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24.03.2022

In Soite, vac­ci­na­tions with a fourth dose of coro­n­avirus vac­cine will start for peo­ple aged 80 and for elder­ly clients at nurs­ing homes in the Soite area

The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare has rec­om­mend­ed that the regions start admin­is­ter­ing a fourth dose of the coro­n­avirus vac­cine to all those over 80 years of age and to elder­ly res­i­dents at facil­i­ties and nurs­ing homes. Vac­ci­na­tions with the fourth dose will begin imme­di­ate­ly at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion cen­trals and also as soon as pos­si­ble at the ser­vice home units. The fourth dose of the vac­cine can be giv­en when at least 3 months have passed since the third vac­cine dose, or when at least three months have passed since the patient received the sec­ond dose and since they were infect­ed with coro­n­avirus disease.

The fourth dose is intend­ed to strength­en elder­ly cit­i­zens’ pro­tec­tion against seri­ous dis­ease that requires hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and above all else, to reduce the num­ber of coro­n­avirus-relat­ed deaths among the elder­ly. The Insti­tute rec­om­mends that the fourth dose should be giv­en quick­ly, as the aim is to boost the elderly’s pro­tec­tion now that the epi­dem­ic is at its peak.

If a per­son aged 80 or old­er or a res­i­dent at a nurs­ing home for the elder­ly has received three vac­cine dos­es and addi­tion­al­ly has been infect­ed with coro­n­avirus dis­ease, then they do not need a fourth dose for the time being.

Vac­ci­na­tions at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion centrals

As of today, per­sons aged 80 and old­er can receive a fourth dose at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion cen­trals dur­ing open­ing hours. A require­ment for this is that at least 3 months have passed since the third dose. You can get vac­ci­nat­ed dur­ing a pre-booked appoint­ment or by vis­it­ing an appoint­ment-free walk-in vaccination.

On vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, you can come to get your coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/

An appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion may still be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ or by phone on the num­ber 06 828 7488 (phone hours: Mon­day to Thurs­day 9 am to 3 pm and Fri­day 9 am to 2 pm). You can also book an appoint­ment via your health cen­tre. The appoint­ments avail­able in the elec­tron­ic appoint­ment book­ing can also be used to book an appoint­ment for the fourth vac­cine dose.

Vac­ci­na­tions for elder­ly res­i­dents at care home units

A fourth coro­n­avirus vac­cine dose for res­i­dents at care home units will be giv­en at Soite’s care home units. The vac­ci­na­tions at Soite’s ser­vice home units will begin in the near future, when coro­n­avirus infec­tions among the res­i­dents have been mapped. A per­son who has received three vac­cine dos­es and has had a coro­n­avirus infec­tion does not need to take a fourth dose.

Accord­ing to the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare, a fourth dose is rec­om­mend­ed for all res­i­dents at nurs­ing homes for the elder­ly, with no actu­al low­er age lim­it. How­ev­er, a fourth dose is not con­sid­ered nec­es­sary for e.g. younger per­sons liv­ing in nurs­ing homes for the men­tal­ly dis­abled, as the rec­om­men­da­tion only applies to the elderly.

As with the ear­li­er dos­es, the deci­sion to vac­ci­nate a per­son whose con­di­tion is frag­ile is always made on a case by case basis and after dis­cussing this togeth­er with the patient, their treat­ing physi­cian and their rel­a­tives. The Insti­tute rec­om­mends that sys­tem­at­ic vac­ci­na­tion will not be arranged for e.g. per­sons in pal­lia­tive care for whom active treat­ment has been end­ed. The rea­son for this is that com­mon side effects such as tem­po­rary fevers may weak­en the person’s con­di­tion. Vac­ci­na­tions as cat­e­go­rized as active treat­ment and the same guide­line is also applied to influen­za vaccinations.

Vac­cines

It is rec­om­mend­ed that the fourth dose should be giv­en using pri­mar­i­ly mRNA vac­cines, i.e. a full dose of BioNTech-Pfizer’s Comir­naty or a half dose of Moderna’s Spike­vax, as the amount of expe­ri­ence and research data that has been accu­mu­lat­ed glob­al­ly regard­ing the use of these in a fourth dose is the great­est. How­ev­er, Janssen’s vac­cine or the Nuvax­ovid vac­cine can also be used when giv­ing the fourth dose.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion in the Institute’s mes­sage (in Finnish).

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