Sweden is an interesting place; while ultramodern and hip on the one hand, the Scandinavian country’s population can also have a considerably conservative and traditional slant on the other. During COVID-19, the nation’s population went about its response differently. About 74% of the population has been vaccinated but there was also a tendency to consider natural immunity alongside vaccine hesitancy, especially as the pandemic went on and it became apparent that the vaccines don’t necessarily stop SARS-CoV-2 viral transmission. But while a growing contingent of Swedes embrace natural immunity and healthy living as a means of fighting viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, a small but influential movement gladly volunteer to have a vaccine chip actually implanted in their hands.
According to multiple media, including France 24, by December 2021, the Nordic nation drafted new rules that individuals must exhibit a vaccine passport at all events with over 100 persons in attendance. With a tech-savvy, hip, and entrepreneurial population, some crafty individuals started companies to develop implantable chips in response to the need for vaccine passports. One such venture was Biohax, while another group using an implantable chip is the Epicenter digital innovation business center in Stockholm—a coworking space.
Thus far, about 6,000 people in Sweden have had a chip inserted in their hands—literally. And Epicenter, that coworking space in Stockholm, has made the chip available to its workers and to member organizations. This place can be considered perhaps the pioneers of the fledging transhumanism movement?
According to Amanda Back, an Epicenter member who had the vaccine passport chip implanted in her hand, “I think it’s very much part of my own integrity to have myself chipped and keep my personal data here with me; I actually feel that it’s even more control in my hands having it in my own hand.”
The electronic tags are the size of a grain of rice. The procedure of implanting them in the hand is done via a simple injection.
Hannes Sjöblad, Chief Disruption Officer for Epicenter, declared, “So I have another implant in my arm, and I have pre programmed the chip so that I have my COVID passport on the chip.” He continued, “And the reason is that I always wanted to have it accessible and when I read my chip, I just swipe my phone
He can swipe the chip with the phone to unlock the app which serves the proprietary health data, including a PDF which is my COVID vaccine passport. And this means that it’s always accessible for me or for anyone else that really wants to read me.” Giving examples, Hannes shared, “For example if I go to the movies or to a shopping center then people will be able to check my status even if I don’t have my phone.”
These chip implants cost approximately 100 Euros and apparently a range of options are available, some more fully featured. For example, Sjöblad compares the chip implant that can last “20 30 40 years” versus a health wearable “you can only use for three or four years.”
“Why carry a vaccine passport when it can be a swiped implanted chip?” or so goes the logic. But critics have emerged in response to the Swedish implantable vaccine chip trend. What if these chips are commandeered or usurped to exploit private personal health information, possibly selling such data to brokers?
But Sjöblad argues that these chips are battery-less and cannot transmit a signal alone. Essentially “passive,” they persist in sleep mode. They can never tell your location, they’re only activated when you touch them with your smartphone.” According to this proponent, they cannot be used for tracking purposes.
Essentially a voluntary movement, thus far the early adopters are more curious than anything else. Moreover, Epicenter claims the procedure is completely reversible.
So, what’s to be worried about?