Covid19: vaccine to be free in Finland

Finland to offer Covid19 vaccine free to everyone.

Finland will offer vaccine by priority, starting with health care professionals. 

Helsinki: The COVID 19 vaccination in Finland will be free and start early 2020. Health Ministry said.

“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,” said the ministry.

A final decision on vaccine availability can only be made after it is approved. It will be offered by priority: medical personnel, patients of hospitals and nursing homes, people of older age groups.

Finland participates in EU procurement that guarantees in receiving the vaccine from several manufactures.  The EU Commission is negotiating a supply agreement for six different vaccines and Finland takes part in five of them.

According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the first batches of vaccine may reach the country by New Year.  The government expect to commence the vaccinations of social and health care professionals in January if at least one of the vaccines is granted market authorization by the EU in December, reported in Helsinki Times.

 

Source: ANI, Helsinki Times
Edited by : R Kamala Menon