Coronavirus vaccinations

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

Updated March 3, 2021.

Appointments for coronavirus

Online appointments

Vaccination points and instructions for arriving at the vaccination place

Notes

Situation of vaccinations

Bulletin, March 3, 2021

The risk group 1 has now been extended to 16-year-olds.

Bulletin, March 1, 2021

In weeks 11-13, Vantaa will receive fewer Phizer vaccines, to be administered to the elderly, than previously announced, which is why there will be fewer appointments available. New vaccination appointments will be opened as soon as we receive information on additional vaccines.

Appointments now available for coronavirus vaccinations for new age groups

We are now vaccinating 16—19-year-olds belonging to risk group 1. For the time being, this age group can only make an appointment for the vaccination over the phone. Students in Vantaa will also receive instructions for vaccination appointments from Student Health Care.

A coronavirus vaccination appointment can be made for people living in Vantaa who turn 75 and over this year, as well as those aged 16-69 who are at very high risk of serious coronavirus due to their health condition. We recommend booking an appointment primarily in the bookcovidvaccine.fi service.

Vaccinations for the elderly have progressed, now Vantaa residents who turn 75 this year (born in 1946 or earlier) can also book an appointment. This age group will be vaccinated with BioNTechPfizer's Comirnaty vaccine.

In vaccinations for at-risk groups, the new age group is 18-49 years old. People at risk with a very high risk of serious coronavirus disease (group 1, see details) will be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccination and this is currently being given to people aged 18 to 69 years (born 1952-2003, you have to be 18 years old at the moment of vaccination). 16-under 18-year-olds in this group will be vaccinated with another vaccine because according to national guidelines, the AstraZeneca vaccination is not suitable for people under 18 years of age. It is also not suitable for people over the age of 70.

New national guidelines

On February 5, 2021, The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) published a list 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
  • Severe sleep apnea
  • Psychosis
  • Morbid obesity (body mass index, BMI, at least 40)

The time between the two coronavirus vaccinations will be systematically lengthened to 12 weeks, starting from the new, first-round vaccinations given.

We will contact any customers whose vaccination appointment, already given, will be changed.

The disease caused by coronavirus may be especially severe for the elderly, so we recommend everybody to take the vaccine. The vaccine is free of charge. The coronavirus epidemic will be over only when the majority of the population has been vaccinated, and even after the vaccination people must continue to protect themselves against coronavirus.

Appointments for coronavirus

  • Currently, appointment can be made if you are 75 or older at the time you make the appointment. In addition to them, over 65-year-olds living in the same household can simultaneously come to the appointment, separately made. At the moment, their appointments can only be made over the phone.
  • Vantaa residents ages 16-69 who, because of their state of health, face a very high risk of coronavirus can now book a vaccination appointment. See list here. People living in the same cannot come to the vaccination, unless they belong to the current vaccination group. The vaccination right of the people belonging to a risk group will be checked at the vaccination point, for example, with a Kela card or other treatment-related documents.
  • 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.
  • You can make an appointment before you get the information letter
  • 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.

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.
  • If you cannot make an online appointment, you can leave a call-back request (tel. 09 839 50090, Monday-Friday at 8:00-15:00)
  • We recommended that you keep your phone with you. We will call you back several times.
  • In order to not overload the line, the phone number is only meant for the target group’s appointments, not for any other inquiries.
  • Appointments are opened as soon as new vaccine deliveries are available.
  • When vaccines are available, you can make an online appointment or leave a call-back request.
  • When vaccines are unavailable, the online appointment service displays no appointment times and you cannot leave a call-back request at the phone servic. Please, try again the following day.
  • 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)
  • Hiekkaharju Varia vaccination point (Tennistie 1)
  • Please note that before the vaccination you may have to wait outside for a while, so that we can ensure 2-meter social distancing.
  • 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.

Note

  • 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.

Situation of vaccinations

See Vantaa’s coronavirus vaccination situation in the table.

Health-care employees and first-aid employees caring for patients with coronavirus

  • Vaccinations done

Employees caring for the elderly around the clock

  • Vaccinations done

Residents in around-the-clock care

  • Vaccinations done

Critical health and social welfare employees

  • Begun week 3, 1. round ongoing
  • How can I get the vaccination: Invitation by supervisor

The elderly ≥80-year-olds

  • Begun week 3, 1. round ongoing
  • How can I get the vaccination: Invitation letter mailed to Vantaa residents ages 85 and over. You can make an appointment before you get the information letter. Online appointment service or phone appointment service, when required

The elderly, 75-79-year-olds

  • Begun week 8, 1.round ongoing
  • How can I get the vaccination: Invitation letter mailed. Online appointment service or phone appointment service, when required

The elderly, 70-74-year-olds

  • Schedule will be specified, 4/2021
  • How can I get the vaccination: Invitation letter mailed. Online appointment service or phone appointment service, when required

<70-year-olds with an illness strongly exposing to severe coronavirus disease

  • 1. round ongoing people aged 18-69 with the AstraZeneca. (At the moment of vaccination, you have to be 18 years old)
  • 1. round ongoing people aged 16-under 18 with the Pfizer
  • How can I get the vaccination: Online appointment service or phone appointment service, when required.
  • Aged 16-19 only phone service.

<70-year-olds with an illness exposing to severe coronavirus disease

  • Schedule will be specified
  • How can I get the vaccination: More information will be provided.

Other employees exposed to coronavirus and other key employees from the perspective of health care resources

  • Schedule will be specified
  • How can I get the vaccination: More information will be provided.

Population

  • Schedule will be specified
  • How can I get the vaccination: More information will be provided.

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.: piia.niemimustonen@vantaa.fi, anni.paaskoski@vantaa.fi. Please note that the vaccination contact persons cannot take a stand on private persons’ inquiries.

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

  • The total number of people in these groups exceeds 100,000, if only care services for the elderly are included.
  • In the round-the-clock care facilities intended in section 1.4, the elderly are the first priority for vaccinations. The employees of home care (home service and home nursing) will not be vaccinated at this stage yet.
  • Critical personnel intended in section 1.5 refers to those hospital employees whose absence from work due to illness would jeopardise the essential function of a hospital and who are not easily replaceable by substitutes. Hospital management assesses who belongs in this group.
  • The aim is to keep the vaccinations of social welfare and health care personnel strictly limited at first, so that the vaccinations of care facility residents and personnel and the older population can be progressed quickly.

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

  • More than 26,000 in Vantaa, part in round-the-clock care (Pfizer's Biontech vaccine)
  • Estimated duration 2-3 months

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.

  • Begin from group 2.1.4. (AstraZeneca vaccine)

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

The vaccination schedule for the rest of the population will be specified later. COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered to the entire population when a sufficient number of vaccines becomes available. Children will not be vaccinated yet, as there is not yet sufficient information on the vaccinations for children.