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Finland plans Covid booster jabs over winter

Finland says it's prepared to offer Covid booster shots for the fully inoculated early next year.

Taneli Puumalainen says a booster campaign would target the most vulnerable groups. Image: Matti Myller / Yle
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Health officials in Finland have started preparing for a Covid vaccine booster campaign this winter, though the government has yet to make a final decision on whether such doses are needed.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health said there was no rush to administer third doses at the moment, as the vaccine appears to retain its effectiveness well.

"There are no signs now that the efficacy would have dwindled. If monitoring indicates that booster doses are necessary, then that's how we'll proceed," Taneli Puumalainen of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health said.

Puumalainen noted that the coronavirus situation this autumn would show whether a third dose is needed after full vaccination.

Should Finland decide to roll out a new mass inoculation campaign against coronavirus, the boosters would initially target vulnerable individuals.

"If there's reason to administer third shots, then we'll start with residents at elder care facilities, the elderly and individuals with chronic conditions," he explained.

While Finland faced slow deliveries of initial vaccine doses, Puumalainen said he did not believe logistical issues would impede booster shipments.

Finland is a part of the EU's joint vaccine purchasing effort.

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