Vaccines in Finland

Where and when do I get the vaccine? Do I need a vaccination certificate?

Where and when do I get the vaccine? 

The COVID-19 vaccine is provided free of charge to all those over 16 years of age who want to take it. However, there is a limited supply of vaccines. Therefore, the vaccinations follow an order whereby the healthcare personnel in essential jobs are vaccinated first, followed by the aged and those with chronic diseases predisposing to a serious form of the coronavirus disease.

You will be informed by your home municipality of your vaccination time and place. If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccines or your own health, please contact your own healthcare centre or occupational healthcare service.  

The THL site also provides instruction of the sources of information about the how, where and when of the COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Risk group vaccination order

The Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has defined two core groups: individuals with a chronic disease predisposing heavily to the serious version of the coronavirus disease and those predisposed to the serious form of the disease.

The diseases predisposing the individual heavily to the serious coronavirus disease are, for example, serious chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that weakens immune resistance (organ transplant, acute cancer therapy) and severe chronic pulmonary disease.

Diseases that predispose the individual to a serious form of the coronavirus disease include, for example, coronary artery disease and cirrhotic liver disease.
For further information about the vaccination order and risk groups, please go to the THL page.

Digital vaccination card

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is currently preparing a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate, available at the Omakanta online service. The certificate would show whether the individual in question already has taken the COVID-19 vaccine or not. The situations requiring the individual to present the vaccination certificate have not yet been decided. 

According to the planned timetable, the COVID-19 vaccination certificates would be introduced in 2021. In the future, it would also be easier to update the data on other vaccinations.

It will soon be easier to monitor vaccination data as a separate Vaccines section is being prepared for the Omakanta service. Previously vaccination data has only been available on a traditional paper card, but not in digital form. 

In the future, the vaccination data will be digitally available in the Omakanta service as soon as a vaccination is taken. The healthcare professional performing the vaccination will record the vaccination in the service where the individual’s vaccinations are summarised. Many users already have the digital vaccination card in their Omakanta. 

Please go to the THL page to read more about the COVID-19 vaccination card.

Further reading

Page published 28.4.2021
Page edited 28.4.2021