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20.12.2021

The Vac­ci­na­tion Inter­val for the Third Coro­n­avirus Vac­ci­na­tion is Short­ened to Three Months for Per­sons over the Age of 60 and Per­sons Over the age of 18 who Belong to a Med­ical Risk Group

The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL rec­om­mends that the vac­ci­na­tion inter­val for third coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions is short­ened. The rec­om­men­da­tion is that per­sons over the age of 60 and per­sons over the age of 18 who belong to med­ical risk groups may receive their third vac­cine dose when 3–4 months have passed since their sec­ond dose. This tar­get group is giv­en vac­ci­na­tions with the new vac­ci­na­tion inter­val start­ing on Tues­day 21st of Decem­ber 2021. 

Soite’s deci­sion is that per­sons over the age of 60 and per­sons over the age of 18 who belong to med­ical risk groups (in Finnish)  may receive their third vac­cine dose when at least three months have passed since their sec­ond dose. The above-men­tioned groups are giv­en vac­cines with the short­ened vac­ci­na­tion inter­val start­ing on Tues­day 21st of December.

Short­en­ing the vac­ci­na­tion inter­val may lead to con­ges­tion at the vac­ci­na­tion sites, espe­cial­ly before noon. We rec­om­mend that the vac­ci­na­tion days are made use of in their entire­ty in order to avoid congestion.

Third vac­cine dos­es are giv­en at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion sites

All per­sons over 60 years of age and all per­sons over the age of 18 who belong to risk groups 1 and 2 may vis­it one of Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion sites for a third coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion if at least three months have passed since they received their sec­ond dose. 

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 appointments for a third vaccination are opened in the online booking system this week.

The vac­ci­na­tion infor­ma­tion is checked at the vac­ci­na­tion site and if less than three months have passed since the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion, a third vac­cine dose can­not yet be given.

Med­ical risk groups

Group 1: 12–60-year-old per­sons with an ill­ness or con­di­tion that pos­es an extreme­ly great risk of severe coro­n­avirus disease.

  • An organ transplant or stem cell transplant
  • Cancer under active treatment
  • A severe disturbance of the body's defence system
  • A serious chronic renal illness
  • A serious chronic pulmonary illness
  • Type 2 diabetes involving drug therapy
  • Down’s syndrome

Group 2: 12–60-year-old per­sons with an ill­ness or con­di­tion that pos­es a risk of severe coro­n­avirus disease

  • Asthma requiring continuous medication
  • A difficult cardiac disease, including insufficiency (but not mere hypertension)
  • A neurological illness or condition affecting respiration
  • Pharmaceutical treatment for autoimmune disease that weakens immune defences
  • Serious chronic liver disease
  • Type 1 diabetes or adrenal insufficiency
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Psychosis
  • Morbid obesity (body mass index more than 40)

More infor­ma­tion about risk group 1 and 2 on THL’s web­site.

A third vac­cine is pri­mar­i­ly giv­en using the same vac­cine as at the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion, unless there is a med­ical imped­i­ment for this. More infor­ma­tion about risk groups can be found in THL’s bul­letin.

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