The situation within the South Karelia Social and Health Care District (Eksote)


Up-to-date information about the coronavirus situation and the COVID-19 vaccination in South Karelia: 

- Book an appointment and have yourself vaccinated! -

COVID-19 vaccinations in South Karelia are administered to persons aged 16 years or older and persons aged 12–15 who belong to a risk group 1 or 2.

To book a vaccination appointment, call +358 5 352 2355. Service is available in Finnish and English.

In Lappeenranta, vaccinations are given in the shopping centre IsoKristiina and in Imatra, in Torigalleria. To view all vaccination locations in South Karelia, please visit: (Only in Finnish)​

- Remember to wear a face mask and disinfect your hands! -

The number of new COVID-19 cases has increased in South Karelia during the early part of the summer and a few COVID-19 patients are currently in hospital. It is very important to follow hygiene instructions and to always wear a face mask in shops and other indoor premises, where a large number of people are present.

Having yourself vaccinated against the coronavirus is important in order to reduce the occurrence of COVID-19 in South Karelia. The COVID-19 vaccination provides good protection against the severe form of the coronavirus disease.

The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and voluntary.​


Have a look: Should I take the​ COVID-19 vaccination​ or not?​ (YouTube/City of Turku: 1.4 minutes)

COVID-19 vaccination is offered to all persons aged 16 or older who are willing to take the vaccine. Because the number of available vaccines is limited in the beginning, they are first offered to people with a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease or being exposed to the virus at work, for example. ​More information:​

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates​ (THL)

The valid recommendations in South Karelia
How to act if you suspect to have Covid 19 –virus?​
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 infection​

The situation assessment workgroup hopes that the residents will follow the instructions, recommendations, and restrictions provided in relation to the coronavirus epidemic carefully in South Karelia.

​​Did you become ill in Fi​​nland?
  • If you develop symptoms that are typical of a coronavirus infection, you must stay home or in your place of accommodation. Do not meet other people or go to public places if you have a runny nose, a cough, a sore throat, a fever, nausea, or diarrhoea. 
  • Have yourself tested for coronavirus immediately by calling Eksote 116 117 or by filling in a symptom assessment in the Omaolo service. The symptoms of a coronavirus infection and instructions for booking a coronavirus test can be found on Eksote’s website:
  • If you feel that you require treatment for your symptoms, you can have your treatment need assessed by calling the same number 116 117.​
  • Instructions for persons who have been ordered to quarantine or isolate in their own home (290121)​.pdf

  • At the moment, face masks are not very widely used in the region. However, attention must be paid to their use, especially when moving in shops and shopping centres, in connection to indoor activities and other leisure time activities, on public transport, and at private celebrations (e.g. weddings, large birthday gatherings, and graduations).

  • Putting on a mask​ (Turku)​
  • See below for more information on the baseline level mask recommendation.
  • Situation elsewhere in Finland: THL / Alueiden tilanne: rajoitukset ja suositukset 
  • Voluntary quarantine is not a punishment

    The workgroup stresses the importance of voluntary quarantine when travelling abroad. At the present time, travelling abroad is not recommended. In THL's traffic light model, e.g. Russia is in the grey category. Persons who travel in a country that is red or grey in the traffic light model must stay in voluntary quarantine for 14 days every time they return to Finland. Voluntary quarantine is not a punishment for crossing the border, but a measure that aims to protect the population against the spread of the coronavirus disease.

    – In Finland, voluntary quarantine is not supervised, but everyone must do their share to fight the pandemic, says the Chair of the workgroup Tuula Karhula.

    In voluntary quarantine, you should stay at home and not go e.g. to your workplace, school, or other place of study. This protects others from infection.

    It is recommended that children who are in voluntary quarantine do not participate in early childhood education. School-aged children and young people should also stay at home. Any special arrangements must be agreed upon with the education organiser. The practices to be followed at work for 14 days following the return of an employee to Finland must be agreed upon with the employer.

    Voluntary quarantine can be shortened if the person receives two negative COVID-19 test results. Please visit the THL website for further information:​​​