Coronavirus vaccinations in Espoo

On this page, we provide information about the progress of coronavirus vaccinations and appointment booking in Espoo. Follow our news at the bottom of this page.

Vaccination order

The vaccine is available to:

  • Espoo residents who turn 45 this year or are older than 45, i.e. residents born in or before 1976. In addition, we will vaccinate the informal carers of persons who turn 70 this year or are older than 70, who have received a decision on support for informal care.
  • Risk groups 1 and 2: (determined by THL): Persons aged 16–69, i.e. people born between 1952 and 2005, who have a medical condition that increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease Your right to receive the vaccine will be checked at the vaccination site through the Kanta service or the City of Espoo patient information system. If a person to be vaccinated is not a client of the City of Espoo’s Social and Health Services with regard to their condition or there is no access to the data in the Kanta service, they will be asked to show proof of a disease or medical condition that increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease, for example a copy of their medical record.
    • Please note: You must be at least 16 years old to receive the vaccine.

According to the recommendation, the first ones to be vaccinated are the people with the greatest risk of developing a severe or fatal form of the coronavirus disease and people with a significant risk of encountering the virus at work. The rest of the population will be offered the vaccine after these groups. 

When is it my turn to get the coronavirus vaccine? - An estimate

Please note that this is an estimate! The accuracy of the estimate depends on how many vaccines Espoo receives and how many people decide to get vaccinated.The schedule may change.  

  • people who turn 45–49 this year (born 1972–1976) – Week 19 (10 May->). Appointment booking started 7 May. 
  • people who turn 40–44 this year (born 1977–1981) – Week 22 (31 May->)
  • people who turn 35–39 this year (born 1982–1986) – Week 23 (7 June->)
  • people who turn 30–34 this year (born 1987–1991) – Week 25 (21 June->)
  • people who turn 25–29 this year (born 1992–1996) – Week 26 (28 June->)
  • people who turn 20–24 this year (born 1997–2001) – Week 28 (12 July->)
  • People who have turned 16 or turn 17–19 this year (born 2002–2005) – Week 29 (19 July ->) Please note: You must be at least 16 years old to receive the vaccine.

Please follow this page to see when appointment booking starts for different age groups. 

Vaccines

Two coronavirus vaccines are currently available in Espoo: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and AstraZeneca Vaxzevria. According to the recommendation of THL the vaccines will be administered as follows:

Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine:               

  • people who turn 70 this year or are older than 70
  • people who turn 45-64 this year
  • 16–64-year-olds who belong to risk groups 1 and 2

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine:

  • people who turn 65–69 this year who belong to risk groups 1 and 2
  • people who turn 65–69 this year. 

From the beginning of May, 65-69-year-olds may also choose to have Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine instead of Astra Zeneca Vaxzevria. 

Second dose

  • THL recommends that 65–69-year-olds who have received the first dose of the Vaxzevria vaccine will also get a second dose of Vaxzevria. 
  • Under 65-year-olds (i.e. those born in or after 1957) who have received the first dose of the Vaxzevria vaccine will get the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine as their second dose.
  • People who have had  the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine will  have Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine as the second dose as well.

 You can read more about the coronavirus vaccines on the THL website.

Vaccination of people who have had coronavirus disease

As a general rule, people who have had the coronavirus disease are vaccinated six months after contracting the disease. You can book a vaccination appointment six months after a positive coronavirus test result if it is your turn to get vaccinated.

According to the current instructions, people who have had the coronavirus disease also get two doses of the vaccine. If you contract the coronavirus after getting the first dose, you will get the second dose six months after the positive test result.

Based on current knowledge, most of those who have had the coronavirus disease are immune to the disease for at least six months. For this reason, people who have had the coronavirus disease do not need to be vaccinated very urgently.

People who have severe immunodeficiency or use biological medication for rheumatoid arthritis may receive the vaccine approximately three months after a positive coronavirus test result.

Vaccination appointments

You can book a vccination appointment if it's your turn. Please see the list above.  You must book a separate vaccination appointment for each person, but the appointments may be back to back. 

If you belong to the above-mentioned groups:

  • Book an appointment through the online system at bookcovidvaccine.fi.
    • New appointments will become available as we get new batches of vaccines. If there are no appointments available, please try again later.
    • At this point, you can only book an appointment to get the first dose of the vaccine. The appointment for the second dose will be booked in connection with your first vaccination. Later, people can book both appointments through the online system.
    • You can book an appointment on behalf of an elderly person if you have an authorized mandate to do so. You can grant someone a mandate to act on your behalf via Suomi.fi online service. Both the person granting the mandate and the person to whom the mandate is granted need online banking credentials or mobile ID for identification. At Suomi.fi, the mandate in question is called ‘managing matters related to healthcare. Please see this link for more information about Suomi.fi e-Authorizations.
  • If you want to book an appointment by phone, call our number 09 816 34800 (Mon–Fri 8:00–18:00) and leave a call-back request.
    • Please only call us once and wait for our call. We will return calls as vaccination appointments become available. Some callers may have to wait for our call for a week or more as we will only return calls when there are vaccination appointments available.
    • For now, informal carers can only book their appointments by phone.
    • Text message service for the deaf and hard of hearing, tel. 040 639 3945.

