From Iceland — COVID Roundup: People Have Attempted Vaccine Fraud, Latest Numbers

COVID Roundup: People Have Attempted Vaccine Fraud, Latest Numbers

Published January 21, 2022

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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John Pearson

There have been examples of people showing up at Laugardalshöll, getting signed in for their vaccination, and then immediately trying to leave in order to be registered as vaccinated without actually being so, Vísir reports.

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Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir, the managing director of nursing at capital area health clinics, confirmed this for reporters. She said that they try to pay attention to people taking an unusual path through the vaccination centre, and there have been cases where police on the scene have had to stop people who have attempted to be registered as vaccinated without getting the shot. It does not, however, appear to be a widespread problem; the vast majority of those who show up at Laugardalshöll do get vaccinated. There are, nonetheless, those who hope to travel abroad but do not want to get vaccinated who attempt this maneuver.

There are some 50,000 people who have not yet received a booster shot, but Ragnheiður hopes that as many people remaining as possible can be reached.

Where daily numbers are concerned, there were 1,456 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional 21 at the border.

269 are in border screening quarantine, with 13,689 in domestic quarantine and 10,803 in isolation. There are currently 35 people in hospital and three in intensive care.

285,452 people aged 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of January 20th, comprising 91% of this age group. 175,990 have also received booster shots.

Getting a booster shot is a very straightforward process, with no barcode required. More information on that can be found here. For your first and second vaccination, you can sign up here.

As always, be sure to abide the domestic restrictions and border regulations.

More information can be found at and, in Icelandic, below. Bear in mind that it may take some time for daily figures to be updated in languages other than Icelandic.

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