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COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 year-olds arrived in Estonia

Today, 36 000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 arrived at the storage of the Estonian Health Board. Vaccines will be delivered to the hospitals and family physician offices from the 15th of December.

Children between the age of 5-11 will be vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine, and the dose of the vaccine compared to adults is 3 times smaller (10 µg instead of 30 µg) and in two doses. Children's vaccination course includes two doses of vaccine, and based on the recommendation of the Estonian immunoprophylaxis committee, the second dose is injected six weeks after the first dose.

The time slots will become available after the first doses have been delivered to Estonia and then delivered to hospitals and family physician centres. All doses will be delivered between the 15th and 21st of December by the logistics company, partnered with the Estonian Health Board.

To book a time for the vaccination, a parent must contact the child's family physician. If the family physician has joined the digital registry, or a parent would like to get a child vaccinated in a hospital's vaccination cabinet, the time can be booked via the digital registry. 

The state immunoprophylaxis committee advised on the 30th of November, that children between the age of 5-11 should be vaccinated to protect them falling seriously ill, prevent complications, and to stop the spread of COVID-19 among children and family members.

Children, who've recovered from COVID-19, should get vaccinated with one dose after 6 months has passed from their recovery.

The Source: Ministry of Social Affairs

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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