Greenland says it’s on track to start lifting COVID-19 requirements for the vaccinated as of July 31, with vaccination documentation details coming soon.
The COVID-19 situation in the towns of Upernavik and Aasiaat and their surrounding settlements remain a concern and restrictions in the two regions will remain in place. Elsewhere on the island, masking will no longer be required and the gathering limit of 20 people will be lifted.
A kind of immunization passport will also be introduced shortly that will allow the vaccinated to access pubs, restaurants and events, the government said in a news release.
Seven new cases since Wednesday
On Thursday, health authorities reported 39 active cases in Greenland, up 7 from Wednesday, with the majority of those new cases in Aasiaat.
In a statement on Thursday, the government reiterated a call made during their press conference on Wednesday that the population take advantage of vaccination clinics in their regions, and reminded that pregnant and breastfeeding women and children aged 16 and 17 have also recently been approved to get the shots.
Greenland has a population of approximately 56,000 but only 23,488 have been fully vaccinated as of July 29.
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