Push to ban Covid passes proceeds to Parliament

A citizens' initiative opposing Covid passes has racked up more than the 50,000 signatures required to be taken up by lawmakers.

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An initiative opposing Covid passports has surpassed the 50,000 signatures required for Finnish lawmakers to consider the proposal.

Authors of the initiative argue that Finland should abandon Covid passes, claiming the practice of excluding people based on vaccination status contradicts both the Finnish constitution as well as the UN's human rights declaration. They also said workplace passports would present a serious threat to the right to work and income.

Last month an initiative to legally ban workplace Covid passport requirements gathered the required number of signatures within a week of launching.

In practice, "passport" in this context refers to the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which is available from the My Kanta online service, or in printed form from healthcare providers. The passport enables people to gain entry to various events. Obtaining one requires vaccination against Covid-19, a certificate of a recent negative test result, or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19.