Vaccinations for 5–11-year-old Children Who Belong to High-risk Groups Begin in Soite
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has drafted separate instructions for municipalities for coronavirus vaccinations for high-risk groups among children aged 5–11. Vaccines that are needed for vaccinations of children arrived in Finland and Soite this week. More vaccines are arriving in January 2022. Soite begins vaccinating 5–11-year-old children who belong to a risk group before the year is over and the vaccinations continue in January.
Certain underlying illnesses in children may increase the risk of severe coronavirus disease, and a coronavirus infection can also exacerbate the symptoms of an underlying illness. Vaccines are recommended for children aged 5–11 who are in these groups. Most of these illnesses are very rare.
In THL’s instructions, medical risk groups when it comes to COVID-19 are the following:
- an organ transplant or stem cell transplant
- a treatment with a strong immunosuppressive effect or severe immune deficiency
- chronic pulmonary diseases
- some paediatric cardiac illnesses
- chronic renal disease
- severe chronic liver disease
- obesity (ISO-BMI at least 30)
- paediatric neurological conditions involving respiratory insufficiency, and/or increased sensitivity to infections
- Down’s syndrome
- type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- asthma and regular inhaled cortisone medication
A child with such an underlying illness goes in practice always to regular appointments at Soite’s Children’s Hospital. If you are not certain if your child belongs to the above-mentioned risk groups, you can ask the doctor who takes care of your child or chief physician Andreas Blanco Sequeiros (email@example.com).
Vaccinations in Soite for 5–11-year-old children who belong to a risk group
In Soite’s area 5–11-year-old children who belong to a risk group are vaccinated on certain days at Soite’s Children’s Hospital (lasten sairaala) without appointment booking and on certain days in January at some of Soite’s vaccination centrals with appointment booking.
Walk-in vaccinations at Soite’s Children’s Hospital (lasten sairaala)
5–11-year-old children who belong to a medical risk group are vaccinated without appointment booking during following walk-in days at Soite’s Children’s Hospital:
- Monday 27th of December 3 pm - 7 pm
- Tuesday 28th of December 3 pm - 7 pm
- Thursday 30th December 3 pm - 7 pm
Vaccinations with appointment booking at vaccination centrals
5–11-year-old children who belong to medical risk groups are vaccinated at Soite’s vaccination centrals in Kokkola and Kannus in January 2022. An appointment must be booked. Appointments are booked online via Soite’s Omahoito service. Appointments are opened in the online booking system this week (week 51) and all appointments have been added 24th December at the latest.
Electronic booking online via the Omahoito service: https://soite.terveytesi.fi is open 24/7.
- Log on to the Omahoito service with your online bank user identifiers (or some other means of strong identification) in order to book an appointment for yourself or a child under the age of 12.
- The days that still have appointments available are marked with green colour in the web calendar.
We will inform more about the further vaccinations later.
Most 5–11-year-old children are not capable of independently deciding on their treatment and they are not vaccinated without their parents’ consent. A written consent of all guardians is required for a decision to vaccinate.
Those aged 5–11 will be given the BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine; a preparation with a smaller dosage will be used specifically for this age group.
Persons under the age of 12 who are not in a high-risk group will not be vaccinated in Finland for the time being. The National Advisory Committee on Vaccines (KRAR) and THL are currently considering if coronavirus vaccines should be offered to all children aged 5–11. A decision on the vaccines will be made by the Ministry for Social Affairs and Health and the government.
More information on the matter can be found in THL’s bulletin.