Appointments will only be booked for those whose turn it is. If you do not belong to any of the above-mentioned groups, we ask you to wait for your turn and not to call our appointment booking number, to avoid overburdening our telephone service. You can book a vaccination appointment by phone only by calling the appointment booking number. Please do not try to book a coronavirus vaccination appointment by calling other City of Espoo numbers or services.

Cancelling a booked appointment

You will receive a confirmation message on your appointments by email or text message. The message includes instructions for changing the appointment date. The confirmation message contains the required link, appointment ID and a PIN.

If you cancel your first vaccine appointment, your appointment for the booster dose will also be cancelled and you need to book new appointments for both. 

You can use the appointment ID and PIN also to cancel or reschedule only the second appointment. In the booking system, you can choose a new date within the range of 11 weeks to 12 weeks and 5 days from the first vaccine.

If your scheduled appointment is less than 5 hours away, you can only cancel by phone.

Booking the second vaccination

If you have already received the first vaccine dose, but you have not booked an appointment for the booster dose yet, you can book an appointment for the booster within the range of 11 weeks to 12 weeks and 5 days from the first vaccine.  

There are currently four vaccination sites in Espoo:

  • Tapiola Health Centre (address: Ahertajantie 2)
  • Iso Omena shopping centre, 2nd floor (address: Suomenlahdentie 1)
    The vaccination site is located on the second floor of the shopping centre, below the Iso Omena Service Centre. The best way to find the vaccination site is to enter the shopping centre from the main entrance on the metro side of the building on Piispansilta. We recommend that people arriving by car drive to the parking garage via Suomenlahdentie. Parking is free for customers for the first two hours.
  • Lintuvaara (address: Veräjäkallionkatu 3)
  • Metro Areena vaccination site (address Urheilupuistontie 3 )

If you are unable to use public transport for health reasons or if public transport is not available, you can claim reimbursement from Kela for the costs of a taxi trip to a coronavirus vaccination site. Read more Kela provides reimbursements for the costs of travel to coronavirus vaccination sites.

We will keep providing up-to-date information about the progress of vaccinations

We will continue vaccinations as we receive more vaccines in Espoo. Vaccination schedules in Espoo depend on when different vaccines obtain marketing authorisation, how quickly pharmaceutical companies are able to produce vaccines and how quickly vaccines are delivered to Finland.

In addition to our website, we will provide information on vaccinations in local media, such as the Länsiväylä newspaper. We will send a letter by post to all Espoo residents who turn 70 this year or are older than 70, containing vaccination information and appointment booking instructions.

  • The vaccine is available to everyone who wants it.
  • The vaccines and vaccination are free of charge for everyone.
  • The vaccination is voluntary.

Click the heading below for further information on the progress of vaccinations.

The progress of vaccinations

Vaccinations for social welfare and health care personnel

Personnel of inpatient wards and emergency wards treating coronavirus patients, and emergency care personnel Vaccinations started in week 1.
Personnel of infectious diseases units treating coronavirus patients, and coronavirus testing personnel Vaccinations started in week 2.
Personnel of round-the-clock care facilities for the elderly Vaccinations started in week 2.

Home care personnel

Vaccinations started in week 4.
Other personnel of social welfare housing services and institutional care units with enhanced services (e.g. housing services for persons with disabilities) Vaccinations have not started. Vaccination invitations will be sent through supervisors.
Other personnel

Vaccinations have not started.

Vaccinations for Espoo residents

Residents in round-the-clock care facilities for the elderly Vaccinations started in week 2.
People aged 85 and older Vaccinations started in week 4. Appointments can be booked.
People aged 80–84 Vaccinations started in week 6.
Appointments can be booked.
People aged 75–79 Vaccinations started in week 9. 
People aged 70–74 Vaccinations started in week 11.
People under the age of 70 with a medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease.
  • Vaccinations started and appointments became available to people aged 60–69 in week 7 and for people aged 50-59 in week 8.
  • Appointment bookingstarted for the whole risk group on week 8
People under the age of 70 with a medical condition that increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease.
  • Vaccinations for 50-69-years-old started on week 11.
  • Appointment booking for the wohe risk group started on week 12

Home care clients

Vaccinations to home care clients who turn 70 this year or are older and are unable to visit a vaccination site, over 70-year-olds living in the same household with them and  informal carers of persons who turn 70 this year or are older than 70, who have received a decision on support for informal care started  in week 7.
Other residents (aged 16 and older)
  • Appointment booking for 65-69-year-olds started on week 14
  • Appointment booking for 60-64-year-olds started on week 15.
  • Appointment booking for 55-59-year-olds started on week 16
  • Appointment booking for 50-59-year-olds started on 29.4., on week 17.
  • Appointment booking for 45-49-year-olds started on 7,5,

For other persons, vaccination appointments cannot yet be booked.

Further information about the vaccines