We have gathered together on this page the most frequently asked questions about coronavirusvaccinations. (5/5/2022)

Coronavirusvaccinations in Turku

The strike does not affect Covid 19 vaccinations given at Satakunnatie vaccination reception or pop-up events. www.turku.fi/en/strike

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

Turku residents over the age of 18 and those living in Turku can register for getting their first COVID-19 vaccine. 

1. Book appointment via eTerveyspalvelut  (eTerveyspalvelut)

  • in Finnish or Swedish (you can find the login from the Swedish page)
  • over 16-year-olds

2. Book by phone City of Turku COVID-19 vaccination helpline, tel. +358 2 266 0159  (on weekdays from 8 am to 2 pm) 

Where do I go to get the vaccination?

  • The location for the vaccines is Satakunnantie 105. 
  • Pop up corona vaccinations events in Turku
  • School Health Care Services of the City of Turku provide coronavirus vaccinations to all willing 12–15-year-old school children. Vaccinations will be given at schools and at centralized locations.

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

  • Only come for your vaccination if you are well. 
  • Keep safety distances and maintain good hand hygiene. 
  • Wear a face mask both when you arrive and inside Turku Fair Center. 
  • Arrive as punctually as possible (you can get inside exactly 15 minutes before your appointment, not earlier) 
  • 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. 

Can I select the vaccine and which vaccines are used in Turku? 
People vaccinated in Turku will be offered the BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine or the Moderna Spikevax vaccine. Both vaccines are mRNA vaccines.

  • 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.

Who can take Nuvaxovid coronavirus vaccines?

Nuvaxovid is intended for the first and second vaccine doses of persons aged 18 or over.  The vaccine is recommended for persons who cannot be administered the mRNA or adenoviral vector vaccines. The Nuvaxovid vaccine may also be administered to other persons if they wish so.  The basic vaccination series consists of 2 vaccinations, and the recommended dose interval in Finland is 6–12 weeks.

Novavax's new Nuvaxovid coronavirus vaccines is only administered in booked appointments. The appointments are for booking on the eTerveyspalvelut service at turku.fi/eterveyspalvelut (in Finnish) and the COVID-19 vaccination helpline tel. +358 2 266 0159 (Mon–Fri 8–14).

Which vaccine I get next, if my previous vaccine was AstraZenecas vaccine?
People vaccinated in Turku will be offered the BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine or the Moderna Spikevax vaccine.

What is mRNA vaccine?
Previous vaccines have been based on the fact that they contain an antigen as an active substance. The antigen could be a part of a certain virus, for example. A vaccine aims to induce immunity especially against the specific point at which the virus attaches to the host cell.
RNA vaccines contain messenger RNA (mRNA). Because of the mRNA, the muscle cells at the injection site start to produce an active substance, in this case a surface protein of the COVID-19 virus.
The mRNA contained in the vaccines is produced synthetically in laboratories. No animal or human cells are needed for the production. The vaccine does not contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease or even parts of that virus. 

When do I get the second dose?
Currently, the mRNA vaccine dose interval is 12 weeks and can only be deviated from on an individual basis for a medically justified reason. These include cancer treatments, another disease/condition that seriously affects immunity, or major surgery. All COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in Finland require two vaccine doses.
The second dose for Astra Zeneca has been reduced to 8-12 weeks. If you need to change your appointment you can advance it. Remember that rebooking a time for a second dose needs to be done by phone. 

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 many cases of adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines have been reported in Finland? -chart (Fimea)

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. The immunity against a severe form of the disease formed as a result of contracting the coronavirus disease is preserved for at least 6 to 12 months for most persons. This immune response can be strengthened with vaccinations.  

When a person gets infected after they have had two doses of vaccine, the infection itself enhances the immunity generated by vaccinations. The coronavirus infection of vaccinated persons is likely to provide even better and longer protection than the current vaccines against the virus variant that caused the infection.  

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
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

Where can I book an appointment for the second dose?

  • You will receive the second vaccination appointment at the first vaccination, so you do not have to book it separately.
  • If you have received your vaccine through housing or care services, you will be notified about the second dose through them.
  • If you need to reschedule the second dose appointment due to illness or work-related reasons, cancel your appointment first and then book another appointment by calling the COVID-19 vaccination helpline.

Where can I check when my second dose appointment is?

You can check your second dose appointment at the website of the health care e-Services.

When can I get the second vaccination?

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

I have to cancel my second dose appointment, where can I book a new one?

After you have cancelled your appointment, you can book a new one by calling the COVID-19 vaccination helpline. Only the first vaccination appointments can be booked online.

If the time of vaccination appointment offered to you by SMS is not suitable and you need to cancel it, you can choose one of these two methods: 

Through eHealth services at turku.fi/eterveyspalvelut 24 hours before the appointment at the latest. Strong identification with online banking credentials is required.

By calling the City of Turku COVID-19 vaccination helpline, tel. +358 2 266 0159 (open Mon-Fri between 8 am and 2 pm). Please leave a voice mail message including your name, date of birth and the vaccination appointment you wish to cancel. You can call 24/7 to leave a voice mail message.

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

Third coronavirus vaccines will be administered to people aged 18 or over and at-risk groups among aged 12-17. The third dose improves the protection of medical risk groups and the elderly from severe coronavirus disease. The third dose is recommended 5-6 months after the second dose. If you are entitled to a third coronavirus vaccine, book your vaccination appointment through Health care e-Services.

More information: Third coronavirus vaccinations in Turku

Fourth dose of the vaccination

  • The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends fourth vaccinations for all who have reached the age of 80 and for all elderly residents of care homes.
  • Vaccinations of those over the age of 80 began in Turku on Thursday, 24 March. Fourth vaccinations are available at the Satakunnantie vaccination reception. The primary vaccine offered for a fourth dose is an mRNA vaccine - either Biontech-Pfizer's Comirnaty or Moderna's Spikevax.
  • Read more: Fourth coronavirus vaccinations in Turku
  • In accordance with national guidelines, Turku continues to administer 4th coronavirus vaccina-tions to the immunocompromised. The fourth vaccine dose may be administered for those over 12 years of age after at least 3-4 months have passed from the third vaccine dose.

Coronavirus vaccinations for children

Vaccinating children in Turku aged 5-11 against coronavirus are currently underway. You can book an appointment electronically through Electronic Health Care Services or by phone.

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

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. 

How many cases of adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines have been reported in Finland? -chart (Fimea)

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 COVID-19 vaccination helpline, tel. +358 2 266 0159  (on weekdays from 8 am to 2 pm). You will be redirected to a professional who interviews you and forwards your information to Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea.