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Finland to review second Covid jab plans for younger age groups

At the moment, fourth jabs are being offered to some people over the age of 80.

Covid vaccination kits, file photo taken on 25 March 2022. Image: Hanna Juopperi / Yle

The National Advisory Committee on Vaccines (Krar) is scheduled to discuss possible rollouts of second Covid booster vaccinations to people under the age of 80 on Friday.

Last week, two experienced physicians in Finland — Eeva Ruotsalainen and Markku Broas — called for health authorities to roll out fourth Covid vaccines for younger age groups.

At the moment, fourth jabs are being offered to people over the age of 80 who live in nursing homes or severely immunocompromised.

Ruotsalainen, Deputy Chief Physician at the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS), suggested offering the vaccine to people over the age of 70. Meanwhile, Broas, chief infectious diseases physician for the Lapland Hospital District, suggested people as young as 65 should be next in line to be offered fourth jabs.

The country's Covid vaccine plan was most recently reviewed by national health institute THL at the end of last month, according to Ville Peltola, Krar's chair.

Peltola said that the committee will review the situation at its next meeting on Friday.

THL has previously said that recommendations about vaccinations beyond the booster, or third, jabs could be expected in the autumn. However, which groups will receive further vaccinations in the future remains unclear.