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Iceland’s Prime Minister Vaccinated Today

By Yelena

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

Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir confirmed with Morgunblaðið that she will receive her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine today. Like all Icelandic residents who have been offered the jab, Katrín received her invitation through the automated SMS messaging system used by Icelandic health authorities. Almost 40% of the population of 368,000 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 15.1% are fully vaccinated.

Notable government officials, as well as some who have spearheaded Iceland’s largely successful efforts to contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus, have been showing up to get the jab in recent weeks. Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason and Director of Health Alma Möller were both vaccinated recently – both received a round of applause when they arrived at the mass vaccination centre in Reykjavík’s Laugardalshöll.

Iceland’s President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson showed up for his vaccination last week wearing a t-shirt featuring the famous “Viking clap” popularised by Iceland’s football team at the 2016 UEFA Euro Championships. The President tweeted his admiration for the staff involved, adding “We’re getting there. Hú!” Iceland’s Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir and Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson have both been called in along with their age groups for vaccination.

Icelandic authorities are currently vaccinating the seventh and eighth of ten priority groups. Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has stated that the remaining groups will be called in randomly (and not from oldest to youngest) in line with findings from a deCODE genetics study that the method would achieve herd immunity faster. Icelandic authorities have stated they are on track to vaccinate 75% of the population by the end of July.

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