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COVID-19 related restrictions, vaccinations and recommendations in Tampere

Published 28.12.2021 9.33

The COVID-19 situation is difficult in Pirkanmaa, and this includes Tampere. Always remember to wear a face mask, keep safety distances and maintain good hand hygiene. Here is a compilation of information on common COVID-19 related issues.

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When do I get my vaccine?
It depends on which vaccine you are applying for and how old you are or if you belong to a risk group.

• If you are applying for the first or second vaccine and are over 12 years of age, you may receive the vaccine at any time. The interval between the first and second vaccination is at least six weeks.
• Third vaccinations are given in Tampere to people over the age of 60 and those over the age of 18 who belong to risk groups 1 and 2. The dose interval for the second and third COVID-19 vaccines in these groups is 3–4 months.
• The third vaccine is given to 18–59-year-olds five months after the second vaccine. The dosing interval will be shortened as soon as vaccination coverage in the risk groups reaches a sufficient level.
• Vaccination of 5–11-year-olds belonging to a risk group is under way in the Hatanpää COVID-19 vaccination unit.
• In addition to children belonging to risk groups, you can book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination for those 5–11-year-olds who have severely immunocompromised people close to them. COVID-19 vaccination is carried out in the Hatanpää vaccination unit.
• In addition, Tampere and Orivesi are preparing for COVID-19 vaccination for the entire age group of 5–11-year-olds. Vaccination will commence during January. Further information will be provided no later than 12.1.2022.

Where can I get a vaccine?
Vaccinations are given by appointment at the Hatanpää COVID-19 vaccination unit and at health centres. You can make an appointment:

• online at or
• by telephone 03 5657 0023 (every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
• 5–11-year-olds belonging to a risk group are vaccinated in Hatanpää by appointment.

Without an appointment, vaccination evenings are organised at the health centres in Hatanpää, Hervanta, Kaukajärvi, Lielahti, Linnainmaa, Tammelakeskus and Tipotie as follows:

• people over 69: Tuesday, 28 December 2021, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• people over 67: Wednesday, 29 December 2021, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• people over 65: Thursday, 30 December 2021, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• people over 63: Monday, 3 January 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• people over 61: Tuesday, 4 January 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• people over 60: Wednesday, 5 January 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, vaccinations can be given without an appointment at the Hervanta recreational centre's ball games centre (Lindforsinkatu 5): Tuesday, 28 December, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

More information on vaccinations can be found via the link below.

What new event restrictions came to Tampere during Christmas? Who decides?
All indoor and outdoor public events and general meetings are prohibited from 25.12.2021 to 7.1.2022.

Public and recreational spaces as well as meeting places of shopping centres, for example, have also been ordered to be closed from 25 December to 7 January 2022.

A COVID-19 passport does not exempt you from these regulations. The use of COVID-19 passports is, therefore, on hold.

However, children's supervised hobbies can continue.

Closed over Epiphany are:
1) indoor areas used for team sports, group sports, contact sports and other similar sports or exercise as well as gyms and other similar indoor sports facilities
2) public saunas and pool areas in swimming pools, indoor swimming pools and spas as well as the dressing room facilities directly connected to them
3) dance venues and facilities used for choral singing, amateur theatre or other similar group hobbies
4) amusement and theme parks, carnivals and zoo interiors
5) indoor playgrounds and indoor play places
6) public meeting places in shopping centres, excluding retail trade premises and premises used for the provision of services, and access to such premises.

The regulation does not apply to supervised hobbies, statutory services or professional sports for children born in 2004 and younger.

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland (AVI) decides on restrictions on public events and the use of premises based on the local situation. Tampere complies with its regulations.

How will the restrictions affect the services provided by the city?

Professional sports and supervised recreational activities aimed at children born in 2004 or later are still allowed in indoor sports facilities.
• The indoor swimming pools at Tesoma, Pyynikki and Hervanta are closed.
• Professional sports and recreational activities aimed at children born in 2004 or later involving swimming will be concentrated in Tampere Swimming Centre from 25 December to 8 January 2022.
• Professional sports and supervised recreational activities for children born in 2004 or later will continue to be allowed in gyms.

Tampere Libraries
• Libraries are open according to normal opening conditions, and in order to guarantee the safe service of the customers, both the collection facilities and the self-service libraries are in use.
• The use of magazine reading computers and customer computers for essential services is only possible at safe distances.
• The mobile library can be used by five customers or a family at a time.
• The library's bookable meeting rooms are only used for supervised recreational activities for children born in 2004 and later.
• Customers are encouraged to conduct their visits to the library as quickly as possible and, therefore, staying in the library is not allowed.

• The exhibition activities of the museums are open according to normal opening conditions.
• The number of customers is limited to 10 persons/exhibition space.
• Public and other events and guided tours of museums are cancelled.

Tampere Philharmonic
• The spring concerts will begin on 14 January 2022.

Urban Culture Unit
• Cultural facilities are closed until 7.1.2022.

Adult Education Centre
• The semester of the Adult Education Centre will not start until 17 January 2022.

What restrictions will apply to restaurants? Who decides?
There will be more restrictions on restaurants starting over Christmas. These restrictions are decided by the government of the country and also apply to the restaurants in the Tampere region.

• Starting Tuesday, 28 December, the dispensing of alcohol ends at 5 p.m. and restaurants dispensing alcohol close at 6 p.m. In food restaurants, dining also ends at 5 p.m., but opening hours are allowed until 8 p.m. with the COVID-19 passport.
• The number of customers will also be limited. A maximum of 50% of the normal number of customer places can be used in restaurants dispensing alcohol and up to 75% of customer places in food restaurants.
• Restaurants have the right to require the use of a COVID-19 passport during the entirety of their opening hours.

What other restrictions or recommendations apply?
Recommendations already familiar to many, such as telecommuting and face masks. In Pirkanmaa, it is recommended to use a face mask in public transport, in all public indoor spaces if there are a lot of people close to each other as well as outdoors if there are long-lasting gatherings which make it difficult to get around.

The text has been updated on 29.12.2021.
The third vaccine is given to 18–59-year-olds five months (was six months) after the second vaccine.

Further information: