Where can I find coronavirus vaccination information in Estonia?

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The Health Board has started a coronavirus vaccination information campaign. Source: The Health Board.

This month the Health Board starting sending out leaflets with information about the coronavirus vaccination process in Estonia. The information can also be found online at vaktsineeri.ee.

The website contains comprehensive information about the process of vaccinating against COVID-19, as well as details about the various vaccines.

Basic facts

Who can get vaccinated in Estonia?

Every resident of Estonia will be able to get vaccinated for free this year, the government has said.

"The goal is to offer free vaccinations near their homes to all who are willing, from May. When the opportunity to get vaccinated opens up, this, along with the vaccination locations, will be announced on the vaktsineeri.ee web page, and through general information channels and media as well."

Who is being vaccinated now (April)?

Risk groups and the over 70s are currently being vaccinated. These groups will be contacted by their family doctors.

When the vaccination of frontline workers continues, they will be contacted by their employers.

Already vaccinated: healthcare workers, care home residents and teachers who want to be vaccinated.

When will non-risk groups and young people get vaccinated?

Vaccination of non-risk groups and younger people is scheduled to start in mid to late May. These groups will be split into two: 50-69 and 16-49.

Registration for the 50-69 group is planned to start in early May and mid to late May for the 16-49 group.

According to the government's plan, vaccinations for younger age groups will open after 70 percent of the age group above has opened. So, after 70 percent of the over 70s have been vaccinated, the vaccination process will be expanded to include those aged 50-69.

The government's plan is to have 70 percent of adults vaccinated by the end of June.

The rate of vaccine coverage by age group can be seen below.

How can I sign up?

A national digital registry is being designed which will be accessible through the Patient Portal.

If you belong to a risk group and have not been vaccinated you should contact your doctor.

Where will vaccination take place?

If you live in a city, most likely in a mass vaccination center. These have been constructed in both Tallinn and Tartu and sports halls have been repurposed for the occasion. Elsewhere in the country, vaccinations are taking place at hospitals or family doctors' centers.

What could go wrong?

This vaccine process is based on the agreed number of vaccines arriving in Estonia at the right time. While Pfizer-BionNTech has kept its promises, and even increased supply to the EU this year, Moderna and AstraZeneca have not.

In May, 451,000 doses of vaccine are expected to arrive and an additional 532,000 doses in June, according to the government's revised vaccine plan.

The same plan estimates 308,000 people in the 18-59 age group can be vaccinated with a first dose in May and 84,000 in June. Many of the doses will also be used for second doses.

What vaccines are being used in Estonia?

Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

As part of the European Union's pre-purchase scheme, Estonia has agreements with five manufacturers: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen and CureVac.

The government has also given approval in principle for Estonia to make agreements for all eight manufacturers.

Estonia has the possibility to buy 4,761,894 doses of vaccine.

The number of doses of each vaccine ordered can be seen below or viewed online here. Currently, only Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen can be used within the EU.

Information about each vaccine can be read on the vaktsineeri website here.

Currently, the AstraZeneca vaccine is only being given to people over 60.

How many doses have been administered so far?

289,508 people have received at least one dose of a vaccine - 21.78 percent of the population, as of April 20. In total, 376,276 doses have been administered.

Where can I find more information about the vaccine process in Estonia? 

https://vaktsineeri.ee/en/covid-19/vaccination-in-estonia/

 

Watch again: Government information session

An online public information session about coronavirus vaccination in Estonia was held on Wednesday (March 16) featuring government members and health experts.

The two-hour discussion can be rewatched here with English translation. 

Data

Coronavirus vaccination data can be viewed on the Health Board's website or on Koroonakaart.  

The Agency of Medicines also publishes data showing how many people have been vaccinated by sex, doses by manufacturer and reported side effects every week.

Note to readers

Feedback is welcome, as are suggestions for information to add to this article. Email: helen.wright@err.ee

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