Coronavirus vaccinations are now progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 5 who live in Soite’s area.
|Dose||Target group||Vaccination interval||Please note|
|First dose||All persons who are at least five years old.||–||Coronavirus vaccinations for 5-11-year-old children only by appointment.|
|Second dose||All persons who are at least five years old.||6 – 12 weeks after the first dose.||Coronavirus vaccinations for 5-11-year-old children only by appointment.|
|Third dose||• All persons over the age of 18|
• 12-17-year-old persons who belong to risk groups 1 – 2 (the text is available in Finnish and in Swedish)
| • persons who are at least 12 years old and have a severe immunodeficiency (the text is available in Finnish and in Swedish): two months after the second dose |
• persons over the age of 18 who belong to a risk group and all persons over the age of 60: 3 – 4 months after the second dose
• all 18-59-year-old persons: 4 – 6 months after the second dose
• 12-17-year-old persons who belong to a risk group: six months after the second dose
• all 12-17-year old persons: six months after the second dose if a third dose is necessary for other than medical reasons, e.g. because of travelling
|The coronavirus vaccine Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.1 vaccine that has been tailored to the omicron variant of the coronavirus can be given as doses 3, 4 and 5 in a vaccination series. For more information, please read the bulletin.|
The client may choose if s/he takes a vaccine of the new type or a vaccine of the old type.
|Fourth dose|| • Persons who are at least 12 years old and have a severe immunodeficiency (the text is available in Finnish and in Swedish)|
• All persons over the age of 60
• Persons over the age of 18 who belong to risk groups 1 – 2 (the text is available in Finnish and in Swedish)
| • three months after the third dose|
|Fifth dose||• Persons who are at least 12 years old and have a severe immunodeficiency (the text is available in Finnish and in Swedish)|| • 4 – 6 months after the fourth dose|
|Booster dose in late autumn/early winter 2022|| • all who have turned 65|
• persons who have turned 18 and belong to risk group 1 or 2 (the text is available in Finnish and in Swedish)
• persons who have turned 12 and have a severe immunodeficiency (the text available in Finnish and in Swedish)
|• when at least three months has passed since the previous vaccination or a COVID-19 infection||The booster dose in late autumn/early winter 2022 is usually given in connection with an influenza vaccination.|
An influenza vaccine can be taken at the same time with a coronavirus vaccine. For more information on influenza vaccinations, please read Soite’s bulletin (available in Finnish and in Swedish).
A vaccination appointment must be booked in advance.
Soite gives vaccine doses 1-5. You may get your vaccine dose at any of Soite’s vaccination sites.
Soite’s vaccination sites offer Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. When it comes to other vaccines (Moderna, Spikevax, Nuvaxovid, Jansen), please call beforehand, 06 828 7488.
According to policy by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL, it is recommended that a vaccination series with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) is primarily completed using the same vaccine, but it is possible to use different mRNA vaccines in a vaccination series.
A vaccination appointment must be booked in advance either online or by phone. Even a vaccination of a 5-11-year-old child must be booked in advance. Walk-in vaccinations are no longer organized. Instead, vaccinations are only given at booked appointments.
Booking an appointment for a coronavirus vaccination
You can book a vaccination appointment by phone or online.
- electronic appointment booking in the My Healthcare service is open 24/7.
- Log on to the My Healthcare service with your online bank user identifiers (or some other means of strong identification) in order to book an appointment for yourself.
- The days that still have appointments available are marked with green colour in the web calendar.
- You can book an appointment for another person if you have made an agreement regarding this.
- Telephone booking 06 828 7488. Monday to Wednesday 8 AM – 12 noon. You can also book an appointment via your local health centre.
The electronic booking works more smoothly and we recommend that appointments are booked online if possible.
Other information about appointment booking
You can book an appointment via the electronic My Healthcare service if you have identifiers that are needed for electronic identification (online bank user identifiers or a mobile ID). If electronic identification is not possible, the appointment must be booked by phone.
If an informal caregiver or partner who lives in the same household is vaccinated at the same time, the appointment should be booked by phone for both persons.
We ask persons close to elderly persons to make sure the elderly get an appointment for a vaccination and are able to come to the vaccination site.
The electronic booking system shows, which vaccination sites have available vaccination appointments. Vaccination appointments are always opened for several weeks at once.
If you have previously had an anaphylactic shock, please book your vaccination appointment to your own health care centre or via the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821, Monday to Friday 9 am to 2 pm.
The next vaccine dose can be given when enough time has passed since the previous dose. The interval between vaccinations depends on the age and risk group. The vaccination information is checked at the vaccination site and if enough time has not passed since the previous vaccine dose, a new vaccine dose cannot yet be given.
If an insurmountable obstacle arises and it is not possible for you to come to an appointment you have booked, the appointment can be cancelled via the My Healthcare service or by calling the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821 Monday to Friday 9 AM to 2 PM.
Consent of the guardians for the vaccination of a child
Under aged persons may decide themselves if they want a coronavirus vaccine, if the health care professional administering the vaccine assesses that the child or young person is sufficiently mature to decide on the matter on their own based on their age and development level. In the legislation, no legal age limit has been set for a child’s independent decision, which is why the situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For most of those aged 5–11, the consent of their guardians is required for a vaccination.
If a child is unable make a decision on their own about a vaccination or does not want to decide for themselves, the consent of all guardians is required for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccinations are voluntary and free of charge. Consent can be given with this form in Finnish or with this Swedish language form.
If the child comes for their vaccination with only one guardian, the guardian who is absent must have signed the consent form. The consent form can be printed off of THL’s (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare) website (the form is available in Finnish and in Swedish).
You can choose to which vaccination site you book your appointment:
- The vaccination site on Mariankatu (Kokkola main health care station, Mariankatu 28, entrance A)
- Kannus health care centre (Lopotinkatu 2)
- Toholampi health care centre (Sairaalantie 2)
- Tunkkari vaccination site (Tunkkari health care station, Mäntöläntie 2, Veteli)
- Perho (the health care station, Vanhainkodintie 20, 69950 Perho)
At this point, it is possible to book an appointment only to these vaccination sites.
Please note when you come for a vaccination:
- Come for a vaccination only if you are healthy.
- Take your Kela card with you and take it out while you wait.
- Wear clothes that make it easy to expose your upper arm.
- Use a face mask and disinfect your hands when you come and when you go.
- Keep a safe distance (2 metres) to other people while you wait.
- Be prepared to stay at the vaccination site for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
Coronavirus vaccinations are voluntary and free of charge for everyone. COVID-19 vaccines offer effective protection against the COVID-19 disease and especially its severe forms. According to current knowledge, COVID-19 vaccines also work against mutated virus variants (source: THL).
More information on vaccines
Information on coronavirus vaccines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on THL’s website: