Delayed inspection of the certificates Thirty-six passengers brought the first plane to Iceland after a new regulation on border control came into force at midnight. In addition to double sampling with quarantine in between, passengers now have to present a so-called PCR certificate stating that they are not infected. Sigurgeir Sigmundsson, chief of police in Suðurnes, says that it went well this morning:
“It is certainly delayed to look at these certificates and receive them, e.g. passengers’ slots are considerably longer. And we were well over half an hour to look at this and process this. ”
Were the passengers aware that they had to bring such a certificate from home?
“Yes, they were, but just because of time, those who did not have these required certificates did not get them.”
Not fined immediately Sigurgeir says that the plane took off from Boston yesterday afternoon local time and by then the regulation had not yet entered into force. He says those who did not have a certificate were allowed into the country.
“We will not impose fines until Monday at the earliest.”
What were there many who did not have a certificate?
“There were nine of these 36 who did not have the required certificates. ”
Hope for 340 passengers Sigurgeir says that these passengers knew that they should present a certificate but did not get it because the notice was short, as it is complicated in some places to get a PCR certificate. Police and employees of the Capital Area Health Service, who take the samples at Leifsstöð, help to review the certificates that come from many sources. A plane from Copenhagen is expected in the afternoon with 120 passengers. Just after midnight, a plane arrives from Warsaw with 220 passengers.
Start vaccinating 80 to 89 years in the first week of March Today, staff in nursing homes in the capital area are being vaccinated. Fewer people from each household are vaccinated at a time, so that many people in each household do not become ill at one time. Some people get sick the day after the injection. Next week, the aim is to finish vaccinating all ninety years and older, says Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir, director of nursing at the Health Care of the capital area. In the following week, people aged 80 to 89 will be vaccinated.