It is rare that an existing disease would prevent one from taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines given in Finland do not contain a living virus, and therefore they cannot cause the coronavirus disease, based on currently available research data. Therefore, the vaccines can normally also be given to persons with a weaker immune resistance due to illness or medication.
If you are about to start medication for a serious disease, such as cancer, or if you are going to have surgery or some other medical procedure, you should discuss the best vaccination time with your doctor.
The Institute for Health and Welfare THL has collected further information on the suitability of the COVID-19 vaccine:
You may discuss the vaccine with your doctor
If you have concerns about the compatibility of the COVID-19 vaccine with your underlying disease, please discuss this with your doctor. You can also ask your own healthcare centre or occupational healthcare service for further information. If necessary, your doctor can consult the THL experts about the suitability of the vaccine and the best time of vaccination.
The vaccine is recommended to everyone who is pregnant, because pregnancy increases the risk of severe COVID-19 disease. Persons in terminal care or otherwise in frail condition are vaccinated only on the basis of individual assessment.
When vaccines are used, the information on their safety keeps on accumulating.