FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

(Updated 28 March 2022

  • You will be given an appointment for the second dose in connection with the first vaccination. You can check it on the pages of eHealthservices if you have forgotten the time of your appointment. 

  • If you received your first vaccination through home care or residential services, you will also get your second dose that way. The second vaccine is given 12 weeks after the first one. 

  • If you got your first appointment through occupational health services, contact them for the second vaccine. If you are no longer part of occupational health care, call the Turku COVID-19 vaccination helpline (tel. 02 266 0159). 

  • If you got your first dose of the vaccine in a different municipality and have only recently moved to Turku.  Book a time for the second vaccination by calling the Turku COVID-19 vaccination helpline (tel. 02 266 0159). 

  • According to the THL guideline, the 12-week interval between doses of the mRNA vaccine may be shortened at local discretion if vaccine availability in the area is sufficient and shortening the dosing interval does not delay anyone else from receiving their first dose. As of the 16th of August, new appointments for the 2nd vaccine dose will be set 8-10 weeks from the first. Those who have previously received a vaccination appointment according to the 12-week interval can shorten the interval period to eight weeks from August 30th (week 35) onward. Those who have previously received a vaccination appointment cannot yet advance their vaccination appointment. New appointments will become available for booking at eTerveyspalvelut at the end of August. In addition, Pop-up vaccination events will also be organised during the coming fall and those seeking their 2nd dose can attend as well.

Cancelling a vaccination appointment 

If you need to change your appointment for the second vaccine dose, it can be done only through the COVID-19 vaccination helpline. Cancelling appointments for holidays or travel is not recommended. Appointments are not moved forward and getting a new time could be difficult if all of the time slots are fully booked. If the time that is given is not suitable because you are ill, for example, it must be cancelled. There are two ways to do this: 

  1. Through eHealthservices no later than 24 hours before the vaccination time. 
  2. By calling the Turku COVID-19 vaccination helpline (tel. 02 266 0159), where you can leave a voice mail including the name, date of birth, and the time of the vaccination that you wish to cancel. The line is open 24 hours a day. 

After cancelling the appointment, you may book a new appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine by calling the vaccination helpline 02 266 0159 (Mon.-Fri 8-14) 

Second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and vaccines administered abroad:  

  • For those over the age of 65 the vaccine used for the second dose is always the same type as the one used for the first. From 19 May, persons over the age of 65 who have been given the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose may decline AstraZeneca vaccine as their second dose and may take an mRNA vaccine instead. The old appointment need not be cancelled, and you may ask the person administering the vaccines to change your vaccine at the Turku Fair Center.  

  • If you are under 65 and have received an AstraZeneca vaccine as the first dose, the second dose will be with an mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty or Moderna vaccine). Under the national policy, those under the age of 65 are not to be given the AstraZeneca vaccine, the only exceptions being an anaphylactic reaction to an mRNA vaccine or a component of it. 

  • If a person has received the first vaccine dose abroad and the vaccine preparation is one that is used in Finland, the second dose is given with the same vaccine as the first.   

  • If a person has received one dose of a vaccine and the brand of the vaccine is unknown, the second vaccine will be a preparation that is used in Finland, intended for the age group of the person in question 12 weeks after the dose received abroad.   

Location for the vaccination 

From 16 August, 2021 the location for the vaccines will be Satakunnantie 105.