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Monday's papers: Vaccination certs for kids, outrage after anti-gay politician appears on TV show and dead bunnies

Papers on Monday ponder tweens' vaccine certificates, TV controversy and a mysterious rabbit plague.

The so-called "city bunnies" are descendants of former pets that were let loose—or escaped from their owners—in the 1980s and 90s. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP
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Schools will be off for autumn break next month, but many parents planning holiday trips are finding that their tweens' Covid certificates are not visible in Finland's service, according to tabloid Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

Kela told IS that this was due to guardians generally not being able to access the health records of children over the age of ten.

The institute noted that tweaks are being made to the system throughout Finland to allow parents to access the records of kids over ten, but these adjustments hinge on the integration of local patient records systems with omakanta.

Räsänen on entertainment show

The inclusion of former interior minister Päivi Räsänen (CD) on The Masked Singer, a reality singing competition show, is drawing criticism, reports Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun). Räsänen, a Christian Democrat, has made numerous negative statements about homosexuals, and this spring she was accused of three counts of incitement against a minority group.

Commercial broadcaster MTV3 defended its decision to include Räsänen on the show, saying producers booked participants earlier in the year, before the prosecutor filed charges against Räsänen. The broadcaster also said it did not want to discriminate against anyone.

"I can't help but comment on the matter. From a personal standpoint, the situation is very strange, laughing and applauding a person who has spent decades fighting against rights for people like me," Christoffer Strandberg, one of the show's hosts, said on social media over the weekend.

Dying bunnies

A virus is decimating Helsinki's feral rabbit population, which has plagued areas of the city for more than two decades to greater and lesser degrees.

Dead bunnies have turned up around the capital over the past week. Korkeasaari Zoo vet Anna Mykkänen told Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that she suspected the rabbits had either contracted myxoma virus or rabbit plague.

The city urges residents to call its animal rescue number to aid animals in distress. Dead animals can be disposed of in a plastic bag with mixed waste, according to Mykkänen.

The so-called "city bunnies" are descendants of former pets that were let loose— or escaped from their owners—in the 1980s and 90s. In 2009, the city eventually decided to cull the animals, as they had become a growing nuisance in the capital.

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