People aged 50–69 who belong to risk groups due to a medical condition can now book their coronavirus vaccination

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2021-02-22 14:38

Coronavirus vaccinations are underway for people who have a medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease. As of Monday 22 February, those who turn 50–69 this year, i.e. people born between 1952 and 1971, can book their vaccination appointment.

Book an appointment for coronavirus vaccination online

  • The fastest way to book an appointment is to use the online system at bookcovidvaccine.fi. New appointments will become available when we know for sure when new batches of vaccines are coming. If there are no appointments available, please try again later, for example a few days later.

  • If you want to book an appointment by phone, call our number 09 816 34800 (Mon–Fri 8:00–18:00) and leave a call-back request. We will call people in the queue as new appointments become available. Some callers may have to wait for our call for a week or more as we will only return calls when there are vaccination appointments available.

The vaccine is given in two separate doses. You can book the second vaccination appointment through the online system in connection with booking the first appointment; this feature will be available in the coming weeks. If you are unable to book your second appointment online, we can book your second appointment in connection with your first vaccination. You can also book your second appointment by phone later, but we recommend that you use the online system as our telephone service may be busy. The second dose will be given approximately 12 weeks after the first dose.

Diseases and medical conditions that significantly increase the risk of severe coronavirus disease:

  • organ transplant or stem cell transplant
  • cancer for which the patient is undergoing active treatment
  • severe disorders of the immune system
  • severe chronic kidney disease
  • severe chronic lung disease
  • type 2 diabetes with medication
  • Down syndrome (adults)

Read more about diseases and medical conditions that significantly increase the risk of severe coronavirus disease. (in Finnish)

The online appointment booking system will verify that it is your turn to get vaccinated based on your age or medical condition. Your right to receive the vaccine will be checked at the vaccination site through the Kanta service or the City of Espoo patient information system. If a person to be vaccinated is not a client of City of Espoo Social and Health Services with regard to their condition or there is no access to the data in the Kanta service, they will be asked to show proof of a disease or medical condition that significantly increases their risk of severe coronavirus disease, for example a copy of their medical record.

At the moment, there are two different coronavirus vaccines available in Espoo: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and AstraZeneca Covid-19. People who have turned 70 will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine. In accordance with the instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine can currently only be administered to people under the age of 70. For this reason, we will start vaccinating risk groups among people aged 65–69 alongside the elderly.

The third vaccination site for risk groups will open at Metro Areena next week

There are currently two vaccination sites for risk groups in Espoo: The third vaccination site for risk groups will open at Metro Areena next week. You will need to book an appointment before visiting any of the vaccination sites.

  • Iso Omena shopping centre, 2nd floor (address: Suomenlahdentie 1)
  • Veräjäkallionkatu 3, Lintuvaara
  • The third vaccination site for risk groups will open at Metro Areena (address Urheilupuistontie 3) in week 9.

Please note: The Tapiola Health Centre only offers the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine which is intended for people aged 70 and older. People who belong to risk groups will receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine which is only available at Iso Omena and in Lintuvaara (and at Metro Areena as of week 9).

Vaccination order for risk groups

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has determined the coronavirus vaccination order for risk groups and divided underlying conditions into two groups:

  1. conditions that significantly increase the risk of severe coronavirus disease
  2. conditions that increase the risk of severe coronavirus disease.

The vaccine will be first offered to group 1 and then to group 2. Within these groups, all of those with underlying conditions will be vaccinated in no particular order. We will provide information on the vaccinations for group 2 (i.e. people with conditions that increase their risk of severe coronavirus disease) later.