Everyone who gets any vaccine in Sweden is already entitled to proof of vaccination, but what’s new is that the Covid-19 vaccine pass is being made digital.
In future, it will also be able to show if you have recently been infected and recovered from Covid-19, or tested negative for the disease, but to begin with it will only show whether you have been vaccinated and with how many doses.
The first step to getting the pass is, of course, to get your vaccine when your group becomes eligible. Read more about how and when to do that in your region in the guide below:
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Within seven days of the jab, 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 have one. If you don’t, it is not clear exactly when you will be able to use the vaccine pass – authorities say the “first version” will only work with a digital ID, but that “work is also underway to ensure that a vaccination certificate can be obtained without an e-ID”, although it is not currently clear what you will need to do.
Once you have logged in on the website, you will get your digital proof of vaccination, which you can print out, send to your mobile phone or computer, and get sent to your digital mailbox if you have one (the website has English-language instructions on creating one if you need help).
That’s all you need to do to get your vaccine pass, which will show your name, date of birth, which Covid-19 vaccine you got and on which date(s). The next step is to confirm which rules apply for travel to your planned destination.
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 were vaccinated abroad, Sweden’s eHealth Agency says the vaccine pass will only be available to people vaccinated in Sweden. It advises “If you have been vaccinated or tested in a different EU country, you should investigate how you can obtain a certificate from that country”. There is no information on what people who were vaccinated in a non-EU country should do (the Covid-19 vaccine pass is an EU initiative) although The Local has asked the agency for more information and has been told the issue is being looked into. You can also check with your destination country about which documents they will accept as proof of vaccination.
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. It is possible that in future, the pass may also be used to facilitate other activities, for example admission to cultural events or venues, and the Swedish government is expected to give an update on whether it plans to do this by mid-June.
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