Risk groups are prioritised to receive the influenza vaccine

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2020-11-27 14:26

Espoo has acquired approximately the same number of influenza vaccines as last year, but the demand for vaccines has grown. Therefore, unfortunately, there may not be enough vaccines for everyone who wants one. We are trying to obtain more vaccines, but in the meantime we will prioritise the recipients of the vaccine so that as many of the people in risk groups as possible will get vaccinated against influenza.

The vaccines are prioritised for

  • pregnant women
  • children aged under 7
  • everyone aged 65 and over
  • 7–64-year-olds who belong to risk groups due to an illness
  • persons starting their military service
  • personnel and students in the social welfare and health care sector

In addition, vaccines are reserved for individuals living in the same household with a person who has severe immunodeficiency or a severe illness or who is over 65 years of age, under 6 months of age or pregnant.

If there are still vaccines left after these groups have received one, then the people who are in close contact with people in risk groups will be vaccinated. We will report on the development of the vaccine situation during the winter.

If you come to the appointment and it turns out that you do not belong to a risk group, we will unfortunately not be able to vaccinate you until those who belong to risk groups and wish to receive the vaccine have been vaccinated.

Cancel your vaccination appointment if you do not belong to a risk group

If you do not belong to a risk group, but you have booked a vaccination appointment, you can cancel it at espoo.terveytesi.fi. or by calling

Children and young people will receive the vaccine as a nasal spray

The influenza vaccine can be administered by injection or nasal spray. The nasal spray vaccine is suitable for children and young people aged 2 to 17. To ensure that there are enough injectable vaccines for older people, children and young people aged 2 to 17 will primarily get the nasal spray vaccine.

For the time being, a single dose of influenza vaccine will be administered to those who are entitled to the vaccine, regardless of their previous influenza vaccinations. One dose is enough to protect a person against influenza. Additional doses may be administered later if there are vaccines left after all the risk groups have been vaccinated.

A person visiting a child health clinic or a school nurse with their child will only get vaccinated if he or she belongs to one of the risk groups listed above.

By 16 November, a total of 36,647 people have been vaccinated in Espoo. During the vaccination season 2019–2020, a total of 65,600 people received the vaccine.  

Thank you for your understanding in this exceptional situation. Together we can make sure that as many of the people in risk groups as possible are protected against influenza.