Coro­n­avirus Vaccines

Has been updat­ed on the 16th of April 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).

PLEASE NOTE: We are expand­ing the tar­get group! Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are now offered to all cit­i­zens in Soite’s area over the age of 60. More infor­ma­tion in the article.

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

Link: Soite’s coro­n­avirus indicator

Accord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary plan, the coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions con­tin­ue in dif­fer­ent age groups with five-year inter­vals. Each age group that is to be vac­ci­nat­ed con­sists of about 5000 per­sons in Soite’s area. We will inform about vac­ci­na­tions for new groups more specif­i­cal­ly later. 

Please fol­low Soite’s chan­nels on the web and in the social media as well as the local media in order to see when your age group has the right to a vaccination!

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. as long as vac­cines are available.

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

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. 

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 will be added as soon as more vac­cines arrive in Soite’s area.

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.


In Soite’s area, per­sons who belong to risk group 2 and are 18–64 years old as well as per­sons aged 60 to 64 will be vac­ci­nat­ed with mRNA vac­cines (Pfizer-BioNtech’s Comir­naty or Mod­er­na). Per­sons over the age of 65 are vac­ci­nat­ed with Astra Zeneca’s vac­cine in accor­dance with instruc­tions from The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL.

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 vac­ci­nat­ed with mRNA vac­cines (Pfizer-BioNtech’s Comir­naty or Mod­er­na). If you have had such an ill­ness, please book your appoint­ment by phone.

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 note:

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.

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 their nose cor­rect­ly. This is why these prac­tices are always important.

Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccine

Safe­ty of COVID-19 vaccines

The Finnish Med­i­cines Agency Fimea and the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and wel­fare THL mon­i­tor the adverse effects and the safe­ty of the COVID-19 vac­cines care­ful­ly — no sur­pris­ing adverse effects have come to light  (THL, in Finnish)

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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