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Finland expects major Midsummer Covid vaccine delivery

Most incoming vaccines in July will serve as second doses.

Asiakasta rokotetaan Helsingissä 7. kesäkuuta 2021.
Image: Mikko Stig / Lehtikuva

Public health institute THL has said its goal is to administer more than half a million initial Covid vaccine doses in Finland during the month of June.

Finland is expecting a delivery spike during Midsummer week, 21-27 June, when 400,000 shots are expected to arrive. This shipment represents a 25-percent jump over the regular weekly delivery rate of around 320,000 doses.

"At least half a million of these [June] vaccines will be available for first doses," Mia Kontio, a vaccine specialist at the THL, told news agency STT.

The pace of vaccine shipments will slow in July, which is why most incoming vaccines next month will serve as second doses.

The month of May saw a jump in the number of people getting their first dose, which means many people's second vaccine appointments are approaching in July.

At the moment some 92 percent of people over the age of 80 have had one dose, and three-quarters of this age group is fully vaccinated. Around 36 percent of 75-79 year-olds have so far been fully dosed.

Finland is now in the process of administering second vaccine doses to the elderly, according to Kontio.

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