Turnout similar for AstraZeneca and Pfizer

29.04.2021 - 10:46
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 Mynd: Kristinn Þeyr Magnússon - RÚV
A total of 9,000 capital region residents were invited for injection with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine yesterday and 7,350 turned up. Turnout was similar to that seen on days the Pfizer vaccine is used, according to head of nursing at Heilsugæslan Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir. She says she does not believe anybody was affected with serious side-effects or illness immediately following vaccination.

1962 birthdays get ready

Vaccination of people aged 60 and over (born in or before 1961) is expected to be completed today. People born in 1962 should not be surprised to receive an invite in the form of a text message today, if there is enough vaccine left over. 

Some 20,000 people in the capital will receive vaccine injections next week. 10,000 people with underlying health issues will receive the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday, 4,000 people will receive the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, and 4,000 the single-dose Janssen vaccine on Thursday. 

Marginalised groups, crews & pre-schools 

Ragnheiður Ósk says the Janssen vaccine is particularly suitable for marginalised/sensitive groups in society, as well as ship and aeroplane crews, because it often proves difficult to arrange times for the second injection, and the Janssen vaccine only requires one. Pre-school staff will also be vaccinated next week. 

“As soon as the opportunity arises, we will continue down the list in age order; hopefully right away next week. It is still not quite clear how many with underlying health issues have yet to be vaccinated,” Ragnheiður Ósk says. 

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