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Tell us: Have you booked a Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?

With more and more regions starting the fourth and final phase of vaccinations – and at the same time, several of The Local's readers reporting difficulties with the booking process – we want to hear from you.

Tell us: Have you booked a Covid-19 vaccine in Sweden?
Covid-19 vaccinations underway in Örnsköldsvik. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/TT

We are also interested to hear from you if you chose to travel to your home country or elsewhere overseas in order to get the vaccine.

Please tell us how you found both the booking process and the actual vaccination if you’ve had it, and whether it was simple to get information in languages other than Swedish. We will use the responses both as part of an article, and to inform our future reporting.

As always in our surveys, we will not publish your name without your permission. 

The Local exists to help Sweden’s foreign residents navigate life here, and to raise your voices. 

During the pandemic, we have made an extra effort to raise your voices on The Local, for example by asking for your opinions on the Swedish response to the pandemic (we did this three times in 2020 in April, in June, and in December)

We have also written about specific situations and challenges facing groups of readers, including people belonging to risk groups, those who moved to Sweden during the pandemic, the international student experience, how your workplaces responded, long-distance relationships, and challenges facing new parents. You can read the latest news about the outbreak in our paywall-free blog.

If you’ve got a question about Covid-19 or life in Sweden, or a story that you would like to share, you are always welcome to email [email protected]. We can’t answer every email we receive, but we do read them all and will do our best to help if we can.

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COVID-19

Did Sweden’s state epidemiologist really get a big job at the WHO?

For his supporters, it was well-deserved, for his detractors a case of failing upwards. But when Sweden's Public Health Agency announced this month that state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell was taking a job at the World Health Organisation, both sides assumed it was true.

Did Sweden's state epidemiologist really get a big job at the WHO?

Now, it seems, the job might not be there after all. 

At the start of this month, Sweden’s Public Health Agency announced that Anders Tegnell was resigning to take up a post coordinating vaccine work with the World Health Organisation in Geneva. 

“I’ve worked with vaccines for 30 years and have at the same time always been inspired by international issues,” Tegnell said in the release. “Now I will have the chance to contribute to this comprehensive international work.”

During the first and second waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tegnell shot immediately from obscurity into the spotlight, gaining such celebrity status in Sweden that one fan had his profile tattooed onto his arm.

Internationally he was hailed by lockdown sceptics for his reasoned arguments against overly restrictive measures to control the spread of the virus. 

His new WHO appointment was reported all over the world. 

But on Tuesday, the Svenska Daglabdet newspaper revealed that the job had not yet been awarded. A spokesperson for the WHO said at a press conference in Geneva that “there is some confusion”, and that “this is an internal question.” 

According to the newspaper, there is even “a certain level of irritation” behind the scenes at the WHO that Sweden acted too soon and dispatched Tegnell to a job that did not actually exist yet. 

“We have received an offer from Sweden, which is still under discussion,” the organisation’s press spokesperson, Fadela Chaib, told the newspaper. 

On Thursday, the Public Health Agency’s press chief Christer Janson conceded that there had been a mistake and that the negotiation had not been completed.  

“We believed it was done, but it wasn’t,” he told Expressen in an interview. “It’s been a much longer process to get this completed than we thought. There’s been a misunderstanding and we regret that.” 

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