Starting today, children aged 5-11 will be invited to Laugardalshöll stadium in Reykjavík for vaccination against COVID-19. The invitations have been sent to their parents or guardians, who make the decision on whether or not their children will receive the vaccination. Around 33,000 children between 5-11 are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 in Iceland and some within the demographic have already been vaccinated.
Both in the capital area and in other regions of Iceland, the registered parents and guardians of children aged 5-11 will receive an email from school nurses with information on when their children can get vaccinated. Vaccination for the age group will take place every afternoon this week in Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík. As of this time, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in those 15 and younger in Iceland.
Open house for boosters
Fully vaccinated adults who have yet to receive their booster shots can do so at Laugardalshöll on weekdays between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, where Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines are on offer at all times. Adults do not need to have received an invitation for a booster shot, but are recommended to come between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM this week as children’s vaccination will be taking place in the afternoons. All those who received their second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine five months ago or more are welcome to receive a booster shot. Staff will ask for a kennitala (national ID number) at the location.
Chief Epidemiologist recommends vaccination for children
Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason told RÚV that while a small minority in Iceland are against COVID-19 vaccination for children, its benefits are clear. “It’s just clear that the risk from [contracting] COVID is much, much greater for children than the risk from vaccination. It should really be a fairly clear choice for most people, so we will just continue to present those facts and see how it goes.”
Over 90% of Icelanders 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 44% of the total population have receive a booster shot. Over 70% of children aged 12-15 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 6% have received their first dose.
Icelandic health authorities have provided information on COVID-19 vaccination for children in English and other languages on this website.