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Getting the vaccine: to whom and when?

Third vaccination for people aged 18 and older
Third vaccine dose for severely immunocompromised individuals
Fourth vaccine to those aged 18 to 69 who belong to risk groups
Fourth vaccine to persons aged 65 or over who need help from another person to cope with everyday life
Fourth vaccine to 60–79-year-olds
Fourth vaccine to persons aged 70 or over who belong to risk groups
Fourth vaccine for people aged 80 and elderly residents of nursing homes
Fourth vaccine dose for severely immunocompromised individuals
Fifth vaccine dose for severely immunocompromised individuals
Severely immunocompromised individuals
Vaccination for those who have recovered from COVID-19

Everyone over the age of 5 can get vaccinated. 

Vaccinations for each age group

People aged 60 or older

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

Without appointment

Without appointment 6–12 weeks after the first vaccine

Without appointment 3 months after the second jab
For 60–79-year-olds,   only with an appointment, 3 months after the third dose.
For people aged 65 and older
 who need help from another person to cope with everyday life, without an appointment, 3 months after the third dose.
For people aged 70 and older who belong to risk groups, without an appointment, 3 months after the third dose.
For people aged 80 and older
without appointment, 3 months after the third dose, also offered to elderly residents of nursing homes.


18–69-year-olds belonging to risk groups

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

Without appointment

Without appointment 6–12 weeks after the first vaccine

Without appointment 3 months after the second jab
Only with an appointment, 3 months after the third dose


People aged 18–59 years with no underlying illnesses

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

Without appointment
Without appointment 6–12 weeks after the first vaccine
Without appointment 4 months after the second jab
Not offered


People aged 12 or older suffering from severe immunodeficiency

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

5 vaccine

Without appointment
Without appointment 6–12 weeks after the first vaccine
Without appointment 2 months after the second jab
Without appointment 3–4 months after the third jab
Without appointment 34–6 months after the fourth jab


12–17-year-olds who belong to risk groups

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

Without appointment
Without appointment 6–12 weeks after the first vaccine
Without appointment earliest 6 months after second one
Not offered


12–17-year-olds with no underlying illnesses

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

Without appointment
Without appointment 6–12 weeks after the first vaccine
Without appointment minimum 6 months after first one if it is necessary for a specific reason, for example for a vaccination certficate Not offered


5–11-year-olds belonging to risk groups

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

Children aged 5–7 years old by appointment www.maisa.fi or tel. 09 310 55530, at the Malmi and Pitäjänmäki Maternity and Child Health Clinics and the Itäkatu and Kallio Family Centres
Children aged 5–7 years old by appointment www.maisa.fi or tel. 09 310 55530, at the Malmi and Pitäjänmäki Maternity and Child Health Clinics and the Itäkatu and Kallio Family Centres 6–12 weeks after the first jab
Not offered yet
Not offered

Children in grades 1–5 will be vaccinated at Jätkäsaari and Malmi vaccination points, by appointment only  Children in grades 1–5 will be vaccinated at Jätkäsaari and Malmi vaccination points, by appointment only 
Not offered yet
Not offered


5–11-year-olds with no underlying illnesses

1 vaccine

2 vaccine

3 vaccine

4 vaccine

Children aged 5–7-years-old by appointment www.maisa.fi or tel. 09 310 55530, at the Malmi and Pitäjänmäki Maternity and Child Health Clinics and the Itäkatu and Kallio Family Centres
Children aged 5–7-years-old by appointment www.maisa.fi or tel. 09 310 55530, at the Malmi and Pitäjänmäki Maternity and Child Health Clinics and the Itäkatu and Kallio Family Centres 6–12 weeks after the first jab
Not offered

Not offered

Children in grades 1–5 will be vaccinated at Jätkäsaari and Malmi vaccination points, by appointment only 
Children in grades 1–5 will be vaccinated at Jätkäsaari and Malmi vaccination points, by appointment only
Not offered
Not offered


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 vaccination for 12–17-year-olds

A third dose of the coronavirus vaccine is being given to persons age 12 or older who belong to risk groups 1 and 2. The third dose can be given to people at highest risk from coronavirus at the earliest 6 months after the second dose. People who have recovered from COVID-19 and received two doses do not currently need a third dose for protection.

A third dose may also be given to other people aged 12–17 if it is necessary for special reasons, such as a vaccination certificate. In this case, the third vaccine dose should be given at least six months after the second dose.

The vaccine is given without an appointment at the vaccination points. You can also book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00).

Third vaccination for people aged 18 and older 

Helsinki is administering the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 18 and above and to groups of people susceptible to coronavirus (risk groups 1 and 2). Residents of institutions and nursing homes will also receive the third dose.

The third dose is given without appointment for people who have turned 18 at all vaccination points.

You can also book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri at 8:00–16:00). Before booking an appointment, make sure that enough time has passed since your second vaccine dose.

Third vaccine dose for severely immunocompromised individuals

Severely immunocompromised individuals will receive a third dose of the vaccine at the vaccination points without an appointment. You can also book an 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.

