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Icelandic Residents Without a Kennitala Offered COVID-19 Vaccination

By Yelena

bólusetning mass vaccination Laugardalshöll
Photo: Golli. Mass vaccination against COVID-19 at Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík.

Residents of Iceland who do not have a kennitala (national ID number) but have a system ID have been invited to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Employers who have temporary residents among their staff are asked to compile a list of applicable staff to facilitate the invitation process. Icelandic authorities have stated they expect to offer all residents aged 16 and older their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by June 25, 2021.

Foreign residents without a kennitala living in the Reykjavík capital area can register for vaccination by emailing [email protected]. Those living in other regions are asked to contact their local health clinic. Residents are asked to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Birthdate and year
  • Gender
  • Country of origin
  • Postcode (in order to receive an invitation to the correct health clinic)
  • Email address

The Directorate of Health has specified that tourists are not eligible for vaccination through this initiative.

Companies that employ foreign workers with a service ID number (kerfiskennitala) are asked to provide health authorities with an excel document containing the following information:

  • Service ID number
  • Name
  • Icelandic mobile phone number (to receive the vaccination invitation)
  • Postcode (in order to receive an invitation to the correct health clinic)

The list is to be sent to the business’ local health clinic (employers are asked to contact the clinic for the correct email address). Businesses with employees in more than one postcode are asked to contact the COVID vaccination project manager via the Chief Epidemiologist’s Office or via [email protected].

Read More: All Foreign Residents to Have Access to Vaccine

Iceland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme began on December 29, 2020. While it got off to a slow start, efforts sped up as vaccine rollout accelerated. So far 62.59% of the population have received one or both doses of vaccine and 39.2% are fully vaccinated. Authorities have released a plan for lifting all social restrictions in stages by late June. Current restrictions, including one-metre social distancing and a 300-person limit on gatherings, are in place until June 29.

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