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About coronavirus

The Vaasa Hospital District and the City of Vaasa Social Services and Healthcare sector are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following national and regional guidelines.

Updated 17.9.2021

Corona vaccinations in Vaasa

Receiving vaccination times depends on when, how much and which kind of vaccines first arrive in Finland and to Vaasa via the hospital district. We are updating this page with information about corona vaccinations in Vaasa.

If you have symptoms and feelings suggestive of corona, do this

Fill in the coronavirus check-up if you suspect you have been infected: www.omaolo.fi. When you identify and send your information and symptoms to Omaolo, the information will go to Vaasa Central Hospital and they will automatically call you for a corona test if necessary. Then you don’t need a referral from a health station.

If you have even mild symptoms of a respiratory infection such as runny nose, cough, sore throat, muscle aches or fever, and/or lose your sense of smell and/or taste, stay at home. You can also call your local health station for an assessment of the need for treatment and possible corona testing.

Call your health station if you suspect a coronavirus infection

If you suspect a coronavirus infection and have been in a risk of exposure and you have symptoms, fill in the coronavirus check-up if you suspect you have been infected: www.omaolo.fi or call your health station for possible testing, even if the flu symptoms are only mild, and avoid social contact. You can get further instructions by phone from the health centre. Don´t come to the health centre to infect others.

Gerby Health Centre, tel. 06 325 1711
Kirkkopuistikko Health Centre, tel. 06 325 1666
Ristinummi Health Centre, tel. 06 325 1691
Tammikaivo Health Centre,  tel. 06 325 1703 or 06 325 1770
Vähäkyrö Health Centre, tel. 06 325 8500

Other times you can call the national emergency number 116 117.

Monitor coronavirus updates

Residents are also advised to follow the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) bulletins and follow THL guidelines. Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website.

Vaasa Hospital District informs about cases of coronavirus detected and number of samples here.
Twitter: @THLorg
Coronavirus Information in Finnish Sign Language (THL)
Coronavirus – Latest Updates (THL)
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Latest updates

Social and health services

17.9.2021: Drop-in corona vaccinations 22 September
16.9.2021: Vaasa’s drive-in testing station will move to the Vaasa Barracks Area (Kasarmialue)
14.9.2021: Drop-in corona vaccinations 17 September
9.9.2021: Ristinummi Health Station to partially close between 13-17 September
8.9.2021: Drop in -corona vaccinations 10 and 14 September
7.9.2021: New case of coronavirus infection discovered at the Himalaya service home
7.9.2021: Low-threshold coronavirus testing 8 and 15 September
3.9.2021: Coronavirus infection detected at Himalayas service home
1.9.2021: Corona vaccinators doing outstanding work
30.8.2021: Drop-in corona vaccinations 4 September 9-15
30.8.2021: Low-threshold coronavirus testing in Vaasa on several days
24.8.2021: Drop-in corona vaccinations 25-26 August
24.8.2021: Fill in the coronavirus check-up if you suspect you have been infected at Omaolo
23.8.2021: Low-threshold coronavirus testing in Vaasa on several days
16.8.2021: Coronavirus infection detected at Ruukinkartano
16.8.2021: Drop-in corona vaccinations 19 August 16-18
9.8.2021: Free corona vaccinations are being extended to Vaasa residents aged 12–15 and drop in 12th of August over the age of 16
4.8.2021: Low-threshold coronavirus testing in Vaasa on several days
30.7.2021: Get your corona vaccine without a reservation on Thursday 5th of August from 8am to 4pm
27.7.2021: Coronavirus infection detected on 23 July at Ruukinkartano – a total of 19 people exposed
26.7.2021: Get your corona vaccine without a reservation on Wednesday 28th or Thursday 29th
20.7.2021: Corona vaccination times available on 22nd and 23rd of July
16.7.2021: Get your Covid-19 vaccine without a reservation on Thursday 22nd of July
23.6.2021: Corona vaccinations are being extended to 12–15-year-old Vaasa residents in risk groups
11.6.2021: Corona vaccinations for vaasa residents over 16 years old
28.5.2021: Corona vaccinations for vaasa residents over 25 years old
27.5.2021: Corona vaccinations for Vaasa residents over 30
10.5.2021: Vaccinations for Vaasa residents over 40

Early childhood education, schools and institutes

20.9.2021: Coronavirus infections at Hietalahti and Vanha Vaasa schools
16.9.2021: Coronavirus infection at Hietalahti School 16th September
15.9.2021: Coronavirus infection at Hietalahti School
13.9.2021: Coronavirus infections at Isolahti, Merenkurkku and Old Vaasa schools as well as at Onkilahti school
10.9.2021: Two cases of coronavirus infection found at Raastuvankatu daycare centre
8.9.2021: Coronavirus infections at daycare centres, schools and educational institutes on 8 September
8.9.2021: Vanha Vaasa primary school moves to distance learning
7.9.2021: Coronavirus infections in schools and at a daycare facility: Variska school moves to distance learning
27.8.2021: Vaasan Lyseon Lukio upper secondary school candidates moving to distance learning

Information on educational activity is given through Wilma

The education sector will monitor the situation and the advice given by the health authorities. In schools and early childhood education centres, preventive activities, such as careful hand washing and hygiene have been encouraged.

