Finland regions

Finnish THL recommends extending fourth round of vaccination as early as July

THE FINNISH INSTITUTE for Health and Welfare (THL) has issued a new recommendation to expand the fourth round of coronavirus vaccination.

THL revealed on Monday that it recommends that municipalities begin offering fourth doses of the vaccine to certain population groups before the end of this month or, at the latest, at the beginning of next month.

The doses, he added, should be offered first to 70-79 year olds who do not have medical conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to severe forms of the coronavirus disease, then to 18-69 year olds who have such a state of health. and finally to people between the ages of 60 and 69 who do not have such medical conditions.

The recommendation is based on guidelines published by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

“After the recommendation issued by the EMA and the ECDC, we discussed the possibility of bringing the vaccinations forward with the regions. The new recommendation allows the municipalities to start offering the fourth doses in July,” commented Mika Salminenthe director of health security at THL.

The city of Helsinki announced on Tuesday that it has opened its reservation system for fourth vaccination appointments for 70-79 year olds.

The institute previously recommended that a fourth dose be offered to anyone aged 65 or over from mid-August and to anyone aged 60 or over and 12 to 59 who is at increased risk of serious illness from September.

Hanna NohynekTHL’s chief medical officer, told YLE that the recommendation had been updated due to infection spikes caused by the later subvariants of the omicron variant – BA.4 and BA.5 – and the decrease in immunity in certain age and risk groups attributable to the vaccination schedule.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT