COVID 19 vaccination to be free in Finland

Medical workers wearing protective suits measures the body temperature of a man and another draws blood for the preliminary blood test of tested for COVID-19 at the Chulalongkorn University Health Service Center in Bangkok, Thailand, April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Finland Health Ministry said that the COVID – 19 vaccination in the country will be administered free of cost and will start in early 2021, as reported by news agency ANI.

The ministry stated, “Finland’s goal is to protect the entire population with a licensed vaccine. Vaccines are offered free of charge to everyone who wishes. The ministry estimates that the first vaccines will be available in the country early next year. Vaccinations should be started as soon as possible.”

Despite this the final decision on vaccination can only be made once the vaccine is approved and becomes available. The ministry further clarified the hierarchy according to which the vaccines will be offered. The ministry said vaccinations will be offered by priority: medical personnel, patients of hospitals and nursing homes, people of older age groups.

Finland participates in EU procurement, which guarantees the possibility of receiving the coronavirus vaccine from several different manufacturers. The ministry said that the EU Commission is currently negotiating a supply agreement of six different vaccines. Finland takes part in five of them and the sixth agreement and the sixth agreement is being prepared for adoption, the ministry asserted.

 

Edited by: Sakshi Kaithwas

With inputs from ANI