This page has been updated on the 18th of October 2021
Soite carries out the vaccinations in accordance with the strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations in Finland (in Finnish). The vaccination does not cost anything.
Currently, vaccination is available to the following groups:
- anyone over the age of 12 who lives in Soite's area
- when it comes to a third dose, for immunocompromised persons who are 12 years old and older and social and health care personnel.
Booking an Appointment for a Coronavirus Vaccination
An appointment for a coronavirus vaccination may be booked online or by phone, but vaccinations will mainly be concentrated to appointment-free walk-in vaccination days.
Appointment Booking for a Coronavirus Vaccination:
- electronic appointment booking in the Omahoito service at 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.
- 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. For more information please read: https://www.soite.fi/toisen_puolesta_asiointi (in Finnish).
- Telephone booking: through the secretary of the vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821 Monday-Friday 12 noon - 3 pm. Or via your local health centre.
The electronic booking works more smoothly and we recommend that appointments are booked online if possible.
Walk-in Vaccination Days without Appointment Booking
Soite arranges 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 most convenient for you. First as well as second and third vaccine doses will be administered during the walk-in-days. At a walk-in vaccination it is possible to arrange for the second dose to be given earlier than planned, if at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.
According to policy by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL, it is recommended that the mRNA vaccination series (Pfizer and Moderna) are completed primarily using the same vaccine. If you want to receive your second vaccine dose on an appointment-free walk-in day, please check if the same vaccine is available on that day. Vaccines available on walk-in days are shown in the information about the vaccination day.
The following appointment-free vaccination days are arranged:
- Monday 18th of October 9 am - 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Tuesday 19th of October 9 am to 3 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Tuesday 19th of October 9 am - 7 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 20th - 22nd of October 9 am - 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Thursday 21st of October 12 noon - 4.30 pm Perho health station (Vanhainkodintie 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 21st of October 4 pm - 7 pm Teerijärvi health station (Hörbyntie 8). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 21st of October 8.30 am - 3 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Friday 22nd of October 9 am to 3 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Friday 22nd of October 4 pm - 8 pm K-Citymarket, Kokkola. Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Friday 22nd of October 8.30 am - 3 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Saturday 23rd of October 9 am - 3 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Wednesday 27th of October 4 pm - 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 28th of October 12 noon - 3.30 pm Perho health station (Vanhainkodintie 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 28th of October 4 pm - 8 pm Lestijärvi health station (Niemeläntie 3A). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 28th of October 8.30 am - 3 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Friday 29th of October 9 am - 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer
- Friday 29th of October 9 am - 3 pm Kruunupyy health station (Säbråntie 1). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Friday 29th of October 8.30 am - 3 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
Other Information about Appointment Booking
You can book an appointment via the electronic Omahoito service if you have identifiers that are needed for electronic identification (online bank user identifiers or a mobile ID). If electronic identification is not possible, the appointment must be booked by phone. We strive to expand the possibilities of booking appointments by phone in the future.
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 than about a week in advance.
Please note: if you have previously had an anaphylactic shock, please book your vaccination appointment to your own health care centre or via the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821, Monday to Friday 12 noon to 3 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 Monday to Friday 12 noon to 3 pm.
Vaccinations for 12–15-year-old Persons and Students at General Upper Secondary Schools
On week 32, vaccinations were expanded to all 12–15-year-old persons in Soite’s area (more information in the bulletin). A vaccination can be given to adolescents who are at least 12 years old. If the birthday is at the end of the year, a vaccination appointment may be booked in advance, but the vaccination is not given until the adolescent has turned 12. Vaccination appointments are available for about a week at a time.
Schools inform pupils and parents in more detail about vaccinations at schools. Naturally, young people can also come to get vaccinated during general appointment-free walk-in vaccination days.
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 from the parents or other persons who have custody of the adolescent. In such a case, Soite’s paediatric emergency clinic should be contacted.
You can choose to which vaccination site you book an appointment. Vaccination sites for persons over the age of 16:
- 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 care 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: business centre Passeli, Kirkkotanhua 1, 69700 Veteli)
- Kruunupyy (place: the health care station in Teerijärvi, Hörbyntie 8, 68700 Teerijärvi and Kruunupyy health station, Säbråntie 1, 68500 Kruunupyy)
- Perho (place: the health care station, Vanhainkodintie 20, 69950 Perho)
- Halsua (place: the health care station, Kauppisentie 12, 69510 Halsua)
At this point, 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 of charge for everyone 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.
