Getting the vaccine: to whom and when?
Those who are 12 years old or older are currently being vaccinated.
Updated information about the vaccination coverage per area and age group is available on THL’s website: Vaccination coverage (%) per age group in Helsinki (THL)
Third vaccine dose for people who received the first and second dose less than six weeks apart
People who received the first and second dose of the vaccine less than six weeks apart will receive a third dose of the vaccine at the vaccination points or pop-up vaccination points without an appointment. You can also book a vaccination appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by phone, tel. 09 310 46300 on weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00.
The group to be vaccinated includes people aged 85 and over. The vaccinations are administered at the vaccination points and at nursing homes. Elderly people in Helsinki will be informed about the third vaccine by SMS. Also social and health care professionals belong to this group.
Nursing home residents will be vaccinated in their nursing homes. Permission for administering the third vaccine dose will be asked from the client or their next of kin. Nursing homes will inform their residents about the vaccinations.
A third vaccine dose can be administered when at least six months have passed since the second dose. Currently, a third dose will not be administered if the person has been infected with coronavirus and has received the first two doses.
The third dose is used to strengthen and prolong the protection afforded by two doses in the case of people who have had their vaccines a long time ago and who have received their vaccines with a reduced interval of less than six weeks.
The efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine against infection and mild coronavirus disease decreases more quickly with a reduced dosing interval. The efficacy against a severe disease remains reasonably good.
As a rule, the vaccine product of the second dose will also be used for the third dose. However, another product may also be used for the third dose, if necessary. mRNA vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer are available.
As of yet, a third vaccine dose is not available for people who have received the first two doses with an interval of over six weeks. The vaccination interval will be checked at the vaccination point.
Third vaccine dose for severely immunocompromised individuals
Severely immunocompromised individuals will receive a third dose of the vaccine at the vaccination points or pop-up vaccination points without an appointment. You can also book a vaccination appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by phone, tel. 09 310 46300 on weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00.
A third dose can be given to people aged 12 years or over whose body’s immune response is severely reduced due to a disease or its treatment. A third dose is given to them because, in their case, the protection provided by the vaccine weakens more quickly than in the case of healthy people.
A third dose can be administered to severely immunocompromised individuals when at least 2 months have passed since their second vaccine dose.
According to the THL guidelines, this group includes the following diseases and conditions:
- organ transplant
- stem cell transplant
- severe to moderate congenital immunodeficiency
- immunosuppressive cancer treatment
- treatment of autoimmune diseases with immunosuppressive biologics or JAK inhibitors
- dialysis and severe chronic renal failure
- advanced or untreated HIV
- other severe immunosuppressive conditions as assessed by a physician.
The client must prove their severe immunodeficiency at the vaccination point. This can be done by a copy of their medical history or by information extracted from the My Kanta service.
The groups being vaccinated due to severe immunodeficiency are not the same as the high-risk groups 1 and 2 defined in spring.