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COVID-19 vaccinations

This page gives information about vaccinations against COVID-19 in Porvoo.

Updated on June 7th, 2022

All COVID-19 vaccines are administered at Näsi Health Centre at Askolinintie 1A. The vaccination is voluntary and free for all. Everyone aged five or older are eligible.

Walk-in vaccinations

The walk-in facility provides vaccines according to normal vaccination intervals. Walk-in vaccinations are given to individuals ages 12 and up.

Upcoming walk-in vaccinations:

  • Monday June 13th at 4 pm–7 pm
  • Tuesday June 21st at 4 pm–7 pm

The Novavax vaccine is given on appointment only. We also recommend that severely immunocompromised persons needing dose 4 book an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments

You can book an appointment online or by calling. The preferred method is to do so online at

  • You must identify yourself by using your online banking ID or a mobile certificate.
  • You will also be asked to book an appointment for a booster at the same time.
  • You can use the service to book an appointment for another person if you have been officially authorised to do so on www.suomi.fi.

If you are unable to make an appointment online

  • You can also call for an appointment.
  • The booking number is +358 (0)40 145 5000.
  • A callback service is available, so please only call the line once and wait for the staff to get back to you.
  • A guardian may book a vaccination appointment for their child if the child does not have their own banking ID or a mobile certificate.
  • You will receive SMS instructions on how to reschedule or cancel your appointment when your appointment is confirmed.
  • If necessary, you can cancel your vaccination appointment by calling +358 (0)40 145 5000.

Instructions for vaccine recipients

  • we check your identity at the vaccination facility
  • please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment
  • stay for monitoring for 15 minutes after being vaccinated
  • one person can escort you if needed
  • there are vaccines available only for persons who have an appointment
  • only come if you’re healthy. You can cancel your appointment by calling +358 (0)40 145 5000.
  • we highly recommend that you use a face mask at the vaccination facility
  • practise good hand hygiene and keep a safe distance to others
  • the vaccination is free for everyone
  • if you are over 65 years of age, you can choose the Janssen adenovirusvectorvaccine for your first dose
  • the Janssen vaccine can also be given to persons aged 18–64 who for medical reasons can’t have an mRNA-vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination intervals

1st and 2nd doses, everyone aged five or older:

  • 2nd dose after six weeks from the 1st dose

3rd dose:

  • People aged 60 or older: 3rd dose after three months from the 2nd dose
  • 18–59-year-olds: 3rd dose after four months from the 2nd dose
  • Severely immunocompromised over 12-year-olds: 3rd dose 2 months after 2nd dose
  • 12-17-year-olds belonging to a risk group: 3rd dose 6 months after 2nd dose

4th dose:

  • Severely immunocompromised over 12-year-olds: 4th dose 3 months after the 3rd dose.

People who have had COVID-19:

  • People who have had COVID-19 should have their first vaccine six months after the infection. However, severely immunocompromised individuals may be vaccinated 1–3 months from the infection. 
  • If a person who has received a single dose becomes infected by the coronavirus, the infection will boost the protection from the first dose similarly to having a second dose of the vaccine.

Vaccinations for the under-18s after a COVID-19 infection:

  • The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends that people under 18 who have had COVID-19 receive one vaccine dose 4–6 months after the infection.
  • If a person is under 18 and catches COVID after receiving their first dose, they will not need a second dose, according to THL.
  • However, a second dose can be given to children and adolescents for purposes of travel or other compelling reasons if the gap between the first dose and the infection was more than six weeks.

Vaccinations for children and adolescents

The guardian of a child may book a vaccination appointment on behalf of the child, if the child doesn’t have online banking ID or a mobile certificate.

A minor can decide on their own vaccination, if the health care professional administering the vaccine believes that the minor is able to do so based on their age and developmental stage. The law does not specify an age limit for a child’s right to self-determination, and each case is assessed separately.

If an underaged child is unable or unwilling to decide on their vaccination, consent to vaccinate the child is needed from all the child’s guardians.

Even if an underaged child does not make the decision on their vaccination, they should be offered information about the vaccination and its importance, and their views should be heard if possible based on their age and developmental stage.

5–11-year-olds

  • All children aged 5 to 11 will be offered the BioNTech-Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine, a smaller dose of which is specifically intended for this age group.
  • 5–11-year-olds need to have a consent form signed by their guardians to be vaccinated.
  • The minimum age is based on the child’s birthday, not their year of birth.

5–11-year-olds in a risk group

Children aged 5–11 that belong to a risk group according to THL’s guidelines are being vaccinated in

The vaccine used is BioNTech-Pfizer’s Comirnaty.

According to THL’s guidelines, the following may increase a child’s risk of serious illness due to a coronavirus infection:

  • an organ or stem cell transplant
  • strong immunosuppressive treatment or severe immunodeficiency
  • chronic lung diseases
  • certain heart conditions in children
  • chronic kidney disease
  • severe chronic liver disease
  • a rare metabolic disorder or other rare condition that affects the immune system or has been deemed by a specialist, for some other reason, to increase a risk of serious illness or complications
  • being overweight, BMI of at least 30
  • paediatric neurology patients suffering from respiratory failure and/or increased susceptibility to infection
  • Down syndrome
  • type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • asthma that requires regular medication.

Second COVID-19 vaccination dose – the elderly and people in risk groups who have had COVID

THL recommends a second dose of vaccine to the elderly and people at risk of a serious coronavirus infection who have had COVID and received one dose of vaccine.

If a person needs a second dose of vaccine in addition to having had a COVID infection and one dose of vaccine, it can be administered when at least six weeks have passed from the first dose. A vaccination given soon after a COVID infection may cause more severe reactions to the vaccine.

You can bring forward the appointment for your second dose, i.e. your booster jab, to receive it once a minimum of six weeks have passed since your first dose.

3rd dose for those who are 18 or older

People who are 60 or older, and people in risk groups

THL recommends that those who are 60 or older, as well as people in other risk groups, receive a third dose of vaccine after 3–4 months of their second dose.

Those under 60 who are not in any risk group may be offered a third dose 4–6 months after the second dose. The previous recommendation was for these groups to wait for 5–6 months between jabs.

If you have had a COVID-19 infection and you have received two doses of vaccine, you will not need a third one. However, severely immunocompromised individuals make an exception to this rule.

Immunocompromised individuals

Severely immunocompromised individuals, including those aged 12 and older, may book an appointment for a third vaccine dose once at least two months have passed from the second dose.

Severely immunocompromised individuals (3rd dose):

  • organ transplant
  • stem cell transplant
  • severe or intermediate primary immunodeficiency
  • immunosuppressive cancer treatment
  • treatment of autoimmune diseases with biological immunosuppressive medication or JAK inhibitors
  • dialysis or severe chronic kidney failure
  • advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • other serious immunosuppressive condition diagnosed by a doctor.

4th dose for severely immunocompromised individuals

We offer following groups a 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

  • individuals aged 80 or over
  • individuals aged 70–79 that are in a risk group due to their health
  • elderly living in assisted living regardless of age
  • persons aged 12 and older with severely weakened immune systems
  • individuals aged 65 and over that have a specific need for it.

The specific need means that the individual’s health and ability to function is compromised so that he or she needs in-home care on at least a weekly basis.

A booster can be administered after 3–4 months of the third dose.

More information about the COVID-19 vaccines

You can inquire more details via e-mail: koronarokotukset@porvoo.fi.