Vaccination of Helsinkians
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Currently being vaccinated are
- people belonging to a risk group because of their age and are turning 70 years this year and older (born in 1951 or earlier) and their informal carers who have received a decision about informal care
- people belonging to a risk group because of a disease or condition
- those who have turned 16 years and older who have illnesses or conditions that very highly expose to severe COVID-19 (risk group 1)
Check here illnesses and conditions that very highly expose to severe COVID-19
- those who have turned 16 years and older who have illnesses or conditions that expose to severe COVID-19 (risk group 2)
Check here illnesses and conditions that expose to severe COVID-19.
- people turning 25–69 years this year (born in 1952–1996).
NB: Persons who have already had COVID-19 are offered the vaccine after at least six months have passed from the date the symptoms started or the date you took your positive coronavirus test.
Vaccines in use
The Pfizer vaccine is currently available for people aged 16 to 64 years.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently available for people aged 65 years and older. People aged 65 years old and older can choose the Pfizer vaccine, instead of the AstraZeneca vaccine, when booking their first dose.
- In the electronic appointment booking you can choose the Pfizer vaccine when choosing a vaccination point.
- When booking an appointment by phone, the choice is made by saying you want the Pfizer vaccine.
NB! It is not possible to choose the vaccine at the vaccination point.
If you are 65 years of age or older and have received AstraZeneca as your first dose, the booster dose will also be AstraZeneca. This is also recommended by the National Institute for Health and Welfare. If a person refuses to take the AstraZeneca vaccine for their second dose, they may choose to receive the Pfizer vaccine instead. In this case, they should be prepared that the new period will be extended, i.e. that the vaccination interval may be longer than 12 weeks. When changing the vaccine type, the existing time in the system must be cancelled from the booking number and a new time requested for the Pfizer vaccine. It is not possible to change the vaccine type at the vaccination point. It is currently not possible to change the vaccine type through the electronic booking system for the 2nd dose.
NB! Persons aged 65 and over who have received the first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine can shorten the interval between the two vaccinations to eight weeks from the current twelve. It is not possible to shorten the interval between the two vaccinations as for the Pfizer vaccine. The interval can only be changed by telephone. If you wish to shorten your vaccination interval, please call the appointment booking line for coronavirus vaccinations at 09 310 46300.
65-year-olds and older who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will also receive a second dose of the same vaccine. Switching the second dose to a mRNA vaccine is possible for those who have had a severe allergic reaction (called an anaphylactic reaction) to the first vaccination, or have a history of sinus thrombosis, a type of stroke, or heparin-associated thrombocytopenia (HIT).
People under the age of 65 years who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will receive a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Individuals who have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will receive a second dose with the same vaccine.
In accordance with the precautionary principle, the AstraZeneca vaccine is not used for people aged 65 years or older who have a history of sinus thrombosis, a type of stroke, or heparin-associated thrombocytopenia (HIT).
Vaccination is free and voluntary.
More information and instructions about the vaccinations
- COVID-19 vaccinations for residents of Helsinki aged 70 and over and their informal carers (pdf)
- Vaccinations of 16–69-year-old residents of Helsinki who are very susceptible to COVID-19 due to an illness (pdf) (risk group 1)
- Coronavirus vaccinations of residents of Helsinki aged 16 and above who are susceptible to severe COVID-19 due to an illness (risk group 2)
- COVID-19 vaccinations for residents of Helsinki aged 25 and over (pdf)
Vaccines are only administered by appointment. You can make an appointment electronically or by telephone, if you belong to a group that is scheduled for vaccination.
- The fastest way to book an appointment is to visit bookcovidvaccine.fi.
- To make an appointment by telephone, call 09 310 46300 on weekdays between 8:00–18:00.
- The appointment booking line uses a call-back service. If your call is not answered immediately, your number will be saved and your call will be returned within three days from the number 09 310 46300 or 09 310 10020. We also make return calls in the evenings and at weekends.
- Informal carers can currently book appointments by telephone only.
NB: Come for the vaccination as close to your appointment time as possible. There are no separate waiting areas at the vaccination points. Be prepared to que and dress accordingly.
More information about the vaccines is available:
- The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: Vaccines and coronavirus
- Fimea: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health: Coronavirus and vaccine candidates (In Finnish)
In what order are different population groups vaccinated? When do I get the vaccine?
Vaccinations are given by appointment only. You can make an appointment by phone or electronically.
The coronavirus vaccination may bring about some questions. Here you can find the most frequently asked questions and their answers.
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What should I do after the vaccination? What if I develop symptoms after the vaccination?
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