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20.12.2021

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 (abs@soite.fi).

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. 

Vac­cine

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.

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