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 now available to:

  • Espoo residents who turn 75 this year or are older than 75, i.e. residents born in or before 1946 (vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty)
    • as well as their informal carers who have received a decision on support for informal care
    • and over 65-year-olds living in the same household
    • We estimate that we can invite 70-74-year-olds for vaccination in early April.
  • Persons aged 18–69, i.e. people born between 1952 and 2003, who have a medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease (vaccine: AstraZeneca Covid-19). 
  • Home care clients who turn 70 this year or are older than 70 and are unable to visit a vaccination site, and over 70-year-olds living in the same household. (vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty)

Initially, Finland will only receive a limited number of vaccines, which is why at first we can only provide vaccines to specific target groups. At the moment, there are two different coronavirus vaccines available in Espoo: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and AstraZeneca Covid-19. People over the age of 70 will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine. In accordance with the instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine can be at the moment administered to people aged 18–69 but not to over 70-year-olds. For this reason, we will start vaccinating risk groups alongside the elderly.

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. According to estimates, we can start vaccinating our personnel and residents on a larger scale in the spring of 2021.

Vaccination appointments

At the moment, vaccination appointments can be booked by

  • people who turn 75 this year or are older than 75 (i.e. people born in or before 1946) as well as their informal carers who have received a decision on support for informal care. Over 65-year-olds living in the same household can also book an appointment.
  • persons aged 18–69 (i.e. people born between 1952 and 2003) who have a medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease.  
  • Home care staff will personally agree on vaccination at home with home care clients who turn 70 this year or are older that 70 and are unable to visit a vaccination site.

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:

  • You can book an appointment through the online system at bookcovidvaccine.fi.
    • At this stage, appointments are only available to people born in or before 1946 and persons aged 18–69 who have a medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease. Persons aged 18-19, i.e. people born between 2002 and 2003, who have a medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease, can book their vaccination appointment at the moment only by phone.
    • 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 and over 65-year-olds living in the same household can only book their appointments by phone.
    • For now, persons aged 18-19, born between 2002 and 2003,  who have a medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease can only book their appointments by phone.

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.

There are currently four vaccination sites in Espoo:

  • Tapiola Health Centre (address: Ahertajantie 2), vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty
  • Iso Omena shopping centre, 2nd floor (address: Suomenlahdentie 1), vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and AstraZeneca Covid-19.
    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), vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and AstraZeneca Covid-19.
  • Metro Areena vaccination site (address Urheilupuistontie 3 ), vaccine: AstraZeneca Covid-19. 

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 We estimate that vaccinations will start at the beginning of April.
Vaccination appointments cannot yet be booked.
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 booking is open for the whole risk group online 26.2. and by phone 1.3.
People under the age of 70 with a medical condition that increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease. Vaccinations have not started.
Vaccination appointments cannot yet be booked.

Home care clients

Vaccinations started to home care clients who turn 70 this year and are unable to visit a vaccination site, and over 70-year-olds living in the same household in week 7.
Other residents (aged 16 and older) Vaccinations have not started.
Vaccination appointments cannot yet be booked.

Further information about the vaccines