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Vaccinations for children and young people

Receiving the vaccine
Vaccines
Efficacy of the vaccines

How do I act at the vaccination point?

COVID-19 vaccinations are offered for children aged 5 and older, since vaccinations protect children and their families and friends, especially against severe forms of the coronavirus disease. See more information about coronavirus vaccinations for children and young people on THL's website.

Even children and young people may suffer from ‘long COVID,’ a condition where the symptoms are prolonged. However, there is still little research data available on this subject. Furthermore, a severe systemic inflammatory response has been recorded as a rare secondary disease of COVID-19 for children and young people.

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary and free of charge.

Receiving the vaccine

Vaccinations for 5-7-year-olds

5–7-year-olds are vaccinated by appointment at the Malmi and Pitäjänmäki Maternity and Child Health Clinics and the Itäkatu and Kallio Family Centres. The time for vaccination can be booked at www.maisa.fi or via the maternity and child health clinics' time booking on 09 310 55530 (weekdays from 8:00–14:00).

Vaccination requires the permission of the guardians. The consent for the vaccination can be given with this form. The guardians can give their consent with different forms.

Vaccinations for 1st to 5th graders

Vaccinations are offered to 1st–5th-graders only by appointment. Vaccinations are given at Jätkäsaari and Malmi vaccination points.

You can book a vaccination appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling the service number, tel. 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri at 8:00–16:00).

If a child has been diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infection, it is recommended that the child be vaccinated no earlier than 4-6 months after the confirmed infection.

Vaccination requires the permission of all guardians. The consent can be given with this form. The guardians' consents can be given with different forms.

Persons aged 12 and older

Persons aged 12 and older can receive the vaccine at the vaccination points of Jätkäsaari and Malmi or at pop-up vaccination points. You can book a vaccination appointment in advance or walk in without an appointment.

If a young person has received the first dose in another municipality, they can also receive the second dose in Helsinki. You can get the second dose without an appointment. Other people from outside Helsinki, such as international students, can also receive their vaccinations in Helsinki (either the full vaccination series or the second dose).

Underage persons may decide on whether or not to take the COVID-19 vaccine if a health care professional deems them capable of making the decision, based on age and developmental level. This assessment is made at the vaccination point. In the event that a young person cannot decide on the vaccination, written consent from both parents/guardians is required for the vaccination decision. Consent is given using the following PDF form: Parents or guardians’ consent to a coronavirus vaccine

You can book a vaccination appointment at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling the service number, tel. 09 310 46300 (Mon–Fri at 8:00–16:00).

Vaccines

The mRNA vaccines used for children and young people include the Comirnaty vaccine by BioNTech-Pfizer and the Spikevax vaccine by Moderna.

The mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 are based on technology that has been being developed since the 1990s. The mRNA vaccines contain messenger RNA (mRNA), which prompts the muscle cells at the injection spot to produce the active substance of the vaccine.

The mRNA vaccines contain messenger RNA (mRNA), which prompts the muscle cells at the injection spot to produce an active substance, in this case, a surface protein of the coronavirus.

The body’s immune system identifies this spike protein as foreign and starts producing an antibody to fight it. This way, your body learns to fight the coronavirus proper if it enters your body.

Read more: mRNA vaccines: FAQ

Efficacy of the vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccination offers protection against the coronavirus disease and in particular its severe variations. There is little difference in the efficacy of the vaccines being used in Finland. The protection provided by the full vaccination series is excellent against severe forms of the disease.

The COVID-19 vaccines also prevent the viral infection, the secretion of the virus, and the virus spreading from one person to another. Therefore, it is commonly believed that the COVID-19 vaccines can also contribute to the creation of ‘indirect protection.’

However, the COVID-19 vaccines do not completely eliminate the risk of infection and transmission of the disease. Therefore, it is important that even those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination also maintain physical distances, wear a mask, wash their hands, and follow other guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

Read more: Efficacy of vaccines against COVID-19

How do I act at the vaccination point?

It’s safe to visit the vaccination points. Remember the following when visiting the vaccination points:

  • Don’t attend your vaccination appointment if you have symptoms of coronavirus. Typical symptoms are fever, cough, a sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle ache, nausea and deterioration of general health. Loss of smell and taste is a quite typical symptom.
  • Please dress so that it is easy to access your shoulder.
  • Please be prepared to verify your identity with an ID card or similar and take it out while you are waiting.
  • Use a face mask.
  • Take care of your hand hygiene.
  • Keep a safe distance to others.
  • Avoid using strong perfumes.
  • Be prepared to stay for monitoring for at least 15 minutes after the vaccination.
  • If you have recently been abroad, the health safety instructions for coming to Finland must be followed. See here for more information on how to proceed after entry.

Additional information

You can read more about disinformation regarding health and medication in an article by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: Look for these signs to identify false information online



28.06.2022 11:00