Vaccination documentation is coming to access facilities in Greenland

A file photo of the skyline of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital city, on March 30, 2021. (Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix/ via Reuters)

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.

A graph of the vaccination portrait in Greenland as of July 29. Of the territory’s population of approximately 56,000, 35,782 people have had one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 23,488 have had two doses and are fully vaccinated. (Government of Greenland)

Greenland has a population of approximately 56,000 but only 23,488  have been fully vaccinated as of July 29.

Write to Eilís at eilis.quinn@cbc.ca 

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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