Vaccination rates are expected to remain brisk both inside and outside the capital, mainly due to steady and large vaccine deliveries from Pfizer and Biontech. Finland currently delivers a total of 300,000 doses of vaccine per week, but the rate is set to rise to more than 300,000 in May and almost 500,000 in June.
“Pfizer vaccines are arriving fast, which is giving us momentum,” he noted Hanna Nohynek, Chief Medical Officer, Institute of Health and Welfare (THL).
“Every time you talk about a biological product, something unexpected can happen,” he recalled. “But at the moment it looks good. We’re sure we can be trusted [the forecasts for shipments]. “
Finland has set a goal of giving at least the first vaccination injection to every adult resident by the end of July. According to Nohynek, the goal seems quite realistic at the moment.
Leena TurpeinenThe director of the City of Helsinki’s Health and Substance Abuse Services told Helsingin Sanomat that the capital will start vaccinating 40-49-year-olds after mid-May and 30-39-year-old midsummer.
Booster vaccinations will not slow down the campaign, he assured, because the forecasts take into account the doses needed for booster vaccinations.
“The variables so far and so far have been the availability of vaccines, possible new restrictions on the use of vaccines and possible changes in the vaccination schedule,” he told Helsingin Sanomat by e-mail.
Vantaa has roughly the same schedule for vaccinating 40-49 year olds and 30-39 year olds, according to the deputy mayor Timo Aronkytö.
“If the vaccines come in as large deliveries as promised, we can vaccinate the five-year age group in two weeks,” he revealed. “We need a few more weeks with the 50-year-olds. If lucky, we’ll start with the 40-year-olds a month.”
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page