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How to get your Covid-19 vaccine pass in Sweden

From July 1st, it is possible to get a vaccine pass in Sweden to facilitate travel within the EU.

How to get your Covid-19 vaccine pass in Sweden
Checks on the Swedish border. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is out of date. For a new article on the updated Swedish Covid-19 vaccine pass rules, published on December 1st 2021, CLICK HERE.

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:

Within seven days of the jab, your vaccination should have been reported to Sweden’s National Vaccination Register by healthcare staff.

From July 1st at 9am, you should be able to visit the website covidbevis.se and log in, using a digital ID like BankID if you have one. It is also possible to apply using a paper form, following instructions on the site.

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. That’s not as simple as it may seem. Individual EU countries set their own rule of entry, so while the vaccine pass allows border police or transport company employees to see your vaccine status, some countries are only allowing entry to people from two weeks after their first dose, while for others a first dose is sufficient.

But for individuals without a personnummer, the process is unfortunately unclear.

On July 1st, a press spokesperson for the agency told us by email: “We’re still working on how people with samordningsnummer and reservnummer can get their COVID certificates. As of now, you need a personal identity number (personnummer).”

The agency had previously told The Local that it would be possible to apply using a samordningsnummer (coordination number), but only using the paper form. 

For people 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 who received either both doses or their second vaccine dose in Sweden.

The agency’s website 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”.

A spokesperson for the Agency confirmed to The Local by email: “You cannot get a Swedish COVID certificate if you are vaccinated in another country. If you have been vaccinated in another EU country, you should find out how you can get a certificate from that country. However, if you are a Swedish citizen, with a personnummer, and have received your first dose in another country, with an EU approved vaccine, and then get your second dose in Sweden, your vaccination will be reported in Nationella vaccinationsregistret [the national vaccine register], and then you can get a Swedish COVID certificate.” The Local has contacted the agency for clarification on whether this also applies to people living in Sweden without Swedish citizenship. 

So if you received both doses of your Covid-19 vaccine outside the EU and need to travel within the EU, you should check with your destination country about which documents they will accept as proof of vaccination, or whether you will need to find another way to fulfil entry criteria, for example by taking a Covid-19 test before travel.

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, but the Swedish government has not confirmed whether or not it plans to do this.

Do you have questions about the vaccine pass, or about Covid-19 in Sweden? Please contact our editorial team at [email protected] and we will do our best to look into them. We can’t reply to every email, but we do read them all and they show us which areas to focus on in our reporting.

Member comments

  1. I was vaccinated in the US months ago and find it absolutely maddening that there is zero recourse for those of us living here on visas to upload our vaccination credentials to apply for this. Appalling response but so far, fitting for how they’ve played everything else related to the pandemic.

  2. Silly question: one needs to get the second jab in order to call it a full vaccination, right?

  3. The insular approach of the EU is appalling and to see Sweden rejecting the vaccination record of people who got jabbed fully two doses outside Sweden but living and working in Sweden is highly discriminatory. This pandemic has served to accentuate divisions between countries and the bureaucratic approach of Sweden only serves to make life difficult. Why am I surprised?

  4. any update on whether you can get the pass if you are not a Swedish citizen but a permit holder with a person number who gets the first dose abroad but second dose in Sweden? In the blog, it says only Swedish citizens can get a pass if they get the second dose in Sweden

  5. Am fully vaccinated since over three weeks but have big problems with getting my verification/”covidbevis” from E-hälsomyndigheten… Since I had to get a “reserve personnummer” to be vaccinated in Sweden (Where I work but do not live) I thought that would solve all issues… I was wrong… To get your digital “Covidbevis” you have to verify who you are with “Bank-Id”. My Bank-Id is connected to my original Swedish “personnummer” that I was not allowed to use for my vaccinations. My vaccinations are registered on the “reserv personnummer”… The “Vårdcentral” where I got my vaccinations are not, by law, allowed to register the vaccinations on my original “personnummer”. E-hälsomyndigheten writes that I can apply for a paper version of the “Covidbevis”, but they will only be able to send that to your “folkbokföringsadress”, which in my case won’t work since I live outside of Sweden…

  6. “On July 1st, a press spokesperson for the agency told us by email: “We’re still working on how people with samordningsnummer and reservnummer can get their COVID certificates. As of now, you need a personal identity number (personnummer).”

    The agency had previously told The Local that it would be possible to apply using a samordningsnummer (coordination number), but only using the paper form.”

    I received my second jab yesterday, July 29th, and was told by the nurse that she had no idea how I might apply for a COVID certificate as a person without a personnummer. It’s disappointing and frustrating to see that there’s no change in this status for almost a month.

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When should I get my next dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

Covid-19 has not been classified as a "critical threat to society" in Sweden since April. But the Swedish Public Health Agency still recommends that everyone aged 12 and above get vaccinated. So when should you get your next dose?

When should I get my next dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

As winter approaches, it’s a good time to check that you’re up to date on your booster shots.

If you’re aged 12 or older, the agency recommends that you should at least have completed your primary dose of the vaccine, which comprises two shots. Because vaccine efficacy wanes over time, if you are aged 18 and above, you should have already had your third dose.

The booster dose, called a påfyllnadsdos, can be administered a minimum of four months after the primary dose or the most recent booster. A booster shot is recommended even if you have tested positive for Covid-19 since your most recent vaccination, because the protection offered by a vaccine is more reliable than that offered by an infection.

The agency has also warned that the Omicron BA.5 variant spreads more easily than previous Covid-19 mutations.

Deliveries of two of the new vaccines targeting the new variant, Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.1 and Spikevax bivalent Original/Omicron BA.1, have arrived in Sweden but have not yet reached all health regions, meaning it is not certain that if you will currently receive the updated vaccine. 

A third vaccine, an adapted version of the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech), is expected to arrive in Sweden in October. 

READ ALSO: When will the new Covid-19 vaccines be available in Sweden?

The höstdosen, or “autumn vaccine”

On September 1, the agency issued new guidelines for a höstdosen, or autumn vaccine dose.

During the campaign, all adults aged 18 and over who belong to an at-risk group are recommended to get a booster dose, as are seniors aged 65 and above. 

Risk categories include people who are pregnant, have a weakened immune system, have heart and lung diseases, or have Down syndrome.

You can get the autumn booster regardless of how many vaccine doses you may have received, which means it might be a fourth shot for some people, and a fifth for others.

The autumn vaccine is also available for those aged 18-64 who do not fall into any of the at-risk categories but would like a fourth dose. The Swedish Public Health Agency has said that regional health providers must make booster doses available to those who want them.

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Folkhälsomyndigheten

Chart showing recommended vaccination schedules. Chart: Swedish Public Health Agency

How do I get an appointment for the autumn dose? 

Region Stockholm has been offering appointments for an autumn vaccination to everyone over 18 since September 12th. You can book a dose through the Alltid Öppet app

In Region Skåne, the region responsible for healthcare in Malmö and Lund, appointments for an autumn vaccine have been available since August 22nd. Appointments are available for vaccinations in Region Stockholm, as are drop-in times at locations listed on 1177.se.

In Region Västergötland, the region responsible for healthcare in Gothenburg, health centres, or vårdcentraler, are prioritising people aged 80 and older.

Those in other categories, including at-risk adults 18 and older and seniors over 65, are requested to make their vaccination appointments with other providers through 1177.se

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