The vaccines against COVID-19 that will be used in Iceland are safe and provide the best possible protection against the disease.
The object of the vaccination is to protect individuals from contracting the disease and to achieve herd immunity, which will prevent the spread of the pandemic. In Iceland, the plan is to vaccinate approximately 60-80% of the nation who were born in 2005 or earlier. Vaccinations are and will be free of charge, and no one will be forced to accept the vaccination.
The speed of vaccinations will depend on the volume of the vaccine sent each time to Iceland.
Based on the available information on the delivery of vaccines and estimates applicable thereto, the Ministry of Health has prepared a vaccination schedule for COVID-19.
The effectiveness of all vaccines is based on the fact that they activate the immune system so that it is later able to protect the body against a disease by recognising the pathogens that cause it. The website of the Icelandic Medicines Agency contains more material about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Minister of Health has confirmed a Regulation on the prioritisation of vaccinations against COVID-19. The object of the Regulation is to determine prioritisations on the basis of objective views and with as much predictability as possible. Account was taken, in the creation of the Regulation, of the guidelines of the World Health Organisation regarding prioritisation regarding vaccinations against COVID-19 and views that have been expressed as the result of comparable work in neighbouring countries. The distribution of the vaccine and organisation of vaccinations is managed by the Chief Epidemiologist, while its execution is managed by local healthcare centres and healthcare organisations.
Pregnant women are not considered a special priority group when vaccinating against COVID-19 but there is no opposition to the vaccination of pregnant women who so request. This is particularly applicable to women who were at risk before the pregnancy, or are engaged in work where priority vaccination is recommended, such as health services.
You can find the latest information and news on medications against COVID-19 and the development of vaccines on the website of the Icelandic Medicines Agency.
- Information on COVID-19 vaccines may be found on the website of the Icelandic Medicines Agency.
- Information for healthcare workers regarding the execution of vaccinations can be accessed on the website of the Directorate of Health
- Here you can read all about vaccinations in Iceland on the website of the Directorate of Health
- COVID-19 Vaccination - Easily readable information
This page will be updated as we receive new information on the effectiveness and delivery of vaccines and the execution of vaccinations.