Coronavirus vaccinations

Updated May 5, 2021.

We will collect vaccine-related status information on this website.

Target group for coronavirus vaccinations

Clarifications regarding Astra Zeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

National guidelines

Appointments for coronavirus vaccinations

Vaccination points and instructions for arriving at the vaccination place

Notes

Situation of vaccinations

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Bulletin, May 5, 2021

Vantaa residents ages 40-44 (born in 1977-1981) can now make an appointment for a coronavirus vaccination. We kindly ask you to primarily make an appointment online at: www.koronarokotusaika.fi/en. If you cannot make an online appointment, you can make an appointment by leaving a call-back request, tel. 09 5844 3030 (Mon-Fri: 8:00-16:00).

We recommend that you make an appointment for the first vaccination and the booster shot at the same time.

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Bulletin 30.4.2021

Changes in using the AstraZeneca vaccine

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has outlined that—as of week 18—people ages 65-69 who make an appointment for their first coronavirus vaccination, can choose the mRNA vaccine (e.g., BiontechPfizer) used in the municipality, if they so prefer. This choice is also available in Vantaa as of Monday, May 3, 2021.

Make an appointment for a BiontechPfizer vaccine online at koronarokotusaika.fi or call the coronavirus vaccination phone service. People ages 65-69 can make an appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine by calling the coronavirus vaccination phone service, tel. 09 5844 3030 (Mon-Fri at 8:00-16:00).

The possibility of choosing the vaccine only applies to the first vaccination. People aged 65 and older who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first vaccine will get the same AstraZeneca vaccine as their booster, compliant with the national guidelines.

Vaccinations for under-65-year-olds

Booster shots for under-65-year-olds who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first vaccine will commence in May. The vaccine given in these vaccinations will be an mRNA (BiontechPfizer or Moderna) vaccine.

Target group for coronavirus vaccinations

  1. Health care personnel caring for coronavirus patients as well as personnel and residents in round-the-clock care facilities
  2. The elderly, and persons with underlying conditions that predispose to severe COVID-19 and health and social welfare
    employees
  3. Other population

We are now vaccinating:

We are currently vaccinating:

  • People who have their 40th birthday this year and older (born in 1981 or earlier) as well as carers of over-70-year-olds living in the same household. At the moment, they can only make a vaccination appointment by phone. A person transacting on behalf of another can also make an online appointment.
  • Those belonging to the risk groups due to their illness:

    - risk group 1: 16—64-year-olds (born in 1957-2005, at the time of vaccination, the person to be vaccinated must be 16 years old).

    -risk group 2: 18-64-year-olds, (born in 1957-2003). According to national guidelines, people living in the same household as a person belonging to a risk group will not be vaccinated unless they themselves belong to the risk group. Belonging to a risk group will be checked at the vaccination point with a Kela card or other treatment-related documents.

Vantaa residents having their 70th birthday this year and older, as well as 16-64-year-olds belonging to a target group are, at present, vaccinated with the BioNTechPfizer Comirnaty vaccine. The BioNTechPfizer Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine will be given as a booster shot for those under-65-year-olds who earlier received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine will be given as the first shot to 65 - 69-year-olds, and as the booster shot for people in the age group in question who earlier received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has outlined that—as of week 18—people ages 65-69 who make an appointment for their first coronavirus vaccination, can choose the mRNA vaccine (e.g., BiontechPfizer) used in the municipality, if they so prefer. The possibility of choosing the vaccine only applies to the first vaccination. People aged 65 and older who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first vaccine will get the same AstraZeneca vaccine as their booster, compliant with the national guidelines.

Vantaa will mail an information letter about beginning the coronavirus vaccinations to all Vantaa residents ages this year 70 and over. The information letter will be mailed in stages per age groups, and the first recipients will be Vantaa residents ages 80 and over. The disease caused by coronavirus may be especially severe for the elderly, so we recommend everybody to take the vaccine. You can make an appointment before you get the information letter.

The vaccine is free of charge.

