This page provides information about eligibility for the influenza vaccination and the late autumn booster dose of the coronavirus vaccination.
The following groups are eligible to receive the influenza vaccine:
- Individuals aged 65 and above
- Expectant individuals
- Children under the age of 7
- Those who belong to high-risk groups due to illness or treatment
- Individuals starting military service or voluntary military service
- Personnel working in health and social services, as well as pharmaceutical sectors
- Close contacts of individuals highly susceptible to severe influenza.
For a more detailed description of close contacts, please refer to THL’s website (in Finnish).
The following groups are eligible to receive the late autumn booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine:
- Individuals aged 65 and above
- Individuals aged 18 and above with medical risk factors
- Individuals aged 12 and above with severe immunodeficiency
Individuals under the age of 65 who are in good health and do not have underlying medical conditions making them vulnerable to severe coronavirus do not need to receive a booster dose. The previously recommended three vaccine doses, which also include individuals who have previously recovered from coronavirus, continue to offer effective protection against severe coronavirus for this specific group.
Maternity and child health clinic clients
The late autumn booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine for schoolchildren in high-risk groups is available by appointment at the Malmi centralised maternity and child health clinic service (Malmin raitti 17 A). To book a vaccination appointment, please contact the clinic’s telephone service. Schoolchildren in high-risk groups will receive the influenza vaccine at the city’s designated vaccination points or through their school’s health care services. Parents have the option to schedule a vaccination appointment for their child with the public health nurse at their child’s school.
Note! The maternity and child health clinic telephone service is only for maternity and child health clinic clients and school children who belong to risk groups.
Students in high-risk groups will receive the influenza vaccine and the late autumn booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine at vaccination points or through separately provided instructions at their educational institution. Health and social services students undertaking practical training will be offered the influenza vaccine through student healthcare. For detailed information regarding the schedule of influenza vaccinations for students, please reach out to the public health nurse at your educational institution.
Clients of care services
Helsinki’s hospital wards, senior centres, and service homes will administer vaccinations to their own clients. Home care clients with limited mobility will receive vaccinations at home. Other home care clients who can travel to vaccination points will receive their vaccinations alongside other residents at these locations.
Personnel of health and social services and pharmaceutical services
Health and social services, as well as pharmaceutical services personnel, are primarily offered the influenza vaccine through occupational healthcare.
In the case of health and social service workers, it is advisable to consider the late autumn booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine only if they meet the eligibility criteria based on their age or underlying medical conditions. It’s important to note that not all healthcare professionals require the late autumn booster dose for medical reasons, as it depends on individual circumstances.