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COVID-19 booster shots can now be taken earlier in Tampere

Published 26.7.2021 11.59

Tampere residents can now change their COVID-19 vaccination interval from the previous interval of 12 weeks to a shorter interval of 8 weeks if necessary. The booster shot for the BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine can be taken 8–12 weeks after the first shot.

Covid-19 vaccinations.

People who wish to take the booster shot earlier can only do it without an advance reservation at the walk-in vaccination service at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre starting from 23 July. The walk-in service at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 23 July, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday 26–30 July. It is not possible to reserve a vaccination appointment for an early booster shot.

The decision was made in Tampere to administer booster shots early in order to utilise the available vaccination capacity as effectively as possible. In Orivesi, taking the booster shot early is not possible at present.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends an interval of 8–12 weeks between COVID-19 vaccinations in Finland. Ideally, the booster shot should be taken after an interval of 12 weeks, as the longer vaccination interval has been shown to improve the vaccination’s efficacy and the duration of the protection it provides. Consequently, the primary recommendation is for people to take their booster shot at the appointment time given in connection with their first vaccination.

For booster shots administered in August–September, please check the vaccination location in advance from the city’s website.

First vaccinations are available without reserving an appointment

The COVID-19 vaccination is available to all Tampere residents over the age of 16 and members of risk groups over the age of 12. It is possible to get the first vaccine without an appointment at Ratina and at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre.

Vaccinations have progressed well in Tampere and the coverage of first vaccinations in all age groups is better than in Finland on average.

It is hoped that young people, in particular, would be active in getting COVID-19 vaccinations to bring the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the Tampere Region under control. The epidemiological situation in the Tampere Region has deteriorated and the region went from the basic phase to the acceleration phase of the epidemic on 20 July. Many of the infections are currently seen in young age groups: last week, 41 per cent of COVID-19 infections were in the 20–29 age group. Some 65 per cent of Tampere residents in the 20–29 age group have received their first vaccinations. Vaccinating young people is especially important now with the start of the school year approaching. Bringing the COVID-19 situation under control is necessary for the resumption of normal daily life.

Opening hours


  • By appointment: Mon–Fri 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Without an appointment: Mon–Fri 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre (Messukeskus) (Ilmailunkatu 20)

  • By appointment: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Without an appointment: Mon–Fri 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.