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Neary 13,000 vaccinated yesterday, in Reykjavík alone

07.05.2021 - 11:59
Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir
 Mynd: RÚV - Skjáskot
Nearly 13,000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 at Reykjavík’s Laugardalshöll arena yesterday—the highest number in a single day to date. The head of nursing at Heilsugæslan (the capital region healthcare provider) says the operation went well despite the high number of people.

The main group vaccinated yesterday were people born between 1966 and 1975, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine. The majority of people were men, because Iceland is not giving that manufacturer’s vaccine to women aged under 55.

The hall rhythmically filled and emptied from 09.00 until around 18.00, according to head nurse Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir. 

“It went really extremely well and everything worked out. There were a very large number invited and we prepared all-in-all 12,800 doses, which is by far our biggest day to date,” Ragnheiður Ósk says. According to figures on covid.is, across all of Iceland yesterday, 14,016 AstraZeneca doses were administered, 2,203 Pfizer doses and 892 Janssen. 

As the day progressed, younger people were invited in to make sure no vaccine would go to waste, because not everybody invited turns up. “We were adding years and men so that we ended now inviting people born in 1975. Then we also finished the whole list of men with underlying health issues,” she says.   

How many were involved in this big project? “Very many. We were at it all day: 45 nurses who were just preparing the vaccines at Suðurlandsbraut, and then here in the hall we were probably around 70 doing various jobs: nurses, police, paramedics, and the people scanning for us. So, many hands make light work!” 

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