Fourth vaccine to those aged 18 to 69 who belong to risk groups

The fourth vaccination dose is given to those aged 18 to 69 who belong to risk groups 1 and 2. The fourth dose can be administered when at least three months have passed since receiving the third dose.

The vaccine is given with appointment at the vaccination points. You can book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling tel. 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00).

Currently, a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will not be administered if the person has received three doses of the vaccine and has been infected with coronavirus.

Fourth vaccine to persons aged 65 or over who need help from another person to cope with everyday life

The fourth vaccination dose is given to persons aged 65 or over who need help from another person to cope with everyday life. The fourth dose can be administered when at least three months have passed since receiving the third dose.

The vaccine is given without an appointment at the vaccination points. You can also book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling tel. 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00).

Currently, a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will not be administered if the elderly person has received three doses of the vaccine and has been infected with coronavirus.

Fourth vaccine to 60–79-year-olds

The fourth vaccination dose is given to 60–79-year-olds. The fourth dose can be administered when at least three months have passed since receiving the third dose.

The vaccine is given with an appointment at the vaccination points. You can book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling tel. 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00).

Currently, a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will not be administered if the elderly person has received three doses of the vaccine and has been infected with coronavirus.

Fourth vaccine to persons aged 70 or over who belong to risk groups

The fourth vaccination dose is given to persons aged 70 or over who belong to risk groups 1 and 2. The fourth dose can be administered when at least three months have passed since receiving the third dose.

The vaccine is given without an appointment at the vaccination points. You can also book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling tel. 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00).

Currently, a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will not be administered if the elderly person has received three doses of the vaccine and has been infected with coronavirus.

Fourth vaccine for people aged 80 and elderly residents of nursing homes

The fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine is given to people who are aged 80 or older. They can get the fourth vaccine dose without an appointment and it can be administered when at least three months have passed since the third dose.

You can also book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi. You can also book an appointment by calling tel. 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00).

Fourth vaccine doses are also offered to elderly residents of nursing homes.

Currently, a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will not be administered if the elderly person has received three doses of the vaccine and has been infected with coronavirus.

Fourth vaccine dose for severely immunocompromised individuals

Severely immunocompromised individuals will receive a fourth dose of the vaccine at the vaccination points without an appointment. You can also book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by phone, tel. 09 310 46300 on weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00.

The fourth dose can be given 3–4 months after the third dose.

Fifth vaccine dose for severely immunocompromised individuals

Severely immunocompromised individuals will receive a fifth dose of the vaccine at the vaccination points without an appointment. You can also book an appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by phone, tel. 09 310 46300 on weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00.

The fifth dose can be given 4–6 months after the fourth dose.

Severely immunocompromised individuals

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.

For a more detailed description of the diseases and conditions included in this group, see this link

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 2021.

Vaccination for those who have recovered from COVID-19

First dose

Those aged 18 and older who have recovered from COVID-19 should get the first vaccination dose only after a minimum of 2 months after recovery.

Those under the age of 18 can be vaccinated 4–6 months after recovery.

Second vaccination dose

For those aged 60 years or older and in at-risk groups who have recovered from COVID-19, a second dose may be administered a minimum of 3 months after the first dose or recovery (whichever is the latest).

Those aged 18 years who have recovered from COVID-19 get a second dose when at least 4 months have passed since the first dose or the recovery (whichever is the latest).

If a person under the age of 18 has been diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infection less than 6 weeks after the first dose, a second dose is recommended at the earliest 4 to 6 months after the infection. If there is a gap of more than 6 weeks between the first dose and the infection, the second dose is not necessary for protection.

Third vaccination dose

For a person who has recovered from COVID-19, a third dose may be administered a minimum of 3 months after recovery or the second dose if

  • the person is at least 12 years old and is suffering from severe immunodeficiency
  • the person is at least 80 years old
  • the person is an elderly nursing home resident
  • the person is an elderly home care or informal care customer or an elderly person with reduced health and functional capacity who needs assistance at home
  • the person is 70–79 years old and belongs to risk group 1 or risk group 2.

Other people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received two doses do not need a third dose to get vaccine protection. However, if necessary, a third dose may be given for travelling or other weighty reasons.

Fourth vaccine dose

We do not administer fourth doses of the vaccine to persons who have received three doses and, in addition, recovered from a coronavirus infection, as having suffered the disease is equivalent to receiving one vaccine dose. Note that the interval between getting vaccinated and suffering a COVID-19 infection must be at least 6 weeks for the infection to be considered as equivalent to a dose of the vaccine.

Corona vaccinations for those who have had the disease twice

For those who have had COVID-19 twice, both cases are counted as one vaccine dose, when there are more than 3 months between the cases and more than 6 weeks between contracting the disease and the vaccine. For a member of the target group of three vaccine doses, who has had the disease twice, one dose of the vaccine is enough. Two doses of the vaccine will suffice for persons who belong to the target group of the fourth dose of the vaccine and have been infected with corona twice.

More information

Coronavirus information in different languages (Finnish institute for health and welfare)



12.08.2022 10:52