We have gathered together on this page the most frequently asked questions about coronavirusvaccinations. (6/9/2022)

Coronavirusvaccinations in Turku

What does COVID-19 vaccine cost?
COVID-19 vaccines are free for all people living in Finland.

When do we know about the vaccination schedules in Turku? When can ou book a time for the vaccine?

Turku residents or temporarily residents over the age of 5 and those living in Turku can register for getting their first COVID-19 vaccine. 

All info about vaccinations and how to book your time can be found at Coronavirus Vaccinations in Turku

Do I have to be a municipal citizen in the municipality where I book a vaccination appointment?

Turku vaccinates municipal citizens and people who have selected Turku as their health service point. For instance, the number of vaccines that will be received by Turku for vaccinating elderly people is proportional to the number of elderly inhabitants in Turku. In addition, Turku offers vaccines to people staying in the city temporarily, for example for work or study. 

Where do I go to get the vaccination?

Satakunnantie vaccination reception (Satakunnantie 105)

  • The Satakunnantie vaccination reception is open:
    • Monday–Friday from 8:45 to 15:15

From 22 August, vaccinations for children aged 5–11 are given at Satakunnantie vaccination reception 

Vaccinations for children are given at Satakunnantie vaccination receptioncentre every weekday without advance booking.

  • Monday-Friday from 8:45 to 15:15, Satakunnantie vaccination receptioncentre, Satakunnantie 105

Read more: Coronavirus vaccinations for children

All information on vaccination sites can be foud at Coronavirus Vaccinations in Turku.

What do I have to take into consideration when I arrive ? 

  • Only come for your vaccination if you are well. 
  • Maintain good hand hygiene. 
  • Wear a face mask both when you arrive and inside Turku Fair Center. 
  • Bring your Kela card with you. 
  • Wear a shirt that you can easily take off. 
  • Be prepared to stay at the vaccination site for approximately 15 minutes after vaccination. 

Information about the COVID-19 vaccines

Is the COVID-19 vaccination voluntary?
COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary and free of charge for all – including health care personnel. 

Which vaccines are used in Turku? 
People vaccinated in Turku will be offered the BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine or the Moderna Spikevax or the or Novavax's Nuvaxovid vaccine.

  • Children and young people will be offered age-appropriate the BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine or the Moderna Spikevax vaccine. These are the only vaccines currently in use in Finland that are conditionally authorised for use in people 12 years of age or older. Both vaccines are mRNA vaccines.

When do I get the second dose?

As a rule, the interval between the 1st and 2nd vaccine is 6 weeks.

If I have had coronavirus without knowing it and I get vaccinated, can the antibodies cause a risk? 

The COVID-19 vaccine will not cause any harm even if you have been ill with coronavirus without knowing. If you know that you have had coronavirus, it is recommended that you wait at least 6 months after falling ill before you get vaccinated. The current understanding is that the immunity after COVID-19 lasts for 6 months, so the coronavirus vaccination is not recommended until around six months after the infection, unless the state of health requires otherwise. The COVID-19 vaccine will not harm you if you have contracted COVID-19 without knowing it. If you know you have had COVID-19, you should wait, because the symptoms will be less severe after the vaccination and you will get the best protection. 

Do I have to wait if I have had another vaccine recently?

All covid-19 vaccinations available in Finland can be given out at the same time as other vaccines in accordance with regular vaccination guidelines.  

Are the COVID-19 vaccines effective against mutated coronaviruses?
Based on current knowledge, current COVID-19 vaccines also provide protection against a severe disease and new viral variants. THL follows and instructs possible vaccine boosters for different target groups.

Is the vaccine safe? 
Coronavirus vaccines are evaluated on the same quality, safety and efficacy criteria as other medicines. The authorities for medicinal products only grant a marketing authorisation to a vaccine that has been scientifically demonstrated to be both effective and safe. Safety is also monitored after the vaccine is in the market.
Coronavirus vaccines are being developed at an unprecedented rate, and an enormous amount of resources has been allocated to their development around the world. In a normal situation, the trial phases take place one after another, but now the phases have been performed in parallel to save time.

