Malmi vaccination point.

Coronavirus vaccinations begin for Helsinki residents aged 45–49

The persons next in line for coronavirus vaccination in Helsinki are 45–49-year-olds, i.e., those born in 1972–1976.

The booking of vaccination appointments will open next Monday 10 May. You can make a vaccination appointment online at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling the appointment booking line 09 310 46300.

The fastest way to book an appointment is to use the online service. The appointment booking number is available on weekdays 08:00–18:00. Information on the start of the vaccinations is also published e.g. in newspapers.

Vaccinations are being carried out at the vaccination points of Jätkäsaari, Messukeskus, Malmi and Myllypuro.

More details on coronavirus vaccinations in Helsinki vaccinations are available on the coronavaccination-en.hel.fi pages.

More age groups will be covered as more vaccine doses become available

Vaccines will be administered in Helsinki without delay as they become available. At the moment, over 200 000 Helsinki residents have received their first vaccine jab.

According to Medical Director of health stations Timo Lukkarinen, the course and duration of the coronavirus epidemic will be affected by how well the vaccination coverage increases.

–  The impact of vaccinations in older age groups is already visible. It should be noted, however, that coronavirus is not just a disease of the elderly and the efficacy of vaccinations is not 100%. That is why as many of us as possible should be vaccinated, so that the epidemic will end one day and we will be able to return to a more normal daily life, Lukkarinen says.

The City of Helsinki uses two different vaccines. People aged 16–64-year-old are currently being given the Pfizer vaccine.  At present, people aged 65 years old and over are vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine or, if they wish, the Pfizer vaccine. The selection can be made via both online and telephone appointments. The specific type of vaccine cannot be chosen at the vaccination point.

Two shots of the vaccines are administered. The vaccine jabs will be administered at an interval of 12 weeks, in accordance with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s recommendation. The vaccine is free of charge and voluntary.

Persons who have already had COVID-19 are offered the vaccine after at least six months have passed from the onset of symptoms or the diagnosis of the illness.

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