Why Should I Take the Coronavirus Vaccine?
- Coronavirus vaccines give effective protection against serious forms of COVID-19.
- The vaccines also protect against the long-term effects of COVID-19, the so-called long COVID, which may cause prolonged tiredness, shortness of breath, cough and joint and chest pain.
- By taking the vaccine, you can protect not only yourself but also others. The coronavirus vaccination significantly reduces the secretion of the virus and its spreading from one person to another.
- The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with a coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
- With vaccinations, we can return to a more normal life and the need for restrictions is reduced. Everyone who decides to take the vaccine makes a difference.
In Soite’s area, basically healthy 12–65-year-old persons are vaccinated with mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty or Moderna’s vaccine). More information on coronavirus vaccines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on THL’s website.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has instructed that men and boys under the age of 30 should, for now, only be offered BioNTech-Pfizer’s Comirnaty-vaccine. According to a Nordic follow-up study, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) is proportionally more common in persons who have received Moderna’s Spikevax-vaccine than in persons who have received BioNTech-Pfizer’s Comirnaty-vaccine, and the risk of getting myocarditis is higher in young men than in women. According to the study, myocarditis is, overall, uncommon in persons who have received a coronavirus vaccine. Myocarditis occurs continually also in persons who have not been vaccinated, as a result of different infections. More information in THL’s press release (in Finnish).
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’s vaccine) 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 use of AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria vaccine stops in Finland in November 2021. Starting from the last week in October, Janssen’s adenovirus vector vaccine is offered instead of AstraZeneca to persons who have turned 65 and older. The vaccine can also be offered those 18–64-year-old persons who cannot be given an mRNA vaccine because of medical reasons. More information in the press release by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL (in Finnish).
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.
The Second Vaccine Dose
The appointment booking only applies to the first dose of vaccine. The appointment for 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. At a walk-in vaccination it is possible to arrange for the second dose to be given earlier than planned, if at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.
The second vaccine, i.e. the booster dose, is important because it helps strengthen the protection both against the original version of the coronavirus and its mutations. The second dose also helps maintain the protection as long as possible. All coronavirus vaccines that are currently used in Finland are given as two doses.
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 am and 3 pm and on Tuesdays between 8 am and 12 pm.
Persons under the age of 65 are only vaccinated with mRNA vaccines i.e. Moderna’s vaccine and BioNTech-Pfizer’s vaccine even if the vaccination series has been started with AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
If a person over the age of 65 wishes it, they can 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).
The Third Vaccine Dose
A third dose is now given to those aged 12 years and older who are severely immunocompromised due to a disease or treatment as well as to social and health care personnel who received their first vaccine doses within a short interval of 3–4 weeks at the beginning of the year.
Persons who are severely immunocompromised due to a disease or treatment
A third dose will be given to those aged 12 years and older who are severely immunocompromised due to a disease or treatment. The third dose is given at Soite’s vaccination sites. You can get vaccinated during a pre-booked appointment or by visiting an appointment-free walk-in vaccination.
Persons with any of the following diseases or conditions are considered to be severely immunocompromised:
- Organ transplantation
- Stem cell transplantation
- Severe or moderate congenital immunodeficiency
- Immunosuppressive cancer treatment
- Treatment of autoimmune diseases with immunosuppressive biologics or JAK inhibitors
- Dialysis and severe chronic renal insufficiency
- Advanced or untreated HIV
- Other severe immunosuppressive conditions as assessed by your doctor
A series of three doses is recommended for severely immunocompromised persons aged 12 years and older. Studies show that in severely immunocompromised patients, the immune response is often deficient after a series of two vaccines. A third dose of the vaccine strengthens their immunity.
The third dose can be given if at least two months have passed since the second vaccination dose.
The third dose of the vaccine is given using primarily the same vaccine as was used for the second dose, unless medical reasons prohibit this. More information in the press release by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (in Finnish).
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 a 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
- Week 32: vaccinations for all 12-15-year-old adolescents began
- Week 38: vaccinations with a third dose began for severely immunocompromised persons aged 12 and older and for social and health care personnel
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 July. The previous Finnish national COVID-19 vaccination certificate was 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 regional variation 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. If needed, the vaccination certificate can be received on paper from the 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 that has been 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).