TALLINN - Starting Monday, all people aged 50 or those turning 50 this year are invited to come in to get vaccinated against COVID-19, while at-risk people are also still welcome to come in for vaccination regardless of age.
A vaccination appointment can be booked via the national online booking system, by calling one's local hospital or the registration of a private medical institution.
"Over the course of May, we will gradually open the possibility of vaccination to anyone who wants it. Significantly increased vaccine deliveries will make it possible to start the vaccination of people aged 50 and over from the new week, and in the second half of May to open up the possibility to those aged 16-49," Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik said. "Vaccination saves lives, reduces the burden on hospital treatment and allows for a gradual easing of restrictions, the opening up of society and a return to a more normal way of life. Therefore, it is very important that each of us uses the opportunity to get vaccinated."
All people at risk of COVID-19 who are at least 16 years old are also still welcome to come in for vaccination. A person can get information about belonging to the risk group from their family doctor or the My data section on the home page of the digilugu.ee patient portal. The Health Insurance Fund compiled the lists of people belonging to the risk group as of the beginning of January and the possibility to book a vaccination appointment via the national online booking system is also open to these people.
"The vaccination marathon has reached one important milestone: the majority of people at risk have now had the opportunity to get vaccinated. Therefore, moving forward with the target groups to be vaccinated is very welcome," Le Vallikivi, head of the Family Physicians Association of Estonia, said. "The main aim of the national vaccination plan was to vaccinate the elderly and the chronically ill first, in order to protect the most vulnerable sections of society. Family doctor centers still play a key role in vaccinating at-risk groups, as family doctors have a comprehensive overview of the health status of people on the practice list and a relationship of trust with patients."
Family doctors call on all people at risk who have not yet been contacted by the family doctor center to make themselves known to the family doctor center, as patients' contact details may have changed.