Coro­n­avirus Vaccines

Has been updat­ed on the 26th of Feb­ru­ary 2021

Ini­tial­ly, small num­bers of vac­cines are received at a time. Soite car­ries out the vac­ci­na­tions in accor­dance with the strat­e­gy for COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tions in Fin­land (in Finnish). Per­sons younger than 70 will be vac­ci­nat­ed using AstraZeneca’s vac­cine, while per­sons old­er than 70 will receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.

Cur­rent­ly, the vac­ci­na­tions of the pop­u­la­tion are pro­gress­ing when it comes to fol­low­ing groups:

Link: Soite’s coro­n­avirus indicator

Fol­low the progress of the vac­ci­na­tions in Soite’s chan­nels online and in social media so that you know when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.

Book­ing an appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus vaccination

Coro­n­avirus vac­cines are only giv­en to those whose turn it is to be vac­ci­nat­ed accord­ing to the nation­al vac­ci­na­tion strategy.

An appoint­ment for a vac­ci­na­tion can be booked either elec­tron­i­cal­ly or by phone:

The elec­tron­ic book­ing works more smooth­ly and we rec­om­mend that appoint­ments are booked online if pos­si­ble. If an infor­mal care­giv­er or part­ner who lives in the same house­hold is vac­ci­nat­ed at the same time, the appoint­ment should be booked by phone for both per­sons.

We ask per­sons close to elder­ly per­sons to make sure they get an appoint­ment for a vac­ci­na­tion and are able to come to the vac­ci­na­tion site.

Ini­tial­ly, only a small num­ber of appoint­ments are avail­able because of the lim­it­ed sup­ply of vac­cines. Appoint­ments will be added as soon as more vac­cines arrive in Soite’s area. Appoint­ment book­ing opens every Tues­day at 12 p.m. as long as vac­cines are available.

Appoint­ments are also avail­able in evenings and on week­ends. You can see the avail­able vac­ci­na­tion appoint­ments in the elec­tron­ic book­ing sys­tem. More vac­ci­na­tion times are added when more vac­cines arrive in the area. If it is not pos­si­ble for you to come to an appoint­ment you have booked, the appoint­ment can also be can­celled via the above men­tioned channels.

The appoint­ment book­ing only applies to the first dose of vac­cine. The appoint­ment regard­ing the boost­er dose is booked at the vac­ci­na­tion site dur­ing the first appointment.

Dur­ing the appoint­ment book­ing, per­sons are also placed in a queue. It is pos­si­ble to come to a coro­na vac­ci­na­tion from the queue if some­one can­cels their appoint­ment or if the vac­cine bot­tles yield more dos­es than expect­ed. Those wait­ing in the queue for their turn will be per­son­al­ly con­tact­ed on the day of the vac­ci­na­tion if the vac­ci­na­tion can be done that day.  A per­son who is wait­ing in the queue does not have to book a new vac­ci­na­tion appoint­ment; instead, they will be con­tact­ed by Soite and offered a vac­ci­na­tion appoint­ment placed in the fol­low­ing vac­ci­na­tion week.

Vac­ci­na­tion sites

You can choose to which vac­ci­na­tion site you book an appoint­ment. Because of the lim­it­ed sup­ply of vac­cines, ini­tial­ly only the fol­low­ing vac­ci­na­tion sites are used:

Ini­tial­ly, it is pos­si­ble to book an appoint­ment only to these vac­ci­na­tion sites. More vac­ci­na­tion sites are opened, in accor­dance with the plans, as soon as the sup­ply of vac­cines increases.

Please observe:

The vac­ci­na­tion is free and vol­un­tary. COVID-19 vac­cines offer effec­tive pro­tec­tion against the COVID-19 dis­ease and espe­cial­ly its severe forms. Accord­ing to cur­rent knowl­edge, COVID-19 vac­cines also work against mutat­ed virus vari­ants (source: THL).

Safe­ty mea­sures against the coro­n­avirus must be remem­bered even after vac­ci­na­tion — use of face masks will continue

After vac­ci­na­tion it is still impor­tant to main­tain social dis­tanc­ing, to prac­tise good hand and cough­ing hygiene, to use face masks when social dis­tanc­ing is not pos­si­ble, to be test­ed when symp­toms emerge, and to fol­low oth­er instruc­tions in fight­ing the coro­n­avirus. 

This is nec­es­sary because we do not have enough infor­ma­tion about how effec­tive­ly the vac­cine pre­vents trans­mis­sion. Guide­lines are amend­ed as new infor­ma­tion emerges, but at this time the same rec­om­men­da­tions apply to both vac­ci­nat­ed per­sons and those not pro­tect­ed by vac­ci­na­tion. This is in line with the pre­cau­tion­ary principle.

After the start of vac­ci­na­tions, it will still take a long time before immune pro­tec­tion at the pop­u­la­tion lev­el is achieved and the epi­dem­ic has been defeated.

Link: Trans­mis­sion and pro­tec­tion – coro­n­avirus (The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare, THL)

Every­one can help in the fight against the coro­n­avirus and oth­er infec­tious dis­eases by prac­tis­ing good hand hygiene and by cough­ing, sneez­ing, and blow­ing the nose cor­rect­ly. This is why these prac­tices are always important.

Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccine

Ques­tions and answers about the coro­n­avirus vac­cine (Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL)

Ques­tions and answers about the coro­n­avirus vac­cine (The Finnish Med­i­cines Agency Fimea

Coro­n­avirus vac­cines in Fin­land (the Min­istry of Social Affairs and health)

Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vac­cine (ECDC)


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