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COVID-19 in Iceland: No Infections Spread in Prisons

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Photo: Golli. Sun shines on a bench in Hólmsheiði prison.

Vaccination efforts in Iceland’s prisons are going well, according to the Prison and Probation Administration. Prison staff have all had at least one shot of the vaccine and prisoner vaccinations are upcoming. Inmates in Litla-Hraun and Sogn prisons will receive their vaccination today but inmates in Hólmsheiði prison will receive their shot late next week. Litla-Hraun and Hólmsheiði are closed prisons but Sogn is an open facility. 

No infections have occurred in Iceland’s prison staff or inmates but one individual was infected when they were taken into custody. They received the necessary healthcare and the infection didn’t spread.

In a Facebook post announcing the progress of vaccinations, The Prison and Probation Administration thank their staff, medical workers, inmates, and Afstaða, an advocacy group for better prison policies and betterment, for their success in infection prevention measures.

In February, Iceland’s prisons were at full capacity again but during the pandemic, the prisons were compartmentalised to prevent the possible spread of infection. Visits and day leaves were also suspended temporarily.

Currently, a record 210 individuals are fulfilling their sentence with community service, but the opportunity for such work was severely hampered during the pandemic when such workplaces closed or limited their operations. According to the Prison and Probation Administration’s website, community service work mostly consists of cleaning or maintenance work for charity and other organisations.

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