What symptoms can you have after vaccination?

  • The most typical symptoms after the injection include local symptoms at the site of injection, such as pain, redness, heat, and swelling.
  • Also very typical are transient general symptoms, such as fever reactions, muscle pain, headache, fatigue, irritability, nausea, and chills.
  • The expected symptoms, such as local reactions, are more common after the second dose. All vaccines can also cause severe allergic reactions but their occurrence is rare.

How have undocumented persons been taken into consideration in the vaccination programme?  
Undocumented people will receive their vaccines when it is their age group's turn to be vaccinated.

Is vaccination necessary for those who have already had the coronavirus?
Having previously had the coronavirus disease does not prevent vaccination. Having the disease corresponds to one vaccine dose.

For persons aged 18 or over who have had the disease, a first dose of coronavirus vaccine is recommended after 2 months have passed from the disease at the earliest. To persons under 18 years of age, a vaccine may be administered between 4 and 6 months after the disease.

If a vaccinated person falls ill with the coronavirus disease, the disease strengthens the protection provided by vaccinations in the same way as the next dose of vaccine does for persons who have not had the disease. However, it should be noted that the interval between the vaccine dose and the coronavirus infection must be sufficiently long, at least 6 weeks, so that the infection may be considered equivalent to one vaccine dose. In the longer term, a better immune response is achieved.

Risk groups

What high-risk groups is the coronavirus vaccine recommended for?

Age is the most important risk factor for serious coronavirus disease. For that reason, the vaccine is recommended for the elderly.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has updated the vaccination order of people in high-risk groups on 5 February 2021. 
Group 1: Persons with an illness or condition that poses an extremely great risk of severe coronavirus disease See exact definitions in Finnish: Ketkä kuuluvat vakavan COVID-19-taudin riskiryhmiin? (THL)
Group 2:  Persons with an illness or condition that poses a risk of severe coronavirus disease. 
Risk groups  with the under 16 year-olds are the same exept for the morbid obesity when ISO-BMI is 35 or over. For children aged 12 to 15, it is recommended to use ISO-BMI, the body mass index for children, as it takes into account the physical proportions of children and their changes with growth and age. The ISO- BMI weight index is calculated using age, height and weight and can be calculated with the following calculator:Children's body mass index (ISO-BMI) calculator (in Finnish)

At-risk groups among children aged 5-11: Risk groups for severe coronavirus disease (THL)
The most up-to-date information on risk groups can be found: Risk groups for severe coronavirus disease 

How do I prove that I belong to a risk group?

  • By specifying which risk group you belong to when you register. 
  • With a Kela card if it has a record of your illness, e.g., medication details.
  • With a doctor’s certificate, a printout of the state of your health from My Kanta service or other document that certifies that you belong to the risk group.
  • The entry can also be checked in the patient information system at the vaccination appointment.

When will I be considered to belong to the age group of people over 12?

Your age group is determined on the basis of the day – not year – you were born. For instance, on the day you turn 12 you will belong to the age group of people over 12. 

Can I take the vaccine if I am allergic?

  • It is exceedingly rare for anyone to be unable to take the vaccine. If the vaccine causes an immediate, serious allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, a second vaccine, or other corona vaccine preparation containing the same components, will not be administered.
  • The mRNA vaccine does not contain any ingredient of plant or animal origin. Those allergic to pollen, and certain foods can I take the coronavirus vaccine.
  • You can have the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine even if you are allergic to eggs. The mRNA vaccines do not contain any egg proteins.
  • mRNA vaccines: FAQ

Can you get a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant?

