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.
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).