Covid pass may be ready for everyone vaccinated in Sweden ‘later in autumn’

Thousands living in Sweden without a Swedish identity number are still unable to access their Covid pass despite being double vaccinated, but a health ministry spokesperson has told The Local that they hope to solve this issue by the end of autumn.

A syringe is filled with Covid-19 vaccine
Vaccinated individuals without a personnummer may soon be able to access their Covid pass. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

As The Local has previously reported, the Swedish Covid pass system is anything but straightforward if you don’t have a personnummer.

This is partly due to the fact that the current system for registering vaccines must be redesigned to be able to link vaccines to individuals lacking this number (whose vaccines were instead registered to a “reserve number”), a process which requires collaboration across multiple different authorities and a mandate from the government to be issued to the e-Health Agency, which is responsible for Covid passes.

The Local contacted the health ministry for comment on this issue, and when affected individuals will finally be able to access their Covid pass.

A spokesperson confirmed that these people have the right to receive a Covid pass. They added that the reason people with a reserve number have had to wait longer than those with a personnummer is due in part to redesigning this separate system for registering data, and “ensuring that this is done in a way which is as secure as for people with personal or coordination numbers”.

When asked when this system would be ready, the spokesperson said that the ministry is “in dialogue with the e-Health Agency with regard to finding a solution” and that “the goal is to be able to issue Covid passes to these people later on in autumn”.

A previous issue with issuing Covid passes to individuals who had their vaccines registered under a so-called coordination number (samordningsnummer) has already been resolved – those affected can apply via this form.

Those who had their vaccines registered under a reservnummer despite having a samordningsnummer should also be able to use the above form – The Swedish Public Health Agency has advised that all incorrectly-registered vaccines should be reregistered under a samordningsnummer if the person in question has one, but you may need to contact your region directly if this has not happened in your case.

There is currently no information on when it will be possible for Swedish residents who got both their vaccine doses abroad to access the Covid pass.

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