Coronavirus vaccinations

Updated April 19, 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, April 19, 2021

The coronavirus vaccination appointment number will change on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The new telephone number is 09 5844 3030 (Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00).

Bulletin, April 16, 2021.

Vantaa has already administered over 50,000 coronavirus vaccines -The age group has been expanded to cover 55–59-year-olds

The coronavirus vaccination age group has been expanded cover all 55–59-year-olds. At the moment, Vantaa has already administered over 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines. Ninety-two percent of over-70-year-olds have received at least one vaccine, while the percentage of the 65–69-year-olds amounts to 69%. Coronavirus vaccinations in Vantaa have progressed very well - thanks are due to active residents and vaccination employees!

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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)

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 55th birthday this year and older (born in 1966 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). Read more detailed list here.

    -risk group 2: 18-64-year-olds, (born in 1957-2003). Read more detailed list here. 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.

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 (tel. 09 839 50090, Mon-Fri at 8:00-15:00) 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.

Group 1: People with an illness or condition exposing them to a highly severe coronavirus disease

  • Organ or stem-cell transplant
  • Cancer in active treatment
  • Severe chronic immune system disorder
  • Severe chronic kidney disease
  • Severe chronic lung disease
  • Medically treated type 2 diabetes
  • Down syndrome (adults)

Group 2: People with an illness or condition exposing them to a severe coronavirus disease

  • Asthma demanding chronic medication
  • Severe heart disease such as heart failure (excluding mere hypertension)
  • Apoplexy or other neurological disease or condition hampering breathing
  • Medical treatment for an autoimmune disease weakening the immune system
  • Severe chronic liver disease
  • Type 1 diabetes or hypoadrenalism
  • Moderate to severe sleep apnoea disease.
  • Psychosis
  • Morbid obesity (body mass index, BMI, at least 40)

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.

If you have been infected with coronavirus, you can be vaccinated, but preferably only six months after the beginning of symptoms.

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

See Vantaa’s coronavirus vaccination situation in the table.

  • 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.

2.2 Other personnel exposed to coronavirus and other key personnel with regard to health care carrying capacity


The vaccination of health care personnel can only be gradually expanded once more vaccines are available in Finland. THL will provide information on the development of this matter. When more vaccines are available, vaccinations can be extended to personnel who treat patients susceptible to infection and personnel whose replacement is difficult.

These include

  • patients currently receiving cancer treatment
  • personnel in dialysis departments
  • respiratory paralysis care personnel
  • elderly care personnel in the inpatient wards of health centres and hospitals, institutional rehabilitation and home care
  • parturient and newborn care personnel
  • ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors and ophthalmologists (eye doctors) in emergency care
  • personnel responsible for the oral health care of respiratory tract infection patients.

The vaccination of personnel may not significantly slow down the vaccination of elderly persons and other groups at risk of a serious COVID-19 disease.

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)