The vaccination process is progressing rapidly in Finland.
At the time of writing this article, the Nordic country has already administered at least one dose to nearly 40% of the population, according to data from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
Working-age groups are being vaccinated and in most areas the first dose is already being administered to the population between 40 and 50 years of age.
In Finland, vaccinations are carried out by municipalities in their respective areas in cooperation with their hospital districts and private sector actors.
In the Helsinki region, which includes de capital city and also the cities of Vantaa and Espoo, where most people of foreign origin live, people aged 40 to 44 (born between 1977 and 1981) are now in line for vaccination, according to the website of the city of Helsinki. Anyone this age or older can make an appointment to get vaccinated.
In the capital city, vaccinations are being carried out at the vaccination points of Jätkäsaari, Messukeskus, Malmi and Myllypuro.
Getting vaccinated is free of charge for residents of Finland.
How to book an appointment
To make an appointment to get vaccinated in Uusimaa, the best option is to do it online, through the centralized internet service bookcovidvaccine.fi.
On this website, residents of the Uusimaa region (Helsinki metropolitan area) can select the municipality they live in, the age group they belong to, and schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. Users can choose whether they want to book appointments for themselves or for someone else.
The website redirects the user to the Helsinki-Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) system, where they must enter through a secure authentication system, for example their online banking credentials.
The website has an English version and also offers general information about vaccines.
Helsinki residents can also call the appointment reservation number 09 310 46300.
Residents from outside the Uusimaa region who wish to be vaccinated should consult the website of their municipalities of residence or hospital districts and make the reservation.