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COVID-19 in Iceland: 7% of Icelanders 16 Years and Older Unvaccinated

Roughly 100 people have been vaccinated per day in the Greater Reykjavík area since July 1, including approximately 500 pregnant women. 7% of Icelanders 16 years and older are yet to be vaccinated.

“The occasional few who dragged their feet”

After the conclusion of the mass-vaccination campaign at the Laugardalshöll sports arena on July 1, roughly 100 people have been vaccinated per day in healthcare centres in the Greater Reykjavík area. Speaking to this morning, Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir – Head of Nursing at the Capital Area Healthcare Centre (Heilsugæslan) – stated: “These are primarily Icelandic students arriving from abroad, including those occasional few who had, up to this point, dragged their feet.”

The vaccination of pregnant women began on July 29, with approximately 500 women having received jabs. “I think that’s a pretty good proportion, given that there are between 2,500 and 3,000 births in Icelander a year,” Ragnheiður remarked. “Teachers and school staff have been receiving booster shots since early August, and we hope to finish as soon as possible, considering that a new school year is about to begin.”

Booster shots for Janssen recipients to begin Monday

On Monday, healthcare workers will begin administering booster shots to those 53,290 individuals who received the Janssen vaccine and who have not been infected with COVID-19. These individuals can expect to receive an invitation today and will either be offered the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be vaccinated at the Laugardalshöll sports arena on August 24 and 25. Parents who accept jabs on their behalf will be asked to accompany their children and to provide informed consent. Approximately 35,000 vaccine doses will be required to fully vaccinate the entire age group. As noted by the Ministry of Health on August 10, given the supply of Pfizer vaccines and the delivery schedule over the coming weeks, fully vaccinating the entirety of the age group in September should be possible.

According to, 86.3% of individuals 16 years and older have now been fully vaccinated, 6.6% have received one dose, and roughly 7% have not been vaccinated.

At least 130 new infections

130 new domestic COVID-19 infections were reported yesterday, 91 of those infected were not self-isolating. Thirty-two COVID-19 patients are currently in the hospital, including eight in emergency care. A total of 1,842 individuals are self-isolating and a further 920 are isolating awaiting results of PCR tests. 1,332 are in quarantine with an active infection.

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