The guardians of schoolchildren and early childhood children will be informed on developments through Wilma and vaasa.fi.

Sport services and hobby activities

Libraries, culture, events and other

Prevent infection

The virus can be transmitted in close contact from person to person through droplet transmission during coughing and sneezing, and by contact from surfaces via hands. In general, avoid close contact with other people, as most sufferers are either completely asymptomatic or mild.

Always keep a clean mask with you. Use the mask in public areas and maintain safe social distances of 2 metres. This is a strong recommendation for everyone aged 12 and older.

Maintain good hand hygiene. Don´t touch the eyes, nose or mouth. Use an alcoholic hand sanitiser.

Keep an amount of flu medication at home. Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue and immediately place it in a bin. If you don´t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

When arriving from abroad, arrange an absence (14 days recommended) with your work, school or daycare centre. See THL:s: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic

Older people and those with underlying conditions are particularly susceptible to coronavirus. Seasonal influenza is also circulating in Finland at present, with symptoms very similar to those of coronavirus infection.

For general advice on coronavirus, consult the national coronavirus hotline on 0295 535 535.

Treatment of coronavirus infections

The testing of patients showing mild symptoms and those returning from travel should only be taken at the discretion of the doctor. Asymptomatic cases are not tested.

Infections are diagnosed at Vaasa Central Hospital, which decides on the patient’s place of treatment. The infected person is placed in home isolation unless they need hospital treatment. People in close contact with the infected person are also placed in home quarantine for 14 days. In cases of family exposures, the quarantine period is 21 days. This prevents the virus from spreading. Home quarantine is decided by the doctors of the Vaasa Hospital District.

The guardian of a child under the age of 16 who is assigned to home quarantine stays at home to care for the child. A sickness allowance is given for periods of quarantine due to infectious disease. More information can be found on Kela’s website.

During the home quarantine and isolation you must stay at home. You cannot go shopping or go out for hobbies etc.

General instructions for those exposed to the coronavirus.

Face masks will be distributed to low-income residents in Vaasa

Disposable face masks are distributed free of charge in packs of ten for low-income residents over the age of 15.

Distribution points for face masks:

Adult Social Work Services (Aikuisten sosiaalityö): Korsholmanpuistikko 44, 1 floor.
Mon, Wed, Fri. Time: 14-16

Citizen Services (Kansalaisinfo): Main library, Kirjastokatu 13
Mon.-Fri. Time: 10-12

Food aid distribution points in Vaasa only for those who collect food aid
Former Steiner school, Kauppapuistikko 22: Monday Time: 14:00
Elim church, Palosaarentie 92: Time: 14:00
Ristikka, Jyrsijänkatu 2: Wednesday Time: 14:00

Read press release here

  • Corona vaccinations are given in Vaasa according to the guidelines of THL and Vaasa Hospital District. Receiving vaccination times depends on when, how much and which kind of vaccines first arrive in Finland and to Vaasa via the hospital district. We are updating this page with information about corona vaccinations in Vaasa.

  • On this page you will find up-to-date information on coronavirus exposure sites. The City of Vaasa only reports on public exposure sites where those exposed cannot be traced personally, i.e. we do not know who has been in that place at the same time. Exposure sites, where all those exposed are known and have been contacted, are taken care of by each organisation separately.

  • Coronavirus instructions in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Estonian, French, Kinyarwanda, Persian, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Tigrinja and Vietnam.

  • Local restrictions, recommendations and measures concerning the coronavirus will affect the availability of the City of Vaasa’s services. The restrictions, recommendations and measures, and their effects on the City of Vaasa’s services, are specified below.

  • General instructions for those exposed to the coronavirus

    Quarantine is a necessary precaution in preventing further infections. Here are some general guidelines if you have been exposed to the coronavirus. Here is also information in Arabic, Somali, Persian and Russian.

  • Instructions for a patient who has been infected with the coronavirus

    You have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection. The doctor has placed you in isolation under the Communicable Diseases Act. The purpose of the isolation is to stop the disease from spreading further. One of the parents must stay home to supervise a child under the age of 16 years placed in isolation. Here is also information in Arabic, Somali, Persian and Russian.