COVID-19 related information

Here is a detailed list of COVID-19 related information and important links for international students in both Joensuu and Kuopio. Check the city-specific information below. Stay safe!

Kuopio

1. Remember the basics:

  • Wash your hands, wear a mask and keep a safety distance of 2 metres.
  • Please refrain from attending parties, trips, large gatherings etc.
  • Download and use Koronavilkku app which helps you to track exposure to the virus. You can download the app here.

2. Covid-19 vaccination

  • You can book an appointment for Covid-19 vaccination in Kuopio via phone during weekdays between 8am-3pm. 
    • Anyone over the age of 16 can book an appointment by calling +358 44 718 6921
    • Those in THL risk groups 1 and 2 can book an appointment by calling +358 44 718 6990

3. If you have any flu symptoms and suspect that you might have been infected with Covid-19, here is what you can do: 

  • You should take Omaolo symptom assessment online. (Available in Finnish and English.)
  • If you think you have coronavirus, you can call Kuopio City Corona Help Line and book an appointment for a test: +358 44 704 6700. The line may be very busy at the moment because of the number of cases and exposures, but please wait patiently or call them again. The help line is open weekdays Mon-Thu from 8am to 3pm, Friday from 8am to 2pm and on weekend Fri-Sun from 8am to 12 noon.
  • You can also call the Medical Helpline 116117, which is open 24/7. Your situation will be assessed over the phone and you will get instructions.
  • Remember to call first before visiting a health station! 
  • Check the symptoms for coronavirus here.

Changes in testing for the coronavirus in Kuopio️

By the decision of Northern Savo authorities, made in September 13th, persons who got both vaccinations don't need a coronavirus testing, if they have just common respiratory symptoms or there is a week or longer period after their second vaccination. No need to take a test either, if the person has got a coronavirus infection during last 6 months.

These changes don't concern persons exposed to coronavirus, persons working in Health and Social work services, or persons who are in a risk group.

Asymptomatic persons will be still examined by consideration of the infectious disease physician according to coronavirus trace.

4. Please note that if a health official has instructed you to stay in quarantine in your home, it is not voluntary. You can find THL’s (Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare) instructions and definitions of quarantine here.

  • It is possible to order take-away food or groceries delivered to your home during quarantine. You can order food from for example:
    • Foodora
    • Wolt
    • Foodie (Home delivery of the S-Group's grocery stores, in Finnish only)
    • K-ruoka (Home delivery of the K-Group's grocery stores, in Finnish only)
    • Grocery store K-market Pirtinportti takes orders by email at kmarketpirtinportti(at)hotmail.com and serves in English. Service charge for the home delivery: 5–10 €/order (e.g. 5 € to Rauhalahti, 10 € to city centre, Puijonlaakso). The grocery order has to be made a day before the delivery.

Read more:

Kuopio.fi, opens in a new tab: Information about Coronavirus

Kuopio.fi, opens in a new tab: Covid Vaccination

Uef.fi, opens in a new tab: Coronavirus situation at the University of Eastern Finland

Thl.fi, opens in a new tab: Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates

Thl.fi, opens in a new tab: THL recommendation on vaccine series accepted in Finland

Finentry.fi, opens in a new tab: Finentry

Joensuu

1. Remember the basics:

  • Wash your hands, wear a mask and keep a safety distance of 2 metres. 
  • Please refrain from attending parties, trips, large gatherings etc. 
  • Download and use Koronavilkku app which helps you to track exposure to the virus. You can download the app here.

2. Covid-19 vaccination

  • You can book an appointment for Covid-19 vaccination in Joensuu via phone on Mondays: +35813 330 2131
    • From 8 am - 9am, call the number above for booking the first vaccine shot (the appointment for the second shot is given during the first appointment)

  • There is a Walk-In Vaccination Point in Malmikatu 9 on specific days. Anyone can get their first or second Covid-19 vaccination there without an appointment. Please take an official ID with you. The date and time for the next vaccination day will be announced on the Siun Sote website, ISYY news and Weekly Feed. 

3. If you have any flu symptoms and suspect that you might have been infected with Covid-19, here is what you can do: 

  • You should take Omaolo symptom assessment online. (Available in Finnish and English.)
  • You can also call the Medical Helpline 116117, which is open 24/7. Your situation will be assessed over the phone and you will get instructions.
  • Alternatively, you can call your local health station. For those living in the Joensuu area, contact Siilainen health station by phone: 013 330 2211. 
  • Remember to call first before visiting a health station! 
  • Check the symptoms for coronavirus here.

4. You can check the latest places where coronavirus exposure is possible from the Siun Sote website.

  • The website is in Finnish, but the place names are listed with dates and times, which makes it easy to follow for non-Finnish speakers as well.

5. Please note that if a health official has instructed you to stay in quarantine in your home, it is not voluntary. You can find THL’s (Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare) instructions and definitions of quarantine here.

  • It is possible to order take-away food or groceries delivered to your home during quarantine. You can order food from for example:
    • Foodora
    • Wolt
    • Foodie (Home delivery of the S-Group's grocery stores, in Finnish only)
    • K-ruoka (Home delivery of the K-Group's grocery stores, in Finnish only)

Read more:

Siunsote.fi, opens in a new tab: Latest coronavirus update and instructions for clients in Siun sote area

Siunsote.fi, opens in a new tab: Coronavirus Vaccinations

Joensuu.fi, opens in a new tab: Information about the coronavirus

Uef.fi, opens in a new tab: Coronavirus situation at the University of Eastern Finland

Thl.fi, opens in a new tab: Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates

Thl.fi, opens in a new tab: THL recommendation on vaccine series accepted in Finland

Finentry.fi, opens in a new tab: Finentry