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.
Take a coronavirus symptom assessment test online at Omaolo.fi if you have symptoms and feelings suggestive of corona. If necessary, call your local 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 and 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 CLEAR RISK OF EXPOSURE, e.g. at a place where infections or exposures have been reported, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Coronavirus Information in Finnish Sign Language (THL)
Coronavirus – Latest Updates (THL)
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Social and health services
26.2.2021: Rollout of corona vaccinations in Vaasa expanding
12.2.2021: Coronavirus infection discovered at Horizon
12.2.2021: Coronavirus infections detected at Kivikoto Sheltered housing facility
19.2.2021: Corona vaccinations for those in risk groups aged 68-69
3.2.2021: Corona vaccination times given to 80-year-olds and older as vaccines become available
29.1.2021: Corona vaccination for those aged 80 and older begins
25.1.2021: Two corona infections in Integration Services
12.1.2021: First corona vaccinations to be given to staff at City of Vaasa Infectious Diseases Clinic
15.12.2020: The corona situation has deteriorated rapidly in Vaasa infections detected at several locations
3.11.2020: Number of coronavirus infections has decreased but it is still important to wear a face mask in Vaasa
11.10.2020: Locations exposed to coronavirus in Vaasa are updated on the vaasa.fi website
24.8.2020: Face masks will be distributed to low-income residents in Vaasa from 26 August
Early childhood education, schools and institutes
27.2.2021 Coronavirus infection at Alkula daycare centre
25.2.2021 Coronavirus infections at Gerby school and at Borgaregatans school
25.2.2021 Coronavirus infection at Isolahti school
22.2.2021 Case of corona infection discovered at Vamia on 15 February
18.2.2021 Coronavirus infection at Nummi primary school
15.2.2021 Vamia switches to distance learning from 16 February
12.2.2021 8.2.2021 Two coronara infections at Suvilahti school
6.2.2021 Coronavirus infection at Variskan koulu. A total of 19 people have been potentially exposed to the virus
2.2.2021 Secondary school pupils at Onkilahti School switch to distance learning as well as certain fifth and sixth graders
2.2.2021 Corona infection at Sundom Primary School
1.2.2021 Three coronavirus infections at Onkilahti School – 85 quarantined after exposure
31.1.2021 Corona infection at Teeriniemi Daycare Centre – 105 placed in quarantine after exposure
28.1.2021 Corona infections at Variska School and Keskuskoulu primary school – a total of 83 quarantined after exposures
26.1.2021: Another corona infection discovered at Alma Adult Education Institute in Vaasa
26.1.2021: City of Vaasa upper secondary schools and Vamia will switch to distance learning
24.1.2021: Corona infection at Keskuskoulu primary school: 34 people quarantined
22.1.2021: Coronavirus infection at Alma Adult Education Institute in Vaasa
20.1.2021: Corona infection at Isolahti primary school (Isolahden koulu)
20.1.2021: Corona infection at Vaasan Lyseon Lukio (upper-secondary school)
12.1.2021: Face masks distributed to sixth grade pupils in Vaasa schools
21.12.2020: Two confirmed cases of coronavirus found at Borgaregatans skola
14.12.2020: Corona infections at Variska School and Vamia – all secondary schools and Vamia’s Sampo campus will switch to distance learning on 14 December
22.10.2020: Secondary school pupils return to classroom teaching as planned on 26 October
19.10.2020: The Basic Education will return to the in class-teaching: 4th to 6th graders on 20.10, high school students on 26.10
19.10.2020: Coronavirus infection found at Sundom School
14.10.2020: Corona infection found at Suvilahti primary school
12.10.2020: Coronavirus infection in Gerby Daycare Centre
10.10.2020: Coronavirus infection found at Vikinga primary school – 20 quarantined
8.10.2020: Years 4-9 in basic education switch to distance learning in Vaasa
8.10.2020: Corona infection found in Keskuskoulu primary school- 51 quarantined
7.10.2020: Corona infection detected at Hietalahti school – 32 quarantined
20.8.2020: A child can return to school or early childhood education after 1-2 asymptomatic days
7.8.2020: Schools start on 14.8 with normal in class-teaching
Sport services and hobby activities
9.12.2020 Sports halls and gyms can accommodate a maximum of 10 people at a time in one space
28.10.2020 Group exercise classes postponed until next year
22.10.2020: Coronavirus infection at the Kuula Institute (14.10.) and Vasa Arbis (29.9.-1.10.)
12.10.2020: City sports facilities closed until 31 October, Swimming Hall remains open
29.5.2020: Swimming Hall opens on 1 June: no restrictions on the number of visitors
18.5.2020: Outdoor sports facilities are open, indoor sports facilities and indoor swimming hall will open 1 June
Libraries, culture and events
25.1.2021: No study places will be available in the main library for the time being
2.6.2020: How to use the libraries safely during the summer
18.5.2020: The libraries in Vaasa will open in stages and switch to summer opening hours
15.5.2020: Vaasa’s Night of the Arts on 6 August will focus on virtual content this year
13.5.2020: City of Vaasa museums will open for the summer from 2 June
5.5.2020: Lending operations at Vaasa’s libraries can start again soon
6.4.2020: The museums’ summer exhibitions will be postponed until next year
31.3.2020: Schools, libraries, sports facilities and museums closed until 13 May
30.3.2020: Cultural tips for extraordinary times
23.3.2020: Vaasa Choir Festival will not be held this spring
13.3.2020: Spring public events organized by the City of Vaasa cancelled due to coronavirus
Information and advisory services
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, 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.
Quarantine is a necessary precaution in preventing further infections. Here are some general guidelines if you have been exposed to the coronavirus.