The lobby greeter holds open the door for a person who is going to get vaccinated.

Coronavirus vaccinations begin for Helsinki residents aged 40–44

The persons next in line for coronavirus vaccination in Helsinki are 40–44-year-olds, i.e., those born in 1977–1981.

The booking service will open on Tuesday, 18 May. You can make a vaccination appointment online at bookcovidvaccine.fi or by calling the appointment booking line 09 310 46300.

The fastest way to book an appointment is to use the online service. The appointment booking number is available on weekdays 08:00–18:00. Information on the start of the vaccinations is also published e.g. in newspapers.

Vaccinations are being carried out at the vaccination points of Jätkäsaari, Messukeskus, Malmi and Myllypuro.

More details on coronavirus vaccinations in Helsinki vaccinations are available on the coronavaccination-en.hel.fi pages.

More age groups will be covered as more vaccine doses become available

Vaccines will be administered in Helsinki without delay as they become available. At the moment, more than 230,000 Helsinki residents have received their first vaccine jab.

According to Helsinki City Hospital’s Medical Director Laura Pikkarainen, some benefits are already evident.

“For example, among nursing home residents who received both vaccine doses in January–February, no coronavirus infections have been discovered since the beginning of April. Restrictions on nursing home visits have also been loosened. This is a concrete example that gives us all hope of a return to more normal day-to-day living as the vaccinations proceed,” Pikkarainen says

“Even though vaccination coverage among the elderly is excellent, the younger age groups will be the deciding factor in terms of overall coverage and the development of the epidemic in the months to come.”

Pikkarainen also points out that, even though vaccinations are progressing and case numbers are fairly low, everyone still needs to stay motivated and observe the coronavirus protection guidelines.

“Hand hygiene, safe distances, mask usage, staying home when ill and getting tested as necessary are still things we need to keep in mind – even those of us who are already vaccinated,” Pikkarainen says emphatically.

The City of Helsinki uses two different vaccines. People aged 16–64-year-old are currently being given the Pfizer vaccine. At present, people aged 65 years old and over are vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine or, if they wish, the Pfizer vaccine. The selection can be made via both online and telephone appointments. The specific type of vaccine cannot be chosen at the vaccination point.

Two shots of the vaccines are administered. The vaccine jabs will be administered at an interval of 12 weeks, in accordance with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s recommendation. The vaccine is free of charge and voluntary.

Persons who have already had COVID-19 are offered the vaccine after at least six months have passed from the onset of symptoms or the diagnosis of the illness.

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