Monday, infection rates are set to rise steadily over the next month, something the agency said was due to a falling immunity in the population and greater contact between people as they return to schools and workplaces after the summer. 

“It is difficult to say how high the peak will be, but it is unlikely that it will reach the same levels as in January and February,” the agency’s unit chief Sara Byfors said in a press release. “The most important thing is that people in risk groups and those who are 65 years old and above get vaccinated with a booster dose in the autumn to reduce the risk of serious illness and death.” 

Under Scenario 0, the amount of contact between people stays at current levels, leading to a peak in reported Covid-19 cases at around 5,000 a day. In Scenario 1, contact between people increases by about 10 percent from the middle of August, leading to a higher peak of about 7,000 reported cases a day. 

The agency said that employers should be prepared for many staff to be off sick simultaneously at points over the next month, but said in its release that it did not judge the situation to be sufficiently serious to require either it or the government to impose additional infection control measures. 

It was important, however, it said, that those managing health and elderly care continued to test those with symptoms and to track the chain of infections, that people go and get the booster doses when they are supposed to have under the vaccination programme, and that those who have symptoms of Covid-19 stay home.