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: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
- It is still possible to book an appointment online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi 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.