Clarifications regarding Astra Zeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine will not be given to those 65-year-olds and older who have earlier had cerebral thrombosis or heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). If you have had one of the above, please contact the coronavirus vaccination appointment number 09 5844 3030 (Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00). before your vaccination appointment, so that we can change the vaccine. In order to make the vaccination activities flexible, please take care of all vaccine clarifications in advance by calling the phone service, not in the vaccination place.

Note! According to THL's (The National Institute for Health and Welfare) guidelines, an earlier stroke, cerebral hemorrhage or subarachnoid hemorrhage constitute no obstacle to having the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Likewise, a pulmonary embolism or venous thrombosis in, for example, the lower limbs constitute no obstacle to having the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The BioNTechPfizer Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine will be given as a booster shot for those under-65-year-olds who earlier received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

New national guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) published a list (March 5, 2021) on the basis of which coronavirus vaccinations are offered to over 70-year-olds with various diseases, that is, coronavirus risk groups.

Appointments for coronavirus vaccinations

You must make an appointment for the vaccination. We ask you to make an online appointment at: www.koronarokotusaika.fi. You cannot make an appointment using the InternetExplorer browser. Making an online appointment requires strong identification.

Transacting on behalf of another adult is now possible on the koronarokotusaika.fi service. Transacting on behalf of another adult requires an official authorization that you can make on the suomi.fi online service. Read more here.

If you cannot make an online appointment, you can leave a call-back request (tel. 09 5844 3030, Monday-Friday at 8:00-16:00)

You can make an appointment for the first vaccination as well as for the booster shot at the same time through the online appointment service or over the phone.

If you are a home care customer, your home care employee will inform you about the vaccination.

If you are a resident at a nursing home, you will get the vaccination there.

Vaccination points and instructions for arriving at the vaccination place

  • Sanomala vaccination point (Sanomatie 1, entrance from the side of Vantaankoski train station). Barrier-free vaccination point.
  • Hiekkaharju Varia vaccination point (Tennistie 1). Barrier-free vaccination point.
  • Korso Lumo vaccination point (entrance from the corner of Merikotkankuja and Urpiaisentie, opposite corner of the main door). Barrier-free passage to the vaccination point is possible; the ramp to the vaccination point is steep, but another route can be arranged.
  • Myyrmäki's Energia Areena vaccination point (Open on Thursday, April 15, 2021.) Barrier-free vaccination point.

Please note that before the vaccination you may have to wait outside for a while, so that we can ensure 2-meter social distancing. You will not be admitted inside the vaccination point before, at the earliest, 10 minutes before your appointment, so do not arrive at the vaccination point too early in order to avoid queueing.

A person accompanying you may only come inside the vaccination place if you cannot cope with the vaccination situation on your own. You will stay at the vaccination place for about 15 minutes.

Please wear a face mask and ensure good hand hygiene when at the vaccination place.

We hope that accompanying persons arriving by car will wait further away in order not to congest the parking lot of the vaccination place.

Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) will compensate for coronavirus vaccination travel during March 27, 2021 - December 31, 2021. The maximum sum of a one-way journey is €25. The journeys will usually be reimbursed according to the cheapest mode of transport. You may be reimbursed for a journey made by a taxi, if you have to use a taxi because of your state of health or because of deficient traffic circumstances.

Note

The coronavirus epidemic will be over only when the majority of the population has been vaccinated, which means even after the vaccination people must continue to protect themselves against coronavirus.

A person who has had a coronavirus infection will be vaccinated, at the earliest, after six months from having the disease. The disease has been verified to generally protect the infected person for at least six months with the exception of people with a disease significantly weakening the immune system (e.g., treatment with cytostatic drugs or biological medicinal products). In these cases, the people should consult their doctors about potentially advancing the vaccination.

You can make a coronavirus appointment by phone only by calling the coronavirus appointment service, so please do not contact any other City of Vantaa phone numbers or services such as health services, in order not to overload the services.

In order to make the vaccinations as flexible as possible, we recommend that as many people as possible make an appointment as soon as vaccinations for their own age group begin. If you cannot for some reason immediately make an appointment, you can do it later.

