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Vaccination Bus to Offer COVID-19 Jabs Across Reykjavík

By Yelena

The capital area healthcare service is planning to operate a mobile vaccination station that will offer COVID-19 inoculation to residents across Reykjavík, Fréttablaðið reports. Around 11% of Iceland’s residents who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination have yet to receive the jab.

“We’re still in the early stages but it might be that the car or bus would stop outside a work area or just in Smáralind or Kringlan shopping centres, and people could get the vaccine there,” Óskar Reykdalsson, director of capital area healthcare centres, explained.

Vaccinate to reduce spread and strain on hospital

Over 89% of Icelandic residents 12 years of age and over are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Icelandic health authorities have begun administering booster shots en masse and hope to offer them to all eligible demographics by the end of March. While vaccination has lowered rates of infection, transmission, and serious illness in Iceland, it has not led to herd immunity. Iceland is currently in the middle of its largest wave of infection since the start of the pandemic.

The mobile vaccination drive aims to reach those that are still unvaccinated against COVID-19. “Number one is just to reach as many people as possible and reduce the spread of the disease and reduce strain on the hospital,” Óskar stated. “We do that by vaccinating as many people as possible.” He added that the Chief Epidemiologist and others have identified which groups have yet to be vaccinated and the drive will aim to make vaccination accessible to those groups.

Drop-in for unvaccinated on Thursdays and Fridays

Those who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccination, or those who have yet to receive their second dose of vaccine, can also drop in to Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Thursdays and Fridays in the coming weeks. The Pfizer mRNA vaccine will be administered on both days, while the AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be offered on Thursdays and the Janssen vaccine on Fridays.

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