  • Pregnant women are part of the at-risk group of people with illnesses or conditions that make them susceptible to severe coronavirus disease.
  • The at-risk group includes all who are pregnant. Pregnancy increases the need for intensive care and the risk of coming down with a serious coronavirus infection. The risk grows among expectant mothers with other factors that expose them to severe coronavirus infections, such as significant obesity.
  • Coronavirus infection has also been seen to increase the risk of preeclampsia.
  • Pregnant women are also more susceptible to venous thrombosis if they develop a coronavirus infection.
  • It is nationally recommended to take a coronavirus vaccine for all who are pregnant.
  • Pregnancy and coronavirus (THL)

Will children be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Second dose of the vaccination

When can I get the second vaccination?

As a rule, the interval between the 1st and 2nd vaccine is 6 weeks.

If I got my vaccines abroad what do I need to do?

  • If someone has received a covid-19 vaccine outside of Finland and the particular vaccine is used in Finland, the next dose of the same vaccine can be used.  
  • If someone has been given one dose of a vaccine and the type of vaccine is unknown, the second dose given in Finland will be the particular vaccine intended for the person’s age group.
  • If someone has been given a full set of another vaccine that is not used in the EU, their situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Third coronavirus vaccinations

More information: Third coronavirus vaccinations in Turku

Fourth dose of the vaccination

Fifth dose of the vaccination

More information: Fifth coronavirus vaccinations in Turku

Booster vaccinations, autumn 2022

Coronavirus vaccinations for children

Vaccinating children in Turku aged 5-11 against coronavirus are currently underway.

More information: Coronavirus vaccinations for children

More information: Coronavirus vaccinations for children and young people

After vaccination

Do those who have taken the coronavirus vaccine still need to practice social distancing and wear masks?
After vaccination it is still important to maintain distancing, to exercise good hand and cough hygiene, to use face masks when social distancing is not possible, to be tested when symptoms emerge, and to follow other instructions in fighting the coronavirus. 

What can I do after vaccination?
You can usually continue your everyday life as normal after vaccination. For instance, there is no need to avoid exercise or going to sauna. It is recommended that very strenuous exercise be avoided for a few days after vaccination.

Can I get coronavirus from the vaccine?

You cannot get coronavirus from the vaccine. Fever and higher temperature than normal may be caused by the vaccine but they can also be symptoms of coronavirus. That is why you should stay home until you haven’t had fever for 24 hours (without having to use fever-reducing medicine). If you have temperature for more than 3 days or if you also develop other symptoms matching coronavirus, you can have  a coronavirus infection or any other infection.

I need a proof of vaccination for traveling. What do I do?

  • The EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is available in the My Kanta Pages, will also include a test certificate and a certificate of recovery. The EU COVID-19 vaccination certificate has been available also in the My Kanta Pages. (When leaving the country you need to test in a private healthcare facility but when arriving to Finland your test is free)
  • Persons who are not using My Kanta Pages can obtain another certificate of a COVID-19 vaccination from the healthcare service. Don't contact the Coronavaccination helpline for this but ask it from your healtcare station. The healthcare services uses a service that enables printing out EU vaccination certificates for persons who are not using My Kanta Pages. Read more: COVID-19 passport
  • For incomplete or incorrect vaccination  marking contact Coronavirus helpline, tel 02 266 2714
  • The serves from Mon to Thu 8:00–15:00 and Fri 8:00–13:00.

What symptoms can you have after vaccination?

Like all medicines, this vaccine can cause side effects. Most of the symptoms are mild and short-lived, and only a small percentage of vaccinated people get them.

Possible symptoms

  • General symptoms: headache, joint and muscle pain, fever, chills, tiredness or nausea
  • Local symptoms at the injection site: heat, redness, swelling, pain, itching or rash
  • Local swelling of lymph nodes may occur.
  • Other adverse effects are rare.

General and local symptoms usually pass in a few days. An extensive local reaction may last longer.That does not usually indicate an allergy, however. 

What should I do I suspect that I’m experiencing adverse effects?  

If you notice after vaccination that you are experiencing an adverse effect that has not been included in the list of common adverse effects, please contact City of Turku Coronavirus helpline, tel 02 266 2714
The helpline serves from Mon to Thu 8:00–15:00 and Fri 8:00–13:00. You will be redirected to a professional who interviews you and forwards your information to Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea.