On May 10, the Swedish Parliament decided on the Social Committee´s Report 2016/17: SoU7, which contained a number of measures for public health. What prompted a large proportion of the population to monitor this particular issue was that it contained several motions that would pave the way for both more vaccinations and compulsory vaccination. This was something that involved many, not just those who have said no to vaccines but also people who are vaccinated but who absolutely do not want to see any compulsion.
NHF Sweden sent a letter to the Social Committee, declaring that it would violate the constitutional laws if compulsory vaccination, or mandatory vaccination as stated in Arkelsten’s motion would be applied. Many others also sent in letters and many have called the Social Committee and parliamentarians. The parlamentarians have certainly noticed that there is a massive resistance to all forms of coercion when regarding vaccination.
The Social Committee prepared the questions on March 23 and announced its proposal on April 28, and the committee’s proposal was that the parliament should reject the vaccine motions. Here you can access the Social Committee report: Report 2016/17: SoU7 (pdf, 812 kB)
- Mandatory childhood vaccination program in motion 2015/16: 430 by Sofia Arkelsten (M), it is requested that the general vaccination program should be compulsory. A similar announcement is requested in motion 2016/17: 304 by Jesper Skalberg Karlsson (M).
- In motion 2015/16:563 by Hillevi Larsson (S), it is requested to consider, in the future, offering all children in Sweden the same vaccination protection.
- In committee motion 2015/16: 958 by Karin Rågsjö and others. (V) in claim 3, it is requested that the government should provide an appropriate authority to design an information campaign on the benefits and necessity of the childhood vaccination program. In claim 4, it is requested that the government should investigate how the childhood vaccination program can be secured across the country.
- In motion 2016/17: 320 by Ann-Britt Åsebol (M), it is requested to review the possibility of introducing influenza vaccination against influenza and pneumococcal infection as a national special vaccination program for all over 65 years.
- In committee motion 2016/17: 3222 by Cecilia Widegren and others. (M) claim 23, it is requested on the importance of continuously evaluating and reviewing vaccination programs.
- In motion 2015/16:472 av Åsa Westlund and others. (S) it is requested to aim for allowing more people to vaccinate against TBE.
- In motion 2015/16:1459 by Erik Bengtzboe (M), it is requested to review the possibility of offering HPV vaccine even to young men under the same conditions as young women in the context of high-cost protection. Similar announcements are requested in motion 2015/16: 1499 by Désirée Pethrus (KD), motion2016/17: 319 by Annicka Engblom (M), motion 2016/17: 645 by Birgitta Ohlsson and Maria Weimer (both L), motion 2016 / 17: 2698 by Jonas Gunnarsson (S) and committee motion 2016/17: 3000 by Barbro Westerholm and others. (L) claim 11.
The Parliament´s decision voted for the Social Committee’s proposal. So The Parliament said no to all public health issues. Just like the committee, The Parliament states that the reason is primarily cause of the work going on in the areas covered by the motions.