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Finland’s Minister of Justice: COVID-19 Passports’ Use Not Justified Under Current Situation

Finnish Justice Minister Anna Maja Henrikson said that the use of the COVID-19 passport in the current epidemic situation is not justified.

The minister stressed that the certification is expected as a mechanism to stop the further spread of the coronavirus during the previous phases of the pandemic, given the fact that vaccinated people were more susceptible to contracting the virus, reports.

According to Henrikson, with the spread of the Omicron variant, it “appears” that vaccines against the virus do not prevent infection but rather prevent more severe forms of the disease.

The minister stressed that all restrictions on people’s rights should be proportionate and necessary, as reported by the Helsinki Times.

The coronavirus passport limits the basic rights of people who have not been vaccinated, have a negative test result or have fallen ill. In this regard, the Minister indicated that the Coronavirus passport or the vaccination passport is not suitable for use in these circumstances because its necessity and proportionality are difficult to justify at the present time.

European countries continue to report high rates of COVID-19 infection, especially the Omicron variant.

Data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control on Jan. 20 showed that with the exception of some regions in Poland and Romania, all EU and Schengen countries have reported more than 500 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in the last two years. weeks, so it is placed on the dark red category.

Due to the current epidemiological situation, citizens of European countries are urged to avoid travel for non-essential purposes.

Authorities in European Union countries are trying to find effective ways to stop the virus from spreading further.

Recently, EU leaders unveiled a new plan aimed at making the travel process easier. According to the proposal that became effective today, February 1, member states should focus more on the individual health risks of the traveler rather than the epidemiological situation in their country of origin.

In addition, the EU Commission has also adopted new rules regarding the EU vaccination certificate, making these certificates valid for only nine months. Such a decision has become effective today.

However, like Minister Henriksson, Finland’s Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has announced that it does not support using the passport in its current form or converting it into a vaccination passport by making it ineligible for people who have tested positive for the virus.

According to a statement published by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, although this diversion can be justified from a medical perspective, the permissibility of vaccination may bring with it other difficulties.

“THL does not consider it a good option from a public health perspective because it would completely exclude non-vaccinated people from services and could have a significant and lasting impact on vaccination readiness in Finland. “This would be a serious negative impact with significant long-term repercussions,” the statement said.

Finland has recorded a total of 489,870 cases of COVID-19 and 1,990 deaths since the start of the pandemic, based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Nordic country has also been greatly affected by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The country’s authorities are trying to find new ways to keep the current epidemiological situation under control.

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