The vaccination plan will be specified in stages in the course of the spring based on, the number of incoming vaccines. We do not yet know the exact number of vaccines, which is why we cannot publish specific plans.

At the moment, it takes two vaccinations to get full protection. You will get an appointment for the second vaccination when you are having the first one.

Vaccinations for those who are not permanent residents of Vantaa: As a general rule, your own place of domicile will give you the COVID-19 vaccine. You can also be vaccinated in such a municipality where you are staying on a regular or on a long-term basis or whose health center you have chosen as your place of care.

Vaccinations for those without a place of domicile: You will get the vaccine if you are staying in Finland for a fairly long period.

Surplus vaccine doses

At the end of the day, there may remain separate, surplus vaccine doses at the vaccination place. The vaccine doses taken into use must be administered during the same day, within the specified time (6 hours), and in order to prevent waste, these surplus vaccine doses will be targeted in Vantaa in the following order:

  1. In addition to the actual target group (currently the elderly and those belonging to risk groups), we will invite people on the standby list to be vaccinated.
  2. We will invite social welfare and health care professionals (from specified target groups) to be vaccinated.
  3. If the above-mentioned people are not available soon enough, we will administer the remaining vaccines to the people at the vaccination place in order to prevent waste.

First-stage vaccinations to employees

The vaccinations will be carried out in co-operation between the City of Vantaa's health services and occupational health care. Vaccination arrangements will be notified separately to the units affected by the primary vaccination. Appointments for these vaccinations will begin in early January. If you have not yet been contacted about vaccinations, private operators are asked to contact Vantaa's vaccination contacts: koronarokotus@vantaa.fi. Please note that the vaccination contact persons cannot take a stand on private persons’ inquiries

Situation of vaccinations

  • Groups 1.2 - 1.4: done
  • Groups 1.5: 1. round done
  • Groups 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.5: 1. round ongoing

National coronavirus vaccination target groups and their order

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that COVID-19 vaccinations are offered to different groups in the following order:

1. Health care personnel caring for coronavirus patients as well as personnel and residents in round-the-clock care facilities


1.1 Personnel in intensive care units

1.2 Personnel in inpatient wards and emergency wards treating diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 patients and emergency care personnel

1.3 Personnel at infectious diseases clinics treating diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 patients, COVID-19 testing personnel, and laboratory personnel involved in COVID-19 diagnostics

1.4 Personnel and residents in social services for residential care and enhanced institutional, round-the-clock care units (groups 3 and 4 may be vaccinated simultaneously)

1.5 A limited number of critical personnel in social welfare and health care, for example, personnel in organ transplant units

2.1 The elderly, and persons with underlying conditions that predispose to severe COVID-19


2.1.1. 80-year-olds and older, including carers and elderly living in the same household

2.1.2. 75–79-year-olds, including carers and elderly living in the same household

2.1.3. 70–74-year-olds, including carers and elderly living in the same household

2.1.4. Those under the age of 70 with a highly predisposing condition for severe COVID-19. Highly predisposing conditions for severe COVID-19 disease include, for example, severe chronic kidney disease, severe immunosuppressive condition (organ transplant, acute cancer treatment) and severe chronic pulmonary disease.

2.1.5. Those under the age of 70 with a predisposing condition for severe COVID-19. Predisposing conditions for severe COVID-19 include, for example, coronary artery disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

The order in which those suffering from underlying diseases are vaccinated is affected by how effective the vaccine is in these groups.

When more information becomes available about the new COVID-19 vaccines, their marketing authorisations and their supply to Finland, the assessment of medical risk groups will be continued. At the same time, the list can be specified to divide people with underlying conditions to several groups based on the magnitude of the risk.

In addition, the priority listing for social welfare and health care professionals and the rest of the population can be clarified.

3. Others

Vaccines will be administered in descending order as follows: 60–69-year-olds, 50–59-year-olds, 40–49-year-olds, 30–39-year-olds and 16–29-year-olds.

Children will not be vaccinated yet, as there is not yet sufficient information on the vaccinations for children.

Ministry of social affairs and health: Order of priority for COVID-19 vaccination to be specified — changes to right to administer vaccines (16.4.2021)