Why use a mask?

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends the use of face masks in the whole country at this time.

The novel coronavirus is transmitted primarily as a droplet infection when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or sings. Proper use of a face mask can reduce infections by preventing droplets from spreading into the environment.

There are many types of face masks: various self-made or commercially available masks made of fabric or other materials. A face mask is not an actual respirator, nor does it effectively protect its wearer. The effectiveness of face masks is based in part on the fact that as many people as possible use them properly.

Studies show that the virus infects particularly easily in cramped interiors where close contact cannot be avoided. It is good to note that some people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms or very few symptoms, and for this reason the persons are not aware of their infection. The virus can infect a few days before the onset of symptoms.

Instructions for face mask use from the THL webpage.

Distribution of face masks

In accordance with the Government's decision in principle, the City of Vantaa distributes free face masks to the poorest and most vulnerable. Other Vantaa residents must obtain their own masks. There are mask distribution points on different sides of Vantaa.

The distribution of masks is based on trust, in other words, it will not be necessary for you to prove your poverty at the distribution site.

The caretakers and/or security guards will distribute the masks at the following agencies of the city during the opening hours of the unit:

Hakunila Health Center, Laukkarinne 4
Länsimäki Health Center, Keilakuja 1
Koivukylä Health Center, Karsikkokuja 15
Myyrmäki Health Center, Jönsaksentie 4
Tikkurila Health Center, Kielotie 11A
Verso, Vernissakatu 8, 1st floor.
Ohjaamo, Lummekatu 2 B

Note! Masks will not be distributed at the Martinlaakso Coronavirus Health Center and Korso Health Center.

The following instances will also distribute masks to their own customers:.

Alvi Ry
Auttava sydän
Elämänlaatu ry
Hakunila village association ry
Hakunilan Kansainvälinen yhdistys
Hakunilan Mielenterveysseura ry / Ystävänkammari
Joosua Missio
Korso food service association ry
Korson Työttömät ry
Martinlaakso village association
R3 Immigrant Youth Support Association ry
Sahan-seura ry
Somfin ry
Takaisin Elämään ry
Tikkurila club house ESKOT ry
Tusmo ry
Vahti ry
Vantaa’s A-Kilta ry KILTAKOTI
Vantaa’s A-Kilta ry
Vantaan’s A-Kilta ry - Myyrmäki
Vantaan järjestörinki ry
Vantaan Kuuloyhdistys ry
Vantaa’s mental health association Hyvät tuulet
Vantaan työnhakijat ry
Hakunila’s Kotikirkko
Hakunilan kansainvälinen yhdistys
Itä-Vantaan somalikulttuuriyhdistys
West Vantaa’s vapaaseurakunta
Vamol Ry
Vantaan Kotikirkko
Vantaan venäläinen klubi
Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliitto: Koivukylän kohtaamispaikka
Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliitto: Hakunilan yhteisötalo
Monik-Vantaa ry

How to Properly Wear a Face Mask