Some Swedes are reportedly voluntarily embedding their vaccine passport information in microchips that have been inserted under their skin.
This comes amid the enactment of new rules in Sweden requiring people “to show proof of double-vaccination status” when attending large events.
“From Wednesday, a valid Covid-19 vaccine pass will be required at indoor public events and public gatherings of over 100 people that don’t have any other infection control measures in place, such as social distancing or a limit on the maximum number of people allowed per group,” according to The Local.
Swedes who’ve been vaccinated can easily obtain their pass by logging into a government website with the required identification information and then downplaying the pass onto their phone.
Another option is to download the pass onto a chip and then have that chip embedded under their skin. It may sound strange to Americans, but the Swedes have a love affair with microchips going back several years.
“In Sweden, a country rich with technological advancement, thousands have had microchips inserted into their hands,” NPR reported in 2018. “The chips are designed to speed up users’ daily routines and make their lives more convenient — accessing their homes, offices and gyms is as easy as swiping their hands against digital readers. They also can be used to store emergency contact details, social media profiles or e-tickets for events and rail journeys within Sweden.”
Below is a recent Swedish-language video from the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet showing how this works:
Sweden: Get your vaccine passports in a chip in your hand or elsewhere under the skin.
It is increasingly popular to insert an #IoB chip into the body with different types of data and now you can insert your covid certificates in the chip.https://t.co/woSzB6zeRC pic.twitter.com/6QWEYlgRlz
— ‘Sikh For Truth’. (@SikhForTruth) November 29, 2021
While this is apparently considered perfectly normal in Sweden, it’s viewed with great suspicion and — in some cases — outright horror here in the U.S.
The response to the video from Aftonbladet, for instance, has been one of terror, with some going so far as to cite biblical prophecy.
Sick, very sick. I wonder though if this is really something the Swedish population at large would accept. I was there a couple months ago. Didn’t see anyone swiping anything with their hand like this. Seems like it’s the usual tech nerds.
— wd (@wd34524203) November 29, 2021
That is what they want to do all along and then include your bank account details as well. They want to know your every move and can dictate their tryanne laws. I say NO to that
— Jacques Bouvy (@JacquesBouvy54) November 30, 2021
And people said Bible prophecies were a load of rubbish.
“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark”
You think this isn’t coming soon?
— Ben (@Eniodib) November 30, 2021
Sounds an awful lot like the mark of the beast… Revelation 13:16-17
— 🎙️ Fists & .45s! 🎙️ (@fistsand45s) November 30, 2021
And welcome to 1984.
Bye bye freedom.
— Jaennee (@Jaja56610058) November 30, 2021
However, others, including some Swedes, have pushed back on the critics’ concerns, claiming that it’s no big deal.
There are literally a handful of people in the whole country who have done this. It’s a complete non-story that 99.9% of the country don’t even think about.
— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) December 1, 2021
Swede here. You’re misleading everyone here. The vaccine proof that they mention here is an additional piece of information that they added because they could. The main purpose for the chips discussed here is to have keys, codes, personal information and sensors installed.
— 🅱️enji (@NotJustMordecai) November 30, 2021
They added the feature to people who already had implants (for work, security et.c). About 4000 people in Sweden has this implant, no one cares about this otherwise.
The passport is for venues with 100 people or over, otherwise no masks, lock downs et.c.
— RonPaulSwede🇸🇪🇺🇸🇭🇰🇹🇼 (@RonPaulSwede) November 30, 2021
I think this is not as scary as it sounds.
If it becomes mandated or even encouraged by government I will immediately change my opinion.
Biohackers have been implanting RFID and NFC subdermal implants for years.
— Andrew S – Face! 🚀 (@Faceplants00) November 30, 2021
They do have a valid point about microchipping not being mandatory. However, critics also have a valid point in their concern about microchipping one day becoming mandatory just like vaccines and booster shots have in some countries.
Concerns about mandatory microchipping are so severe in the U.S. that some states have instituted bans on it.
This past summer, Indiana became the 11th state to issue such a ban by approving a law “to prohibit employers from requiring job seekers or employees to have devices such as microchips or radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags implanted into their bodies as a condition of employment,” as reported by the Society for Human Resource Management.
“Can it track your location? Can it track what kind of motion you make to monitor productivity? What about collecting medical information in violation of the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act]? What about when someone leaves? Who does the device belong to? How would an extraction procedure be enforced?” Indiana attorney Craig Wiley said to SHRM, listing some of the privacy concerns that have arisen.
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