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Vaccination system

  • Vaccination is available to all residents above 5- years of age. 
  • 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 against COVID-19 is organized based on implementation strategy and principles. More information available in Estonian HERE.

Who organizes vaccination?

The Ministry of Social Affairs coordinates the system of the vaccination, also informative activities, and organizes Estonian participation in joint procurements of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU. 

The Estonian Health Insurance Fund 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. Besides, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund has a huge role in information work: the locations of vaccination stations in website is updated by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, they send text messages to different target groups to remind them to get vaccinated. With the help of a contracted partner, elderly people have been contacted via phone to encourage them to get vaccinated. The Estonian Health Insurance Fund 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): Karmen Vesselov; GSM +372 527 4097

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

Eastern Area (Lääne-Viru, Ida-Viru, Jõgeva county): Sigrid Mihhailova; GSM +372 5045340

South Area (Tartu, Viljandi, Põlva, Valga and Võru county): Merilyn Viin; GSM +372 5309 1046

The Estonian Medical Agency 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 analyzed, forwarded to the European Medical Agency’s database, new risks are assessed and the stats about side effects is published. 

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

The Centre of the Health and Wellness Information Systems 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, or family medicine centres, hospitals and private clinics consult people about the vaccination and vaccinate them. Currently, more than 1,6 COVID-19 vaccinations have been done in Estonia. 

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

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Health Board –

Estonian Health Insurance Fund –

Estonian Medical Agency –

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.
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