About the Government’s COVID-19 measures, 10 December
Read more about the Government’s COVID-19 measures in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ policy areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance. The date in the title indicates when the article was written.
Bill on the extension of the COVID-19 Act and the Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink adopted
The Government proposes that the COVID-19 Act and the Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink should remain in force until 31 May 2021 in order to ensure continued good preparedness in dealing with the corona pandemic.
Government action plan for the introduction of communicable disease control measures
The Government is continuing to monitor the evolution of COVID-19 transmission in order to urgently implement further communicable disease control measures. The overarching objective of the Government's response to the pandemic is to limit the spread of infection in order to protect human life and health and ensure healthcare capacity, while not restricting fundamental rights and freedoms more than necessary. The strategy is based on the premise that the measures taken should be based on knowledge and proven experience, and that the right measures should be taken at the right time.
Vaccination work is being scaled up again
The Government is allocating SEK 100 million to the regions to support their rapid expansion of vaccination work, both in administering a third dose and in vaccinating as many people as possible. The Public Health Agency of Sweden now recommends that everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 receive a third dose no earlier than six months after receiving their second dose. For people over age 65, a third dose is recommended no earlier than five months after receiving dose two.
The Government has decided that from 1 December 2021 it shall be possible to use vaccination certificates as a communicable disease control measure at public gatherings and public events.
The Government has also circulated a proposal to allow the use of vaccination certificates in other activities where the risk of crowding is high. The proposal would allow venues serving food and drink, places for recreational or cultural activities, commercial centres, and places of private gatherings to use vaccination certificates, either alone or in combination with other communicable disease control measures.
The aim is to limit the spread of infection, particularly among unvaccinated persons, by preventing unvaccinated persons from congregating in large groups, while allowing businesses to continue to receive visitors.
Financial support to control the spread of infection
Several financial measures will be reintroduced to make it easier for people to stay at home when ill. Most of the measures are proposed to take effect from 8 December. All of them are proposed to remain in force until 31 March.
- The requirement for a medical certificate to receive disease carrier allowance will be removed (The Government will announce the effective date at a later time.)
- The allowance for at-risk groups and certain relatives of at-risk groups will be reintroduced, and temporary parental benefit for certain recently seriously ill children will be extended.
- The possibility for parents to receive temporary parental benefit in case of e.g. school or preschool closures will be extended.
Reimbursement of the qualifying period deduction will be reintroduced for employees and self-employed individuals.
- The State will reimburse employers for higher-than-normal sick pay costs (retroactive from 1 December).
The measures will be included in an extraordinary amending budget that the Government intends to submit to the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) after the end of the year.
Sweden joins EU-wide vaccine agreement with Valneva
The Government has decided that Sweden will participate in the EU-wide advance agreement that the European Commission intends to conclude with the pharmaceutical company Valneva.
The agreement is the eighth that the European Commission has approved with a pharmaceutical company for the purpose of purchasing vaccines against COVID-19. The agreement is in line with Sweden's strategy of having a broad portfolio of vaccines against COVID-19. The aim of purchasing more vaccines is to spread the risks and to take account of different scenarios regarding the pandemic's developments.
The Public Health Agency will contribute to the availability of testing and analytical capacity for COVID-19 in 2022
The Government has mandated the Public Health Agency to contribute to the availability of testing and analysis capacity for COVID-19 in 2022. The mandate includes monitoring the need for testing and analysis capacity, and procuring and providing some testing and analysis capacity to complement the regions' own capacity.
More vaccinated groups to be able to receive COVID certificate
The Swedish eHealth Agency has been tasked with developing a manual procedure for issuing COVID certificates, mainly to people without a personal identity or coordination number or Swedes who have been vaccinated in a third country but have moved back to Sweden.
To date, more than five million COVID certificates have been issued and the Swedish system works very well for the vast majority. However, there are small groups who have not yet been able to obtain a COVID certificate even though they are fully vaccinated. These are mostly people without a personal identity or coordination number or those who have been vaccinated outside the EU and have moved back to Sweden.