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Finland gets 50K doses of coronavirus vaccine a week in Jan

Published : 06 Jan 2021, 02:37

Updated : 06 Jan 2021, 10:25

  DF Report

THL officials spoke at a press conference on the situation of the coronavirus vaccination on Tuesday. Photo Finnish government by Lauri Heikkinen.

Finland will get about 50,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine every week in January and the vaccines will be given to the older people outside of care homes in February, said the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in a press release on Tuesday.

It might take until the end of this year to vaccinate the entire population of the country.

According to the estimation, the people of the first three vaccination groups will be comprehensively vaccinated in the country by summer 2021.

The healthcare and social welfare workers, people above 70 years, and persons at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease are included in the three priority groups.

These groups include a total of about 1.5 million people.

Until Tuesday, about 7,000 healthcare workers involved in the treatment and pathological testing of COVID-19 patients were vaccinated in Finland.

So far, 50,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine have arrived in Finland in two batches.

The first batch of 10,000 vaccines arrived on 26 December while 40,000 vaccines arrived in the second batch on 31 December.