Has been updated on the 26th of July 2021
Soite carries out the vaccinations in accordance with the strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations in Finland (in Finnish).
Currently, vaccination is available to following groups:
- anyone over the age of 16 who lives in Soite's area
- 12–15-year-old adolescents who belong to risk group 1 and 2.
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. Appointment booking by phone opens every Tuesday at 12 p.m.
An appointment for a coronavirus vaccination can be booked online or by phone. Vaccination appointments are added to the electronic appointment booking always on Tuesdays at 12 p.m., but also at other times if appointments are cancelled or if the number of vaccines suddenly increases. The days that still have appointments available are marked with green colour in the web calendar.
Appointment booking for a coronavirus vaccination
- electronic appointment booking in the Omahoito service at https://soite.terveytesi.fi is open 24/7. More appointments are added on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. 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. The days that still have appointments available are marked with green colour in the web calendar. You can book an appointment for another person if you have made an agreement regarding this. Read more: https://www.soite.fi/toisen_puolesta_asiointi (in Finnish).
- telephone booking on 06 828 7488 is open on Tuesdays at 12 pm - 3 pm. At other times, those who call will hear a message on the phone. You can also book an appointment for an elderly person by phone.
The electronic booking works more smoothly and we recommend that appointments are booked online if possible. The electronic appointment booking is easily overburdened immediately after the appointment booking opens, so there may be problems in the function of the Omahoito service. The service functions normally when the number of visitors decreases, so when the system is overloaded, it is best to wait a moment and then reattempt using the electronic appointment booking.
An appointment may be booked electronically via the Omahoito service if the adolescent has the codes that are needed for electronic identification (online banking codes or a mobile certificate). If electronic identification is not possible, an appointment should be booked by phone. We strive to expand the possibilities of booking appointments by phone in the future.
Get your first dose of coronavirus vaccine without appointment booking
Furthermore, Soite will arrange appointment-free vaccination days, during which you can get your first coronavirus vaccine dose without booking an appointment beforehand, at a time of the day when it is convenient for you. The following appointment-free vaccination days will be arranged:
- Tuesday 27th of July from 12 noon to 3.30 pm at Kruunupyy vaccination site (Kruunupyy health station, Säbråntie 1, 68500 Kruunupyy)
- Tuesday 27th of July from 12 noon to 3.30 pm at Perhonjokilaakson vaccination center (Passeli’s old building, Kirkkotanhua 1, 69700 Veteli)
- Thursday 29th of JUly from 12 noon to 3.30 at Kannus’ vaccination site (the parish house, Valtakatu 20)
- Wednesday 4th of August 9 am to 3 pm at Kokkola vaccination site (Halpa-Halli’s old building, Kaarlelankatu 7)
- Thursday 5th of August 9 am to 3 pm at Kokkola vaccination site (Halpa-Halli’s old building, Kaarlelankatu 7)
Other information about appointment booking
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.
Appointments are also available in evenings and on weekends and you may choose which vaccination site you want to go to. The electronic booking system shows, which vaccination sites have available vaccination appointments. Appointments are opened for about a week at a time, i.e. appointments cannot be booked more in advance.
Please note: if you have previously had an anaphylactic shock, please book a vaccination appointment to your own health care centre or via the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 am to 3 pm and on Tuesdays from 8 am to 12 pm.
If an insurmountable obstacle occurs and it is not possible for you to come to an appointment you have booked, the appointment can be cancelled via the Omahoito service or by calling the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821 Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Vaccination for 12–15-year-olds
At this point, coronavirus vaccinations are possible in the age group 12–15 only for those who belong to a risk group. The Finnish Government decides if vaccinations will become available for all 12–15-year-old persons. This would require e.g. changing a decree.
The risk groups are the same for children as the risk groups for adults that were decided earlier for the coronavirus vaccination order. The only divergence from the risk groups for adults is overweight: THL recommends that children’s body mass index ISO-BMI is used when assessing overweight in children. It is recommended that the lower limit for ISO-BMI is 35, which in this age group means severe overweight.
