In many cases, a minor can make the decision of getting vaccinated.
Starting on Monday, Covid-19 vaccines will be offered to all children and young people aged 12–15. The government decided on the matter last week.
Children and young people will be offered the BioNTech-Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine or the Moderna Spikevax vaccine. These are the only vaccines currently in use in Finland that are conditionally authorized for use in people 12 years of age or older. Both vaccines are mRNA vaccines.
A minor can decide on whether to get vaccinated if the healthcare professional administering the vaccine determines that, based on their age and level of development, the minor can make that decision.
If a young person does not want to or is not able to make the decision, administering the vaccine requires the consent of the parents or guardians. Vaccination against Covid-19 is voluntary.
Vaccinations can be carried out, for example, in schools or mass vaccination campaigns of the adult population.
So far, coronavirus vaccines have been available to all people over 16 years of age and to people 12–15 years of age who belong to medical risk groups.