Information on COVID-19 (Corona virus) 

Situation in Kainuu (3.5.2022)

Corona epidemic is yet on. The risk of exposition is at least moderate.  

  • Incidence in Kainuu  ~1500 (confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants) 
  • Positive cases of all tests ~ 30 % 

Did you have a positive test result for COVID or are you exposed to infection? 

Tracing is highly overloaded with contacting all test positive and exposed persons. The delay may be signficant.

  • If you have are tested at Kainuun sote testing post you will be contacted via SMS or phone call. You will be ordered to isolation so stay home and avoid close contacts with other people. The contact delay is several days. Therefore inform the persons you have been in close contacts 2 days before symptoms/testing. That will help stop further infections. Please list your contacts, that will be a great help for professionals.   
  • If you are exposed to corona infection, get tested (see instructions below) and stay home voluntarily and avoid close contacts with other people.
  • If your symptoms get severe, call medical helpline 116 117 or emergency number 112, if life threatening situation.   


- Not applicable


    1. Get Covid19 vaccines when offered. Vaccines provide effective protection against severe covid19-disease. 
    2. If you get symptoms related to Covid-disease, it is recommended voluntarily to avoid contacts outside your household at least 5 days. You may take a home test for COVID19.
    3. Remember hygiene: Wash hands, use a face mask and keep safety distance with other people and maintain good ventilation in order to minimize infections.

Using a face mask by your own choice. If you're exposed to Covid infection, you may work or go to school if you've no symptoms (using a face mask) 

If you get symptoms related to Covid-disease, take a home tesi (antigene test). Testing in health care is recommended if

  • you have severe symptoms or
  • you are in risk group (elderly persons or certain diseases/conditions) or
  • you ar prgenant or
  • you are working in social and health care

COVID testing in central hospital Mon - Sat at 10 – 16.30 (booking only: or by phone 040 165 0020. Testing at local health centers only on Mon-Fri

Situation in Finland (Update information provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)

Further detailed information on travelling / crossing Finnish border (Border Guard Finland)

Information COVID19 Certificate. The EU COVID-19 certificate contains three different certificates: A certificate for being vaccinated against COVID-19, a certificate of a negative test result and a certificate of having recovered from COVID-19.

Covid quarantine and isolation

COVID19 vaccinations

The easiest way to get a covid19 vaccine is go to a local vaccination point. In Nov and Dec 2021 we are also offering free influenza vaccination for under 6 yrs olds and over 65 yrs olds and other risk groups as well. See further information. For all other people it is as recommendable, but the vaccine must be purchased from the pharmacy store (in Kainuu region you can get it without prescription). The vaccination can be injected at the local vaccination points.

Ask for the pneumococcus vaccine, too. It protects against severe illnesses of pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. Same instructions apply as influenza vaccines (own expense). 

coronary vaccinations without an appointment, the possibility of an appointment is announced separately for the municipality.

Fourth vaccination:

  • 75 years of age and older, at least three months after the third dose

  • for the elderly who are in the context of organized home care or family care

  • For those 12 years of age and older who have a severely impaired immune system, 3-4 months after the third vaccine


HYRYNSALMI, terveysasema, Kiviöntie 11, without appointment

vko 20 no vaccination

25.5. klo 8-12


KAJAANI, Kaukametsän opisto, Koskikatu 4B, without appointment

17.–19.5. klo 8.30 – 15.30

24.–25.5. klo 8.30 – 15.30


KUHMO, Oppimiskeskus, without appointment

vko 20 no vaccination

25.5. klo 9-15


PALTAMO, neuvola, ajanvarauksella

vko 20 no vaccination

25.5. klo 9- 11.30


RISTIJÄRVI, neuvola, appointment only

vko 20 no vaccination

vko 21 no vaccination

31.5. klo 9.- 11.30


SOTKAMO, terveysasema, ilman ajanvarausta

vko 20 no vaccination

24.5. klo 10–11.30 ja 12–15.30


SUOMUSSALMI, terveysasema, without appointment

vko 20 no vaccination

24.5. klo 9-15


The COVID19 vaccine protects against the corona disease. By taking the vaccine you protect yourself and other people against the virus. Vaccine is free of charge.

