Greenland makes Covid-19 vaccination mandatory on public transport

Greenland makes Covid-19 vaccination mandatory on public transport
A Covid-19 test centre in Greenland's capital Nuuk earlier this year. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix
Only people who have received at least the first dose of a coronavirus vaccination will be permitted to use public transport in Greenland from midnight on Monday.

Greenland’s prime minister Múte B. Egede confirmed the decision on Monday afternoon according to local media Sermitsiaq.AG.

The autonomous territory currently has 29 confirmed active cases of Covid-19, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic.

“We must all take shared responsibility and show great caution since we do not yet know whether it is the Delta variant, which spreads a lot faster than the earlier Covid-19 variants,” Egede said at a briefing on Monday.

Passengers travelling to their home towns will be exempt from the vaccination requirement, however.

The new rule is initially in place until the end of July.

Although vaccination will now be required on public transport in Greenland, passengers will not be asked to show a vaccine passport or other form of documentation. That is because authorities say they trust the public to follow the rule.

In addition to public transport, unvaccinated people will not be allowed to use cafes, restaurants or sports facilities under the new restriction. Taxis are exempted from the rule.

Sermitsiaq.AG reports that 18,915 of Greenland’s population of around 56,000 are fully vaccinated, while 32,724 have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

A public assembly limit of 20 people will meanwhile remain in place in Greenland until the end of July.

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