Sweden’s social affairs minister dodges questions about his vaccination status

The criticized covid vaccinations

Published 18 November 2023
- By Editorial Staff
Social affairs minister Jakob Forssmed is asked about his vaccination status by a journalist.

A tense atmosphere arose during a press conference at the Government Offices with Social Minister Jakob Forssmed when he was asked about his vaccination status.

It was during Wednesday’s press conference at the government offices, where social minister Jakob Forssmed received the investigation into Sweden’s covid-19 vaccination strategy, that things got tense when the country’s responsible minister faced critical questions about the covid vaccines from the press corps.

What do you think when many people say they get sick even though they have been vaccinated two, three, and four times? Do they have reason to be disappointed in the vaccines?

 We have reason to be very happy and grateful that we have vaccines. Effective vaccines are one of the most wonderful things we have in health care, I would say.

The journalist then asked a follow-up question about the minister’s own vaccination status.

How many vaccinations have you yourself had?

 Uh … I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Can you count them on one hand?

Yes, I can, and I probably should, given my age and the recommendations I have been given.

The question of how many shots were fired by Forssmed himself remained unanswered. The minister was there to discuss investigator Anders W. Jonsson’s report on the implementation of the vaccination.

Forssmed himself mainly talked about the importance of the report’s conclusions and emphasized the need for “continued efforts” to “combat covid-19” in Sweden.

He also added that the government was looking at ways to change the parental code, among other things, so that more children could be vaccinated more easily and quickly “the next time” Sweden is hit by a “pandemic”.

 

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