Vaccinations to start for nursing home residents and staff

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2021-01-12 18:17

Vaccinations against the coronavirus continue in Espoo. This week, we will start vaccinating residents and staff at nursing homes for the elderly . We will also start vaccinating staff at the Samaria infection unit, coronavirus testing staff and emergency care staff. Last week, vaccinations were given to staff at Espoo Hospital

According to the order of priority specified by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), residents in round-the-clock care facilities are among the first groups to be vaccinated in addition to health care personnel caring for coronavirus patients and personnel of round-the-clock care facilities. 

There are nearly 40 nursing homes for the elderly in Espoo, with around 1,350 residents. The aim is for all nursing home residents to receive the required two vaccine doses during January–February. The vaccination schedule for each nursing home will be specified in the near future, and we will inform each nursing home separately. 

- We are happy to be able to start vaccinating the residents and staff at nursing homes. Even though vaccinations are about to begin, nursing homes will continue to take special precautions and follow hygiene instructions, says Matti Lyytikäinen, Director of Elderly Services. 

Special visitor arrangements remain in place at nursing homes 

Special visitor arrangements remain in place at nursing homes, and visitors must always contact the nursing home staff in advance to agree on a visit. Visitors must wear a face mask throughout their visit. If a visitor has symptoms of a respiratory tract infection, they may not visit the nursing home. 

We encourage family members and friends to stay in touch with residents primarily via phone or video calls, for example. We thank the family members and friends of our residents for their understanding and cooperation. 

Vaccinations continue – we will provide more information on the schedules as they are updated 

We will continue vaccinations as we receive more vaccines. The schedule depends on the availability and delivery of vaccines, among other things. Initially, Finland will only receive a limited number of vaccines, which is why at first we can only provide vaccines to specific target groups.  

After health care personnel caring for coronavirus patients as well as staff and residents of nursing homes, the vaccine is offered to the elderly and persons with underlying diseases that increase their risk of developing serious coronavirus disease. The rest of the population will be offered the vaccine after these groups.  

We will provide more information on vaccination arrangements and schedules as we move forward with the vaccinations. According to estimates, we can start vaccinating our personnel and residents on a larger scale in the late winter or early spring of 2021.  

Up-to-date information about coronavirus vaccinations is available at espoo.fi/coronavaccination