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Helsinki begins vaccinating risk group people on Monday

Published : 06 Nov 2023, 03:54

  DF Report
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The vaccination of risk groups against influenza and coronavirus will start in Helsinki on Monday, said the City of Helsinki.

More than 40,000 people or 60 per cent of Helsinki residents who fall into risk groups made an appointment for the influenza and coronavirus vaccination.

“A great many appointments have been made for vaccinations, which is great. It shows that people have understood the importance of vaccinations. We wanted that as many as possible booked vaccination appointments, so we can shorten the queues. We hope that everyone belonging to risk groups gets the vaccines during the upcoming vaccination weeks,” said Medical Director of Health Stations Timo Lukkarinen.

People can also go directly to a vaccination point without making an appointment. They need to bring Kela card or ID card for getting vaccination.

Vaccination appointments in Maisa are currently limited. Some more time slots will be opened during the vaccination weeks. Time slots will also become available due to cancellations.

The appointment for vaccination could be made by phone.

The staff of the vaccination points will check risk group status of the people at the door.

The risk groups include people over the age of 65 and people with certain illnesses, among others. See all the risk groups eligible for vaccination.(Link leads to external service)

Close friends and relatives of people particularly susceptible to severe influenza are also among the risk groups eligible for influenza vaccination.

This group includes people who live in the same residence or have weekly face-to-face contact with a person who is particularly susceptible to severe influenza.