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The Health Insurance Fund’s summer campaign calls on people to get vaccinated

In the summer when people take breaks, the coronavirus does not and continues to endanger Estonian people, especially people at risk and unvaccinated people. Therefore, the new campaign “Coronavirus does not take summer vacations!” of the Health Insurance Fund calls on everyone who have not had their first booster dose or have not started their vaccination course yet to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.

“With the campaign launched today, we want to draw attention to the fact that COVID-19 has not disappeared anywhere. In the summer, it may seem that the pandemic is over, the virus has been defeated, and there is no reason to worry anymore. Unfortunately, that is not the case because there are a lot of people who are still at risk from the virus. It is important that risk groups and those that have not yet had their vaccination do so in order to protect themselves from getting seriously ill and being hospitalised,” said Külli Friedemann, Head of the Primary Care Department of the Health Insurance Fund.  

According to the Health Board, the spread of the coronavirus is currently moderate and the risk to fall ill is still high, particularly among the elderly and those who have not been vaccinated or who suffer from some chronic disease. According to Hanna Sepp, Head of Infectious Diseases of the Health Board, vaccination is still the safest way to protect yourself from serious illness. “But in addition to vaccination, other recommendations still apply – prefer the outdoor environment to indoor spaces, keep distance where possible, and maintain good hand hygiene,” Sepp explained. 

Today, there is clear knowledge that vaccination reduces the risk of getting seriously ill many times over and it is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones as well as those to whom the disease can have a devastating effect. “Our health behaviour and preparedness today will directly shape the nature of the coronavirus pandemic in the autumn months and in the future,” Friedemann added. 

According to Toivo Maimets, Head of the Scientific Advisory Board, the newer strains of the virus, particularly Omicron BA.5 that is the most prevalent strain today, are very highly infectious. “Vaccination helps to cope with the disease much easier in case of infection. Our researchers’ data show that this year alone, coronavirus vaccines have prevented hundreds of deaths in Estonia.” From 1 June, communication and information campaigns related to vaccination are organised by the Health Insurance Fund. To find available vaccination points or in case of questions related to vaccination, you can find information on the website www.vaktsineeri.ee or by calling the national helpline 1247.

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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