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:
- everyone over the age of 60 in Soite’s area
- 18-64-year-old persons who belong to risk group 1 or 2 and have an illness or condition that is very highly or highly predisposing to severe coronavirus disease. More information on risk groups on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL. Be prepared to prove you belong to the risk group at the vaccination site (e.g. by showing their Kela card or a copy of their epicrisis or prescription). Informal caregivers to and persons close to persons who belong to a risk group and live in the same household do not have the right to vaccination at this stage.
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
- electronic appointment booking in the Omahoito service at https://soite.terveytesi.fi is open for all groups currently eligible for vaccination. More appointments are added on Tuesday 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 opens Tuesdays at 12 p.m. The telephone line is open as long as appointments are available. The line will be cut when the number of available appointments runs out. 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.
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.
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:
- Kokkola (place: Halpa-Halli’s old building, Kaarlelankatu 7)
- Kannus (place: seurakuntatalo (the parish house), Valtakatu 20)
- Toholampi (place: Seurakuntakoti (the parish house), Lampintie 7)
- Tunkkari and Kaustinen (place: health center, Mäntöläntie 2 and Pajala family center, Pajalantie 1, Kaustinen)
- Kruunupyy (place: Teerijärvi child health clinic (neuvola/rådgivning), Hörbyntie 2, 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. More vaccination sites are opened, in accordance with the plans, as soon as the supply of vaccines increases.
- 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.
- If you belong to a risk group: be prepared to prove you belong to the risk group at the vaccination site (e.g. by showing your Kela card or a copy of your epicrisis or prescription).
- 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.