Starting from 18 January, children aged 5 to 7 will be vaccinated at the Itäkatu Family Centre (Tallinnanaukio 1) and Kallio Family Centre (Toinen linja 4 C). The vaccination is by appointment. The quickest way to book an appointment is to visit bookcovidvaccine.fi. You can also book an appointment by calling 09 310 46300 (weekdays 8:00–16:00).
If the child has had a coronavirus infection confirmed by a laboratory test, vaccination is recommended at the earliest 6 months after the confirmed infection.
Consent of both guardians is required for vaccinating a child
Vaccination requires the consent of both guardians. If the child comes in for a vaccine only with one guardian, a written consent form signed by the absent guardian must be presented. The consent form can be printed from the THL website by clicking here (in Finnish).
Vaccination requires a valid form of ID
In order to get a vaccine, the child’s identity must be proven, for example, with an ID card or Kela card.
Children aged 5–7 will get the Biontech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine intended for this age group. More information on vaccines is available on the THL website. Getting a vaccine is voluntary and free of charge.
Pupils in grades 1–5 can get a vaccine at school or family centres
Pupils in grades 1 to 5 can get a vaccine at school starting next week. No appointment is needed for getting a vaccine at school. Pupils in grades 1 to 5 should primarily get their vaccine at school. If a guardian of a pupil in grades 3 to 5 wants to accompany the child or if the pupil is not at school at the time of the vaccination, they can get a vaccine at the Itäkatu and Kallio family centres by making an appointment.
- THL - Coronavirus vaccinations for children and young people
- COVID-19 vaccination of Helsinkians – coronavaccination-en.hel.fi
- UNICEF – How to talk to your child about COVID-19? 8 tips (in Finnish)
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