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Helsinki opens up Covid vaccines to 40-44 age set

A chief physician said that how the epidemic plays out is largely dependent on how eager younger adults are about getting vaccinated.

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According to the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), more than 2.1 million people across Finland had received their first of two coronavirus vaccine doses as of Monday. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

The City of Helsinki has announced it will begin offering coronavirus vaccines to people between the ages of 40-44 (born during the years 1977-1981) starting on Tuesday, 18 May.

To book a vaccination appointment in Helsinki, residents can head to the city's reservation website bookcovidvaccine.fi or call 09 310 46300.

Chief physician at Helsinki Hospital, Laura Pikkarainen, said benefits of the city's vaccine rollout could already be seen.

"For example, in nursing homes where clients have received both vaccinations by March, there have not been any Covid cases among residents since the beginning of April. Restrictions on home care visits have also been relaxed," she said in a statement.

"Although the vaccination coverage among the elderly is excellent, younger age groups will decide how comprehensive the vaccination coverage will be and how the epidemic will continue," she said.

According to the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), more than 2.1 million people across Finland had received their first of two coronavirus vaccine doses as of Monday, which is 37.9 percent of the population.

Nearly 281,000 people, or about 5.1 percent of the population, had received both vaccine jabs as of Monday, according to the institute.

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