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Vaccination system

  • Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is free of charge to all Estonian residents, even if they don’t have a national health insurance.
  • Getting vaccinated is voluntary. 
  • Vaccination is available to all residents above 5- years of age. 
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 is organized based on implementation strategy and principles. More information available in Estonian HERE.

Who organize vaccination?

Estonian Health Insurance Board

The Estonian Health Insurance Board ensures that in all the counties, hospitals and family physician centres, there are enough vaccinators and places to get vaccinated. Also, it’s their responsibility to ensure that vaccinators have enough vaccines. Furthermore, the Estonian Health Insurance Board is responsible for providing information about vaccinations. The Estonian Health Insurance Board has four local vaccination coordinators, who collaborate with schools, local governments and businesses.

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Western Area (Lääne, Pärnu, Rapla, Saare, and Hiiu county): Aivar Koppas info@pereode.ee; GSM +372 5333 8189

North Area (Harju and Järva county): Kerli Vilk Kerli.Vilk@hol.ee; GSM +372 5330 1747

Eastern Area (Lääne-Viru, Ida-Viru, Jõgeva county): Sigrid Mihhailova sigrid@silmaroom.ee; GSM +372 504 5340

South Area (Tartu, Viljandi, Põlva, Valga and Võru county): Merilyn Viin merilyn.viin@vorumaa.ee; GSM +372 5309 1046

State Agency of Medicines

The State Agency of Medicines keeps an eye on the development of the vaccines and medicines against COVID-19, and participates in the process of assessing the applications for sales licences. Also, side effect reports are collected and analysed, forwarded to the European Medical Agency’s database, new risks are assessed and the stats about side effects is published. 

Ministry of Social Affairs

The Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for strategic management of the vaccination: setting the objectives and principles, monitoring the progress of the vaccination, and assessing the budgetary needs and applying for funding.

Additionally, the Ministry of Social Affairs has formed the Immunoprophylaxis Committee, that advises the Ministry in all aspects of vaccination. For example, indications of use of vaccines, also target groups and vaccination intervals are decided based on the recommendations of the state immunoprophylaxis committee.

Estonian Health Board

The Estonian Health Board is responsible for the vaccine supply, storing and logistics. 

Health and Wellness Information Systems Centre

Health and Wellness Information Systems Centre develops systems needed to organize the vaccination in the patient’s portal and digital registry, also supports with the communication of how to use COVID-19 (immunization) certificates. 

Medical Health Care providers

Medical Health Care providers, for example family medicine centres, hospitals and private clinics, consult people about the vaccination and vaccinate them.

 National Institute for Health Development

The National Institute for Health Development (TAI) collects and analyses health and healthcare stats (including the causes of death). Also, it conducts surveys among residents to assess the influence this coronavirus pandemic has caused on the health behaviour and mentality of Estonian residents. The experts of TAI monitor the information about the COVID-19 (spread, the effectiveness of the restrictions, vaccination, etc) published in science magazines. They also participate in working groups to blueprint the measures to increase the vaccination against COVID-19. 

Media Contacts

The Ministry of Social Affairs – press@sm.ee

Health Board – kommunikatsioon@terviseamet.ee

Estonian Health Insurance Board – press@tervisekassa.ee

State Agency of Medicines – info@ravimiamet.ee

Everything you should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination is free of charge for all people living in Estonia, even without the national health insurance.
  • Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Vaccination is open to all people who are at least 5 years old.
  • Compared to COVID-19 illness, vaccination is safe, and generally, the side effects pass quickly.
  • Booster doses are available only for adults, and the time for a booster jab is 2 months after finishing the vaccination course with the Janssen vaccine, and 3 months after finishing the vaccination course with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses for people, who are recovered from COVID-19 are recommended 6 months after their recovery or their last vaccination.
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