Covid19 vaccination is given in two doses. Get the second dose after 6-8 weeks after the first one. More information in english and other languages.

Vaccines in Kainuu region are given

  • to all residents from 5 years of age. A minor may need a guardians' consent for vaccination signed by all guardians.

New vaccines for adults (18+) are mRNA-based products by Pfizer-Biontech or Moderna. For under 18 years of age the vaccine product is Pfizer-Biontech's Comirnaty.

Since 14.3. 2022 available is also Nuvaxovid vaccine by Novavax. It is recommend for people (over 18 years of age) who are not able to take mRNA-vaccines. For getting Nu­va­xo­vid book appointment in advance and ask for it when booking.

If you have questions concerning corona disease or vaccinations, please send e-mail

Third dose

Third dose of covid vaccine ("a booster") is offered to 

- highly immune deprivated patients 2 months after the second dose 

- all over 60-yrs of age (and over 18 yrs of age who are in risk groups) 3 - 4 months after the second dose 

- 18 - 60 of age after 4 - 6 months after the second dose. 

- 12 - 17 yrs of age after 6 months after the second dose 


Fourth dose is recommended for older than 12 yrs highly immune deprivated patients 3 - 4 months after the second dose. 


COVID-19 Certificate (so called covid-passport)

The EU COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be available in My Kanta Pages as from 22 June 2021. The certificate replaces the previous national COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

The test certificate and the certificate of recovery will be available in My Kanta Pages in mid-July.

Certificate consists of three different certificates:

  • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate,
  • a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result,
  • a certificate of recovery from COVID-19.

The certificate can be used, for example, during border crossings in the EU countries. Before travelling, the passenger must find out which kind of certificate the destination country requires.

Travelling should be carefully concidered due to pandemic. If you decide to travel, always check before travelling the current corona virus and entry restrictions from the authorities of the country of your destination. All persons returning from abroad must take note of the quarantine instructions provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.More information available.

Also check the guidelines for border traffic during pandemic.

Further information

COVID-19 information in different languages (THL) 5.8.2021

Translation of organising Covid19 vaccinations in Kainuu is available also in arabian, kurdi, persian, russian

General Information on COVID Vaccination

How to get a covid vaccination! Presentation translated in several languages (arabian, kurdi, somalian, russian)


Ask for vaccinations! - webinar recorded (translated in  english, russian, estonian, sorani, arabian, somalian)

Vaccinations and corona virus Finnish | Swedish | English Russian| Estonian| French| Somali | Spanish | Turkish| Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Sorani| Albania | Thai | Vietnamese | Slovakian


Materials in different languages



How to - Ba­sic CO­VID-in­for­ma­tion in Kai­nuu

Kainuu Social and Health Care Joint Authority (Kainuun sote) is responsible for all health services in Kainuu Region. If you need ur­gent me­di­cal ca­re, please call our

  • Me­di­cal Help­li­ne tel: 116 117 or +358 8 6156 600 (land­li­ne). In an ur­gent or li­fe th­rea­te­ning emer­gen­cy, call the emer­gen­cy num­ber 112 ins­tead.

Get tes­ted in Kai­nuu

1. Wear a face mask

2. Call +358 40 165 0020 to book a test ap­point­ment (this number is only for booking COVID test; not a medical help line)

Test re­sult is in­for­med by text mes­sa­ge (SMS) - plea­se check your mo­bi­le num­ber when boo­king the test! Tes­ting is free of char­ge (in ar­ri­val test or acu­te ill­ness). 

3. Go to accommodation and stay!

- After the test go back to your accommodation, nowhere else. Wear a face mask!

- Wait until you get the result


Instructions for tested persons:

NB! Test result is informed by text message (SMS) - please check your mobile number when booking the test!

Testing is free of charge (in arrival test or acute illness) 

- If you need more information and material on COVID-19 please check our material page






Help us to decline the COVID-19 epidemic!