Record Number of Icelanders to Be Vaccinated This Week

Waiting to be vaccinated.

Waiting to be vaccinated. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

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The plan is for a total of 25,000 people to be vaccinated in Iceland this week - the largest number of people since COVID-19 vaccinations began, Morgunblaðið reports. Most of them will be receiving the first of two shots. Next week, even more people are expected to be vaccinated.

The number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine arriving in Iceland increases every week. This week alone, about 28,000 doses from four vaccine makers are expected to arrive.  They will likely be used a week from now.

From Laugardalshöll.

From Laugardalshöll. Photo/Sigurður Unnar Ragnarsson

Last week, 14,000 doses arrived, in addition to 16,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine which were lent to Iceland by Norway. As a result, the amount of vaccine arriving directly from vaccine makers this week is twice what it was last week.

Most of last week’s shipments will be used this week to vaccinate people with underlying conditions.

Six thousand people have been contacted by the Capital Area Health Clinics and asked to show up at the Laugardalshöll sports center for vaccination tomorrow and another 9,000 on Wednesday. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be used on Tuesday and AstraZeneca’s on Wednesday. Vaccine from Janssen (a.k.a. Johnson & Johnson) will be used this week as well. The same proportion of people will be vaccinated outside the capita area as within it.

According to covid.is , a total of 32,609 Icelanders have been fully vaccinated, and another 48,112 have received their first of two shots.

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