The dose inter­val for the third dose of coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion is reduced to four months for peo­ple under 60 — a fourth coro­n­avirus vac­cine dose for severe­ly immunocompromised

The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare rec­om­mends that the dos­ing inter­val for the third coro­n­avirus vac­cine dose be short­ened. It is rec­om­mend­ed that peo­ple under the age of 60 receive a third dose of the vac­cine 4 months after the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion. In the Soite area, the third vac­cine dose for this tar­get group will be giv­en with the new dose inter­val start­ing Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 3rd, 2022.

Soite has out­lined that any­one under the age of 60 (aged 18–59) can receive a third dose of the vac­cine if at least 4 months have passed since the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion. The third vac­cine dose will be giv­en to the above men­tioned group with a short­ened vac­ci­na­tion inter­val start­ing Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 3rd, 2022.

Short­en­ing the vac­ci­na­tion inter­val will give about 10,000 peo­ple in the Soite area the right to a third vac­ci­na­tion soon­er than pre­vi­ous­ly planned. This may cause con­ges­tion at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion sites, espe­cial­ly in the morn­ing. We there­fore rec­om­mend that those who come to get vac­ci­nat­ed spread out their vis­its through­out the entire vac­ci­na­tion day to avoid congestion.

Fur­ther­more, Soite has nego­ti­at­ed with providers of occu­pa­tion­al health care in the area regard­ing the orga­niz­ing of vac­ci­na­tions, as they are also involved in admin­is­ter­ing coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions. There­fore, we rec­om­mend that you if pos­si­ble make use of vac­ci­na­tions arranged by your own occu­pa­tion­al health care provider if possible.

A fourth coro­n­avirus vac­cine dose for severe­ly immunocompromised

In addi­tion, Soite has in accor­dance with the Institute’s rec­om­men­da­tion out­lined that severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised peo­ple over the age of 12 may receive a fourth dose of coro­n­avirus vac­cine if at least three months have passed since their third dose. The fourth vac­cine dose will be admin­is­tered to the above men­tioned group start­ing Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 3rd, 2022.

Peo­ple who are severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised have a high­er risk of seri­ous ill­ness than the rest of the pop­u­la­tion. The fourth dose of the vac­cine extends the dura­tion of the vaccine’s pro­tec­tive effect and strength­ens immu­ni­ty in a sit­u­a­tion where the omi­cron vari­ant is spread­ing among the pop­u­la­tion. Stud­ies have shown that a fourth dose of the vac­cine clear­ly increas­es the amount of neu­tral­iz­ing anti­bod­ies in severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised people.

Severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised per­sons refers to those who have any of the fol­low­ing dis­eases or who have under­gone any of the fol­low­ing procedures:

  • Organ transplantation
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Severe to 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 a doctor.

Vac­ci­na­tions are giv­en at Soites vac­ci­na­tion sites 

One may come to a vac­ci­na­tion after hav­ing booked an appoint­ment or by com­ing to a walk-in vac­ci­na­tion day with­out book­ing an appointment.

  • On vaccination days without appointment booking, you can come to get your coronavirus vaccination when it suits you best. More information and the schedule for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website:
  • It is still possible to book an appointment online on  or by phone via the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821 (Monday-Friday 12 noon to 3 pm). An appointment may also be booked by phone via one’s own health centre.

The vac­ci­na­tion infor­ma­tion is checked at the vac­ci­na­tion site and if less not enough time has passed since the pre­vi­ous vac­cine dose, the fol­low­ing vac­cine dose can­not yet be given.


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