Vaccination boost in April

07.04.2021 - 09:28
epa08951830 The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, Britain, 20 January 2021. More than four million people in the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to government figures. People in their 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable in England are now among those being offered the vaccine.  EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
Bóluefni Pfizer og BioNTech. Mynd: EPA-EFE - EPA
Some 65,300 doses of four different COVID-19 vaccines are due in Iceland in April, which is a 160 percent increase on the month before. Around 10,000 people are being vaccinated this week in the capital region alone.

The latest delivery schedule from Pfizer anticipates a further 177,000 doses arriving in Iceland during May and June. Pfizer is the only manufacturer to have released its plans for the following two months so far. The Pfizer plan reflects the gathering pace of its manufacturing capacity in Europe.

Between 29th December and 31st March, Iceland received around 75,000 vaccine doses in total, from three manufacturers. A single-dose vaccine will be used in Iceland for the first time from April, in addition to the existing three double-dose versions. 

Heilsugæslan, the capital city healthcare centres’ operator, is opening the Laugardalshöll mass vaccination centre for three days this week. 

Today, Wednesday, people who received the first Pfizer injection before the 18th March will be invited for their second and final injection. The next age group vaccination will then take place tomorrow, when everyone born in or before 1951 will be invited for immunisation with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Healthcare workers will then receive the Moderna vaccine on Friday. In all, around 10,000 people are expected. 

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