18 800 Helsinkians took the influenza vaccine during the first vaccination week. In total already 45 00 appointments have been booked. Vaccinations are given until 4.12.
Because of huge demand, influenza vaccinations are continued at Jätkäsaari, Munkkiniemi and Kustaankartano vaccination points 30.11–4.12. Vaccinations are given Monday–Thursday 8–16 and on Friday 8–15. The appointment booking for the extra week opens on Thursday 19.11.
Influenza vaccinations are also given at all vaccination points the following Saturday, 21.11 at 8–16. Vaccinations appointments can be booked for Saturday from Tuesday 17.11 onwards.
This year vaccinations are given with appointment only. The customers have given good feedback regarding e.g. good practical arrangements and kind staff.
– Helsinkians have been very active in booking vaccination appointments. Based on the booked appointments we have already reached our target of 45 000 vaccinated people. We have reserved vaccines for everyone belonging to a risk group and there’s enough of the vaccines, says nurse Minni Minkkinen.
– The demand has unfortunately led to delays in the phone appointment booking and the call-back service is still delayed. We will, however, call back everyone. We recommend booking the appointment online if possible, Minkkinen continues.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic it's this year especially important that as many as possible get the influenza vaccine.
– The influenza vaccine protects against influenza, but also against its serious forms and sequela. It’s recommended to have the vaccination to protect both yourself and people near you, specialist Elina Erra explains.
– With the active vaccination we try and make the influenza season as easy as possible, Erra continues.
People in risk groups and their close ones can book an appointment for a free-of-charge influenza vaccine either electronically on influenzavaccination.hel.fi or by phone on weekdays 8–16, tel. 09 310 46300.Read more about the influenza vaccinations of Helsinkians on inlfuenzavaccination.hel.fi.
Picture: Virpi Velin