Did Iceland Ban COVID Vaccines After Sudden Deaths?!

Did Iceland just ban all COVID-19 vaccines after experiencing a spike in sudden deaths?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Iceland Banned COVID Vaccines After Sudden Deaths!

People are sharing an article by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), suggesting or claiming that Iceland is no longer offering COVID-19 vaccines to its general population after a spike in sudden deaths!

Steve Kirsch : Iceland No Longer Offers Covid Vaccines To General Population After Spike In Sudden Deaths – The People’s Voice

Here is an excerpt from the article (archive). Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Iceland No Longer Offers Covid Vaccines To General Population After Spike In Sudden Deaths – The People’s Voice

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Truth : Iceland Did Not Ban COVID-19 Vaccines!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Iceland Has Not Banned COVID-19 Vaccines

Let me just start by pointing out that Iceland did not ban COVID-19 vaccines. Anyone who even takes 5 seconds to check would have discovered this.

For one thing – the website of Iceland’s Directorate of Health did not announce any ban of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Articles claiming that the decision to ban the COVID-19 vaccines was published by the Icelandic newspaper Morgunbladid also did not provide an actual link to the announcement. In fact, Morgunbladid actually posted on 3 October 2023 (English translation) that Iceland just started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign for the winter season!

Fact #2 : Iceland Refuted Claims It Banned COVID-19 Vaccines

On 29 November 2023, the Chief Epidemiologist at the Icelandic Directorate of Health, Guðrún Aspelund, refuted claims that Iceland banned COVID-19 vaccines.

She also dismissed claims that there was a spike in sudden deaths in Iceland, and explained that Iceland was now recommending the COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk groups, instead of vaccinating the entire population.

Iceland has not banned COVID-19 vaccines, and there are no soaring sudden deaths either.

COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered and recommended to certain high-risk groups, but with no immediate plans to vaccinate the entire population.

Aspelund explained that Iceland is recommending the COVID-19 vaccine this fall and winter season for:

  • people older than 60 years,
  • people older than 5 with underlying conditions, and
  • healthcare workers.

She also stated that even though Iceland has scaled back vaccine purchases to minimise waste, there will be enough vaccines if more people want to get vaccinated:

There is no shortage, and if additional groups require vaccination, it is feasible.

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Fact #3 : Iceland Started New COVID-19 Vaccinations In October 2023!

On 2 October 2023, the Icelandic Directorate of Health announced that the updated Pfizer COMINARTY XBB 1.5 vaccine for COVID-19 was available for the winter season of 2023-2024. It also recommended that these groups should receive priority for this new COVID-19 vaccine:

  • All persons 60 years of age or older.

  • All children and adults with chronic heart, lung, kidney, and liver disease, obesity, diabetes, malignancy, or immunosuppressive disease caused by drugs or disease.

  • Pregnant women.

  • Healthcare professionals who care for individuals in the risk groups listed above.

It also pointed out that the new COVID-19 vaccines will be made free of charge for the high-risk groups above, and that their vaccinations will be carried out in healthcare centres, nursing homes, hospitals and certain pharmacies in the capital area.

Fact #4 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Publishing Fake News

The People’s Voice is the new name / brand for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I personally fact checked earlier:

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