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Finland expands recommendation for fourth Covid vaccine dose

THL said the recommendation will now also include elderly people living in assisted or family care.

Finnish health authority THL expanded its vaccine on Wednesday. Image: Mikko Savolainen / Yle

Finland's public health authority THL has revealed plans to expand the current recommendation on taking the fourth dose of a Covid vaccine.

Speaking at the weekly coronavirus press briefing on Thursday morning, a THL spokesperson said the recommendation will now also include elderly people living in assisted or family care as well as those with impaired health and functioning.

The agency added that the fourth dosage will help to limit hospitalisations within vulnerable demographics.

Previously, the vaccine was recommended for those in nursing homes, immunocompromised individuals over the age of 12, and people over the age of 80.

About 51 percent of those over the age of 80 have so far received a fourth dose of the Covid vaccine.

On the whole though, the prevalence of coronavirus appears to be declining across Finland.

The past five weekly measurements of Covid RNA in wastewater have diminished with each recording. Covid RNA is on average present in wastewater three weeks after infection, which THL has pointed to as a benchmark that the virus is on the retreat.

THL is planning for a wider fourth round of Covid vaccines in the autumn, but if Covid infections increase, it may preemptively roll out the fourth dosage.

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