Soite’s chief physician of paediatrics Andreas Blanco Sequeiros has studied the national research into coronavirus vaccinations for 12–15-year-old persons and recommends similarly to THL that all who have a right to a vaccination book an appointment for a vaccination.
As with other vaccinations, a person who is under 18 years old may make a decision about the coronavirus vaccination if a health care professional assesses that the person is due to his/her age and level of development capable of making decisions on his/her own care. There is no age limit for a child’s right of self-determination. That is why the situation is assessed case by case.
I an adolescent is not capable of making decisions on his/her care, e.g. because of an illness, a decision on vaccinating requires permission by the parents or other persons who has custody of the adolescent. In such a case, Soite’s paediatric outpatient clinic should be contacted.
The second vaccine dose
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. An appointment for the second vaccination has been given in connection with the first vaccination.
If an insurmountable obstacle occurs and you need to change second vaccination appointment, please contact the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821 Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
It is recommended that persons over the age of 65 continue their vaccination series with the vaccine they have received as their first dose if no medical impediments for using the vaccine have come to light. If a person over the age of 65 wishes it, they can, however, receive an mRNA vaccine as their second dose even if the vaccination series has begun with AstraZeneca’s adenovirus vector vaccine. More information in the press release by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL (in Finnish).
In Soite’s area, basically healthy 16–65-year-old persons are vaccinated with mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty or Moderna). Only persons over the age of 18 are vaccinated with Moderna.
12–15-year-old adolescents who belong to a risk group are vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccines, as it is the only coronavirus vaccine that has marketing authorization at this point for vaccination of persons over the age of 12. More information on coronavirus vaccines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on THL’s website.
Persons over the age of 65 are vaccinated in accordance with instructions from The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL decided that 65–69-year-old persons may also be vaccinated with mRNA vaccines from the beginning of May if the person who is to be vaccinated so chooses (more information in THL’s text in Finnish). In Soite’s area, this means that persons over the age of 65 may choose if they are vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty or Moderna) or with AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria vaccine. If the appointment is booked online, the person must choose the vaccine they want to have in the Omahoito service.
Please note! Exceptions are persons over the age of 65 who have had a sinus thrombosis or who have had a low platelet count in connection with treatment with heparin (thrombocytopenia, HIT): these persons are always vaccinated with mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty or Moderna). If you have had such an illness, please book your appointment by phone.
The second vaccine dose is given in accordance with THL’s instructions:
- persons over the age of 65 who have received a dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine are primarily given AstraZeneca’s vaccine when they are vaccinated for the second time.
- persons under the age of 65 are always given an mRNA vaccine when they are vaccinated for the second time. A person under the age of 65 cannot choose AstraZeneca’s vaccine as their second vaccine dose even if they have been vaccinated with it the first time.
All vaccines, like other medicines, may have side effects. If you experience any side effects and need help, you can call Soite’s Medical Helpline at 116 117. Most side effects of the coronavirus vaccines are mild and temporary. The most common side effects after vaccination are local symptoms at the injection site, such as pain, redness, heat and swelling. Transient general symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, irritability, nausea and chills are also very common. Additional information can be found at both THL’s and FIMEA’s web sites.
You can choose to which vaccination site you book an appointment. Vaccination sites:
- Kokkola vaccination central (place: Halpa-Halli’s old building, Kaarlelankatu 7)
- Kannus (place: seurakuntatalo (the parish house), Valtakatu 20)
- Toholampi (place: Seurakuntakoti (the parish house), Lampintie 7)
- Lestijärvi (place: Lestijärvi health station, Niemeläntie 3A, 69440 Lestijärvi)
- Kaustinen (place: Pajalan perhekeskus (Pajala family centre), Pajalantie 1, Kaustinen)
- Veteli (place: the health care centre, Mäntöläntie 2, 69700 Veteli
- Perhonjokilaakso vaccination central (place: Passeli's old building, Kirkkotanhua 1, 69700 Veteli)
- Kruunupyy (place: Teerijärvi child health clinic, Hörbyntie 8, 68700 Teerijärvi and Kruunupyy health station, Säbråntie 1, 68500 Kruunupyy)
- Perho (place: the health station, Vanhainkodintie 20)
- Halsua (place: the health station, Kauppisentie 12, 69510 Halsua)
Initially, it is possible to book an appointment only to these vaccination sites.
