According to statistics from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), a total of almost 4,800 covid deaths have been reported in Finland, which is on a particularly sharp rise this spring.
"The number of people who died in Covid seems to be huge, but it is quiet. Where the situation in Finland was good for two years, it is now very worrying in this regard," Niinistö told IS.
The president said he also hoped the recommendations for the fourth dose of Covid would be extended to younger age groups. He said he knew younger people who would be happy to receive it.
"It’s hard for me to understand why we don’t use our vaccines," the president said.
Almost 90 percent of Finns have received their first and second dose of Covid. According to THL statistics, about 65% of the population received the third dose and 6.5% received the fourth dose.
Minister of Family and Social Affairs Who is Linden (SDP), agreed with the president in a Thursday tweet. He stated that public opinion in Finland has changed too quickly into such a belief "Covid is over".
President Niinistö – 73 years old – recently received his own Covid spell in late April, when he was hospitalized for nearly two days.
THL currently recommends a fourth dose of the vaccine for, among others, severely immunocompromised people over 12 years of age, people over 80 years of age, those living in nursing homes, and people aged 70-79 years at risk for serious illness.
Source: The Nordic Page