Greenland to launch 4th vaccination campaign this fall

A March 2021 file photo of a Covid-19 test center in the center of Nuuk, Greenland. (Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Greenland will launch a new vaccination campaign this fall, saying it’s expecting a new COVID-19 wave at the end of the year.

“The National Medical Office is expecting a COVID-19 wave during the autumn and winter, with an omicron-like variant likely dominant,” the government said in a news release.

The program will target those over 50 and immuno-compromised people under the age of 50.

The government says the goal of the campaign will be to reduce the risk of serious illness and death, not to stop infections from taking place, and for that reason, those under 50 will not be offered the shots.

The World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned last week that omicron variants  BA.4 and BA.5 were driving increased COVID-19 case numbers in 110 countries and urged countries to keep the vaccinations of at-risk people up-to-date to prevent death and severe illness. 

The vaccination program in Greenland is expected to launch October 1.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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