Information about corona vaccinations in different languages
The City of Helsinki has published coronavirus guidelines in several languages:
- Koronavirus selkokielellä (THL) (in Finnish)
- Koroonaviirus – Eesti keel (in Estonian)
- Korona fayraska – Soomali (in Somali)
- Kоронавирусная инфекция – Pусский (in Russian)
- فيروس كورونا (in Arabic)
Vaccines in use
The Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are currently available for people aged 12 or older.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently used in people aged 65 years and older. People aged 65 years old and older can choose the Pfizer vaccine, instead of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The time between the first and second vaccine dose is 6–12 weeks.
- In the electronic appointment booking you can choose the Pfizer vaccine when choosing a vaccination point.
- When booking an appointment by phone, the choice is made by saying you want the Pfizer vaccine.
- You can also choose the Pfizer vaccine at the vaccination point if you go to the vaccination without appointment.
In accordance with the precautionary principle, the AstraZeneca vaccine is currently not used in people aged 65 years and older who have a history of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS), Capillary Leak Syndrome, Sinus Thrombosis or Heparin-associated Thrombocytopenia (HIT).
Vaccination is free and voluntary.
NB: Persons who have already had COVID-19 are offered the vaccine after at least two months have passed from the date the symptoms started or the date you took your positive coronavirus test.
If you are 65 years of age or older and have received AstraZeneca as your first dose, the booster dose will also be AstraZeneca. This is also recommended by the National Institute for Health and Welfare.
If a person refuses to take the AstraZeneca vaccine for their second dose, they may choose to receive the Pfizer vaccine instead. In this case, they should be prepared that the new period will be extended, i.e. that the vaccination interval may be longer than 12 weeks. When changing the vaccine type, the existing time in the system must be cancelled from the booking number and a new time requested for the Pfizer vaccine. It is also possible to change the second dose to the Pfizer vaccine at the vaccination point.
It is currently not possible to change the vaccine type through the electronic booking system for the 2nd dose.
Switching the second dose to a mRNA vaccine is possible for those who have had a severe allergic reaction (called an anaphylactic reaction) to the first vaccination, or have a history of sinus thrombosis, a type of stroke, or heparin-associated thrombocytopenia (HIT).
People under the age of 65 years who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will receive a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Individuals who have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will receive a second dose with the same vaccine.
The recommendation is that the booster vaccine is taken 6–12 weeks after the first vaccine. An already booked appointment can be changed at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling the appointment booking for coronavirus vaccines, tel. 09 310 46300 (weekdays 8–18). Helsinkians can now make the appointment for the second vaccine earlier, after 6 weeks instead of the previous 12 weeks.