The Finnish National Vaccine Expert Group recommends that the coronavirus vaccine be given first to healthcare workers caring for Covid-19 patients, to people working in nursing homes and to people with serious underlying conditions that put them at particular risk if they have the disease. .
The expert group gave its proposal for the introduction of a vaccine program on Wednesday afternoon, according to a THL statement.
The vaccine will be delivered to Finland in several different batches, as a result of which the health authorities must also determine which of the priority groups it should first receive a shot at.
This decision will be made when public health authorities have more information on the efficacy and safety of the vaccine for different groups.
Nationwide introduction later
According to the expert group, a prisoner could be offered nationwide once officials have received adequate doses. It added that the timetable for national distribution would be determined at a later stage.
"The order of vaccinations will be assessed more closely as we have more information on the efficacy and safety of the vaccine in different age groups," THL vaccineer and senior physician Hanna Nohynek said.
The expert team conducts a medical risk assessment of the vaccine using data from coronavirus cases confirmed in Finland as well as international research data on disease risk groups.
Data on disease risk are combined with data on how the vaccine could reduce the number of serious infections in each group, as well as data on loss of life years and premature deaths.
The expert group will continue to work to evaluate the vaccination series and target groups in the coming weeks. The THL then draws up a proposal for a vaccine program for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health to consider.
The Cabinet will then make a decision on the introduction of a coronavirus vaccine program.
Source: The Nordic Page