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Female Capital Area Residents Born in 1982 and Males Born in 1999 Invited for Randomised Vaccinations

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Photo: Screenshot from Vísir. Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir with the Capital Area Healthcare Clinics pulling notes from a pot to decide which groups will be called in for randomised vaccinations.

Women born in 1982 and men born in 1999 in the capital area will be called in for randomised vaccinations today for the remaining 2500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccination progress is going according to plan although vaccine shipment schedules for the coming weeks are uncertain.

Men born in 1999 and women born in 1982 living in the capital area were called in for last-minute vaccination appointments today in Laugardalshöll stadium, marking the beginning of randomised vaccinations for the general public not belonging to any priority groups. The randomisation process was performed simply by pulling notes from a pot in the country’s first vaccination appointment lottery today.

Around 2500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were remaining once everyone called in for their second Pfizer shot had gotten one, Vísir reports. The pool included birth years from 1976 to 2005 on pink and blue notes indicating gender, meaning there were 60 demographic groups to choose from. Director of Nursing with the capital area health clinics Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir pulled two notes from the pot and shortly after that, text messages inviting people to be vaccinated were sent out.

Vaccinations are progressing roughly according to schedule although shipment schedules for the next few weeks are not yet clear. This week will see more than 20,000 people receive their first or second shot with the number of Icelanders having received at least one shot of the vaccine to go over 200,000.

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason told RÚV that by mid-June, relaxed border restrictions could be expected but kept mum on when to expect domestic restrictions to relax further. The current restrictions are in place until June 16 and at the moment, Þórólfur sees no reason to change that. He is optimistic that by the end of the month, all domestic social restrictions can be lifted as vaccinations progress, as per the government’s plan, barring ay unforeseen complications. “It’s been going well and I can’t think of any threats right now but of course something could always happen.”

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