The appointments for second vaccinations that have been booked to the health care centre in Veteli or the family centre Pajala in Kaustinen are transferred to Passeli. The change of vaccination site does not require any action on the client’s part. The appointment time is not changed, only the vaccination site changes.
- Come to be vaccinated only if you are healthy and only to an appointment you have booked.
- Take your Kela card with you and take it out while you wait.
- Wear clothes that make it easy to expose your upper arm.
- Use a face mask and disinfect your hands when you come and when you go.
- Keep a safe distance (2 metres) to other people while you wait.
- Be prepared to stay at the vaccination site for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
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).
Kela provides compensation for travel costs associated with COVID-19 vaccinations 27th of March to 31st of December 2021. More information on Kela’s website.
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.
Everyone can help in the fight against the coronavirus and other infectious diseases by practising good hand hygiene and by coughing, sneezing, and blowing their nose correctly. This is why these practices are always important.
How the vaccinations are progressing 2021
- Weeks 1-2: vaccinations for frontline workers in health and social services began
- Weeks 2-3: vaccinations for personnel and residents at Soite’s around-the-clock care home units for the elderly began
- Week 5: vaccinations for elderly individuals older than 80 who live at home and of informal caregivers and elderly who live in the same household began
- Week 7: vaccinations for persons under the age of 70 who belong to risk group 1 began
- Week 9: vaccinations for 75-79-year-old persons began
- Week 11: vaccinations for 70-74-year-old persons began
- Week 14: vaccinations for 18-64-year-old persons who belong to risk group 2 began
- Week 14: vaccinations for 65-69-year-old persons began
- Week 15: vaccinations for 60-64-year-old persons began
- Week 16: vaccinations for 55-59-year-old persons began
- Week 20: vaccinations for 50-55-year-old persons began
- Week 21: vaccinations for 45-45-year-old persons began
- Week 21: vaccinations for 40-44-year-old persons began
- Week 22: vaccinations for 30-39-year-old persons began
- Week 23: vaccinations for 25-29-year-old persons began
- Week 23: vaccinations for all persons over the age of 16 began
- Week 25: vaccinations for 12-15-year-old adolescents who belong to risk group 1 or 2 began
EU’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate is now available on the My Kanta Pages. Two other EU vaccination certificates, i.e. certificate on test and certificate on previous COVID-19 infection come to the My Kanta Pages beginning on 14th of June. The previous Finnish national COVID-19 vaccination certificate is now taken out of use and it is recommended that a national vaccination certificate that is saved e.g. on the phone or printed on paper, is replaced with EU’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The national COVID-19 vaccination certificate is automatically replaced with EU’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate on the My Kanta Pages.
There is still regional variations regarding how quickly information on vaccinations is transferred to the My Kanta Pages. This is why the vaccination certificates are not yet on the My Kanta Pages for all persons who have been vaccinated. You can check the information regarding your area in THL’s report (in Finnish). If needed, the vaccination certificate can be received on paper from health care services.
EU’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate contains information on the coronavirus vaccinations a person has received: for example the name of the vaccine product used, the day the latest vaccination has been given and the number of vaccine doses. A certificate is received already after the first vaccination.
EU’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate can be shown on a mobile device or can be printed on a paper. The information on EU’s COVID-19 certificate is in Finnish, Swedish and English. The certificate is free of charge.
Additional information in THL’s message (in Finnish).