Despite Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell previously voicing practical and ethical problems surrounding vaccine passports and emphasizing a belief in a voluntary approach, the Public Health Agency cited an increasing spread of infection in Europe as the reason behind the measure. Vaccination certificates will be introduced for public gatherings and public events in Sweden, based on a request from the Swedish Public Health Agency backed by the government. The Public Health Agency cited an increasing infection spread in Europe as the reason behind the measure. “We believe that we are also facing an increased spread of infection and that is what we must expect”, Director General Karin Tegmark Wisell said, as quoted by national broadcaster SVT. While the Public Health Agency’s request only applied to public gatherings and events with over 100 people indoors (such as theatres, concerts, and sporting events), Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren said that vaccination passports should be used at even smaller gatherings. “By introducing vaccination certificates now, we hope to be able to avoid more far-reaching restrictions”, Hallengren said.
The recently proposed measures are, in effect, a reversal of steps taken earlier this autumn, when Denmark became one of the first European nations to remove restrictions and demote COVID-19’s threat level. Since then, however, the nation has been rocked by record infection figures unseen since 2020, which the prime minister blamed on the unvaxxed.The Danish government has confirmed plans to reintroduce requirements that COVID-19 health passes be shown at bars, restaurants and public events.The health pass will be required at indoor events with over 200 spectators and outdoors events with over 2,000 spectators.Furthermore, the government supported once again upgrading COVID-19 to the status of “critical threat to society”, a step that allows restrictions, such as face mask mandates, assembly limits and lockdowns, to be introduced. This measure has been backed by the ruling Social Democrats’ sidekicks: the Red-Green Alliance, the Socialist People’s Party and the Social Liberal Party.
Denmark currently has a Covid-19 vaccination rate of just over 75 percent.The health pass documents a recent negative COVID-19 test or immunity against the virus due to vaccination or recent recovery from infection. The validity period for earlier infections will thus be reduced from one year to merely six months. Furthermore, the pass will be required from those over the age of 15, a change from the previous minimum age of 16.The proposed measures are, in effect, a reversal of the steps made in September, when Denmark became one of the first European nations to wind down restrictions and demote COVID-19’s threat level.
By Igor Kuznetsov
While the Norwegian health authorities said they cannot rule out a connection between vaccination and symptoms that range from lost periods to heavier bleeding (including after menopause), the general advice for all adults aged 18 and over to get their COVID-19 shot remains in place.The Norwegian Medicines Agency has so far processed 1,264 reports of menstrual disorders after COVID-19 vaccination.Some of the women lost their periods completely, others experienced bleeding after menopause, whereas many women suffered from more pain and heavier bleeding, TV2 has reported.Doctor Lill Trogstad of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said that the connection between the menstrual disorders and vaccines cannot be ruled out.
“The women who reported these are not the ones who bled one extra day. Some had to receive treatment to stop the bleeding, and others have been bleeding for weeks”, Trogstad said. “We take these reports seriously and go to great lengths to study any connections”, she added.The reported side effects were said to be related to all three vaccines used in the Norwegian vaccination programme (Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca). According to the Medicines Agency, it is currently impossible to say whether any of these stands out.
“We must not downplay this. There are significant ailments, but menstrual disorders are a common phenomenon. Therefore, it is difficult to come to a definite conclusion. We don’t rule out that there may be a connection between the vaccines and menstrual disorders”, Norwegian Medicines Agency chief physician Sigurd Hortemo told the newspaper Nettavisen.Both the Norwegian Medicines Agency and the FHI ventured that there are far more women who have experienced menstrual disorders after the vaccine than those who have come forward.