Tuesday August 03, 2021

Coronavirus vaccination without appointment begins in Helsinki

Published : 22 Jul 2021, 04:04

Updated : 22 Jul 2021, 04:05

  DF Report

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The City of Helsinki has made coronavirus vaccines available for the city dwellers without appointment from Wednesday, said a press release of the city.

The first dose could be taken at any vaccination point in Helsinki from 10:00 to 15.15 on weekdays and from 11:00 to 16:15 on Saturdays.

Everyone over the age of 16 (born in 2005 or earlier), and those between the ages 12–15 who belong to risk groups 1 or 2 according to THL’s definition are eligible to get the vaccine .

The people should have an ID or Kela card with them at the vaccination point.

When the first jab without appointment will be given, the authority will book an appointment for the booster vaccine at the same time. The second jab is given 8–12 weeks after the first one.

“We tried last Saturday to give vaccines without appointment. On Saturday over 1100 Helsinkians came to get the first jab”, said Timo Lukkarinen, Director of Health stations.

“After the success on Saturday we now give the vaccines so that the first jab can be given without appointment from all vaccination points in Helsinki at specific times on weekdays and Saturdays,” he said, adding that they want to make it as easy and simple as possible for Helsinkians to get the vaccines.

The vaccination points are located at Jätkäsaari (Tyynenmerenkatu 6 L3), Malmi (Stadin ammattiopisto, Vanha Helsingintie 5/Latokartanontie 16), Messukeskus (Northern entrance, Ratapihantie 17) and Myllypuro (Metropolia, Myllypurontie 1), the press release added.