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Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason
Photo: Golli. Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason.

First Vaccine Doses Scheduled To Arrive In Iceland Around New Year

Icelandic healthcare authorities have signed a contract with Pfizer to purchase 170,000 doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, enough to vaccinate 85,000 people. It is assumed that the European Medicines Agency will give the Pfizer vaccine the green light December 29 at the latest. According to a release from the Ministry of Health, the first doses are scheduled to arrive around New Year, all in all just over 21,000 doses, enough to vaccinate 10,600 people.

The government has signed vaccine contracts with two vaccine producers, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and the third is in the works. Altogether, the government will secure vaccines for over 280,000 people. Authorities have earlier stated that up to 250,000 people will have to be vaccinated in Iceland to reach herd immunity and that they plan to complete their vaccination goal in the first quarter of 2021.

Iceland’s healthcare authorities will likely use more than one type of vaccine. They might suit different groups in different ways, which can affect prioritisation. The Chief Epidemiologist is responsible for organising and coordinating vaccination efforts, including decisions on which groups should receive which vaccines. He has the prerogative to grant exemptions from the prioritisation regulations if necessary. The Chief Epidemiologist plans to publish a vaccination strategy next week, which will include vaccination prioritisation, vaccination locations depending on the number of doses arriving at a time, and registration. Covid.is already has some information on vaccinations, and once planning is complete, the vaccination efforts will be introduced there.

 

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