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Foreigners can get vaccinated against COVID-19 for free in Estonia

Foreigners can get vaccinated for free against COVID-19 in Estonia. The system is similar to vaccinating Estonian residents, and vaccinations are held in the same vaccination points.

Estonian Government approved the proposal presented by the Ministry of Social Affairs, and from now on, all foreigners staying legally in Estonia, can get vaccinated for free against COVID-19. It applies even for short-term visitors. Previously, only residents or foreigners with a long-term resident permit (third countries) or living permit (EU citizens) could get vaccinated for free against COVID-19. Also, Ukraine refugees were included in the free vaccination.

“We are in a situation, where we have more than enough of vaccines against COVID-19, and we donate them to others, so I think enabling a free vaccination against COVID-19 to everybody, is a right thing to do. It's a global effort to fight the pandemic. The disease doesn't care about borders and vaccination is the best way to stop the spread,” said the minister of health and labour, Tanel Kiik.

Vaccination of foreigners is similar to the vaccination of Estonian residents, and the locations are the same. All foreigners need to have their proof of identity with them when going to the vaccination. The Estonian ID-Code is not necessary, when getting vaccinated. People, who don't have the Estonian ID-code, can create their proof of vaccination in the Social Security service points.

Vaccination in Estonia, against COVID-19, is available to everybody over 5 years of age. There are 5 vaccines available: Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Spikevax (Moderna), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Janssen and Comirnaty for 5-11-year-olds (Pfizer-BioNTech).

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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