Vaccinations of risk groups and over 70-year-olds continue in Espoo – as of 30 March, we will also start vaccinating 65–69-year-olds who do not belong to risk groups

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2021-03-26 15:56

Appointment booking has been reopened for 18–69-year-olds who belong to risk group 1 or 2 determined by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). There are plenty of vaccination appointments available, especially for the week after Easter.

The use of the AstraZeneca vaccine will also continue in Espoo as of 30 March. As recommended by THL, 65–69-year-olds will be given the AstraZeneca vaccine. As of 30 March, 65–69-year-olds (i.e. people born between 1952 and 1956) who do not belong to risk groups, can also book an appointment.

Two coronavirus vaccines are currently available in Espoo: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and AstraZeneca Covid-19. According to the joint recommendation of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), THL and municipalities, the vaccines will be administered as of 29 March as follows:

Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine:               

  • people who turn 70 this year or are older than 70
  • 18–64-year-olds who belong to risk groups 1 and 2
  • 16–17-year-olds who belong to risk group 1.

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine:

  • 65–69-year-olds who belong to risk groups 1 and 2
  • other 65–69-year-olds. Appointment booking for this group is scheduled to open on 30 March 2021 at 10:00.

In accordance with the THL guidelines, the person being vaccinated cannot choose which of the vaccines is used in their vaccination. All the vaccines that are used are safe and effective. You can read more about the coronavirus vaccines on the THL website.

We will provide information later on how to proceed with the second dose if you have already received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and are under 65 years of age.

Book an appointment online

The easiest way to book a vaccination appointment is to use the online system at bookcovidvaccine.fi.  New appointments will become available when we know for sure when new batches of vaccines are coming. If there are no appointments available, please try again later, for example a few days later.

The online appointment booking system will verify that it is your turn to get vaccinated based on your age or medical condition. 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 significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease, for example a copy of their medical record.

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. We will call people in the queue as new appointments become available. Some callers may have to wait for our call for several days or a week as we only return calls when there are vaccination appointments available.

The vaccine is given in two separate doses. If you are unable to book both appointments at the same time, we will book your second appointment in connection with your first vaccination. The second dose will be given approximately 12 weeks after the first dose.

Social welfare and health care personnel are next in line to get vaccinated

After the elderly and the risk groups, Espoo will start vaccinating social welfare and health care personnel in accordance with the vaccination order determined by THL. It is estimated that this will take place in mid-April. Based on the current estimate, we can start vaccinating the rest of the population in May. We will provide information later once the schedule and vaccination order have been confirmed.

You can find up-to-date information about coronavirus vaccinations, the progress of vaccinations and vaccination sites in Espoo on our website at espoo.fi/coronavaccination.