The coronavirus infection rates are once again on the rise in Turku. The incidence rate is c. 230 (230/100 000/14 days) and the rate has been increasing steadily. The percentage of positive samples is currently c. 8-10%

Those who have received two vaccine doses no longer need to be tested, which means less people are getting tested than previously. Therefore the testing rates have decreased as expected in Turku. It is still important that everyone 12 years and older who has not been vaccinated or has only received one dose still gets tested.

– We have around twenty people from Turku in hospital care at the moment; in other words, the epidemic is not over. The only way to protect oneself against infectious diseases is through getting vaccinated, reminds Jutta Peltoniemi, physician responsible for infectious diseases.

The tracing of cases in schools and day cares has been eased in Turku based on national research data that shows that transmission among children is low. The most common ways for the coronavirus to be transmitted are still through sharing a household, close circle of acquaintances, workplaces and international travel.

Based on the infection rates in Turku using a mask is still recommended as before and the situation is being evaluated regularly.

In schools the use of masks is recommended from 4th grade primary upwards until the Autumn holiday. After the Autumn holiday the mask recommendation will be in place from 6th grade primary upwards until the second doses of vaccine have been sufficiently administered and immunity has developed. We will inform more about the lifting of mask recommendations in schools as the vaccinations proceed.

The face mask mandate in Föli transport has been lifted and changed to a recommendation Wednesday 6.10. Föli recommends the use of a face mask both inside buses and at bus stops. The recommendation applies to passengers 12 years and older.

3. The administering of vaccines is progressing at a good rate in Turku

148 576 (75,4% of Turku residents) have received their first vaccine dose in Turku and 117 783 (59,9% of Turku residents) have received both doses.

Among over 80-year-olds, the vaccination rate is 93,4%; among 70-79-year-olds, 94,9%; among 60-69-year-olds, 91,4%; among 50-59-year-olds, 88,2%, among 40-49-year-olds, 82,27%; among 30-39-year-olds, 77% and among 20-29-year-olds 79%. Of 12-19-year-olds, 72,6% have taken the vaccine by now.

Third vaccine doses are currently being administered in Turku to those severely immunosuppressed as well as residents who received their initial doses 3-5 weeks apart. There is as yet no national policy on third doses for other groups.

Pop-up vaccination receptions are being organised around the city

The pop-up receptions are administering both first and second doses without having to book an appointment

  • At the reception on Satakunnantie 105 pop-up vaccinations are being administered on every weekday for all residents of Turku (Mo-Fri 8:45-15:15).
  • 12-29-year-olds and pregnant persons can receive their vaccine from the students’ health clinic (Hämeenkatu 10, 4th floor) Saturday 9.10. 10-15 and Sunday 10.10. 10-15.
  • At the Varissuo health station (Nisse Kavon katu 3) vaccines will administered without appointment Tuesday 5.10. 8:45-15 and Wednesday 6.10. 8:45-15.
  • At the Pansio health station (Hyrköistentie 26–28) vaccines will administered throughout October without appointment Mondays and Tuesday 12-16. The vaccines are in the first hand administered to residents of Perno and Pansio 12 years and older as well as workers of the shipyard.
  • More information about the pop-up vaccinations is available at: turku.fi/en/pop-up-vaccinations

A vaccination appointment can be booked for instance through eTerveyspalvelut at turku.fi/eterveyspalvelut or by calling the coronavirus vaccine telephone line (tel. 02 266 0159, Mo-Fri 8-14)

Coronavirus infections in two social welfare institutions

In the Hyvä mieli service home Suojakoti and in the Ykköskoti Martti ja Heikki there have been several cases of coronavirus. The situation is under control in both units.