Helsinki faces shortage of influenza vaccines

21 Nov 2020, 00:44

  DF Report

File Photo: Helsinki City's material bank.

Influenza vaccines are running out also in Helsinki. New vaccination times cannot be booked to the centralised vaccination points or health stations, for now, said the City of Helsinki in a press release on Friday.

The additional vaccination week (30/11–4/12) that was informed about earlier will also be cancelled.

There will be enough vaccines for Saturday and next week (23–27 November) for people who have booked times.

There will also be enough vaccines for booked times at maternity and child health clinics.

“This fall the demand for vaccines has been much greater than previously. Because of this the vaccines are running out in the entire country and despite our efforts, we can’t unfortunately get the amount of vaccines that would satisfy the demand. We are trying our best to get more vaccines to Helsinki”, Division Manager Juha Jolkkonen said.

Almost 40,000 persons who belong to risk groups and their loved ones have received the influenza vaccination in Helsinki so far.