COVID-19 In Iceland: Janssen Vaccine contract Signed, Moderna Deal In Sight Skip to content
Secretary of the MInistry of Health Ásta Valdimarsdóttir and lawyer Áslaug Einarsdóttir
Photo: Ministry of Health. Secretary of the MInistry of Health Ásta Valdimarsdóttir and lawyer Áslaug Einarsdóttir .

COVID-19 In Iceland: Janssen Vaccine contract Signed, Moderna Deal In Sight

Iceland has signed a deal securing vaccine from pharmaceutical producer Janssen for Icelanders. This is Icelandic authorities’ third deal on vaccine acquisition and will secure vaccine for 235,000 people. Before, Iceland had signed contracts with Pfizer for 85,000 people and AstraZeneca for 115,000 people. Iceland’s participation in European cooperation on vaccine acquisition secures Iceland proportionally the same amount of the vaccine as all other participating nations.

The Ministry of Health is working on the final draft of a deal with vaccine producer Moderna and expects that the deal will be signed December 31.

According to the government’s vaccine projections, distribution of the Janssen vaccine is expected to start in the third quarter of 2021, while the Moderna vaccine will be discussed by the European Medicines Agency in early January and distribution is expected to start in the first quarter of 2021.

The first shipment of 10,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive shortly after Christmas and vaccinations are scheduled to begin December 29. The first priority groups will be frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents. Assistant to the Director of Health Kjartan Hreinn Njálsson told Fréttablaðið that it is likely that the first person vaccinated in Iceland will be a staff member at the National Hospital but the plan is yet to be finalized.

People won’t have to book a time for vaccination but will be called in through the online national healthcare system heilsuvera.is and receive a text message informing them of the scheduled vaccination. Afterwards, a vaccination certificate will be available through heilsuvera.is.

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