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The summer vaccination campaign ‘Open Tartu’ has begun

Tartu City Government Press Release

Vaccination Foto: Andres Tennus

13 July / This week, the City of Tartu and Tartu University Hospital launched an information campaign – ‘Open Tartu’ – to help provide a new boost to vaccinating city residents and to also keep Tartu open in the autumn. Traditional information channels are being used to disseminate information, and a vaccination bus is being tested, which will transport people from the city centre to the vaccination centre. A strong emphasis is being placed on vaccinating schoolchildren. Until the end of August, you can receive your inoculation, without prior registration, at the Tartu vaccination centre.

Last weekend, a record number of vaccine injections were administered at the Tartu vaccination centre. A total of 1900 doses were administered on Friday, and 2200 on Sunday, which is the largest number of doses administered in a single day by the Tartu vaccination centre. According to Andres Kotsar, Chief Medical Officer of Tartu University Hospital, the people of Tartu continue to show great interest in vaccination. ‘We are grateful to the people who have allowed themselves to be vaccinated. Adequate vaccination keeps hospitals running at a normal pace, and we don’t have to reorganise waiting lists or out-patient treatment appointments.’

According to Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas, Tartu is making an effort to keep the city open in the autumn. ‘The exceptionally efficient Tartu vaccination centre will continue operating in the A Le Coq sports building, where it will be possible to receive an inoculation on a first-come-first-serve basis until the end of August. In addition, we will be setting up a shuttle bus that will transport interested people from the city centre to the vaccination centre. In cooperation with the clinic, we started a new information campaign, to ensure that information about the opportunities and need for vaccination would reach every resident of Tartu. We must all work together to ensure that normal life will continue without any major restrictions in the autumn,’ the mayor added.

In particular, attention is being paid in the information campaign to the younger target group, where vaccination rates are currently lower. This week, all parents and children will be sent an invitation from their schools to get vaccinated before the start of the school year, and social media will also be used to inform students. According to Tartu Deputy Mayor Mihkel Lees, the City Government considers the vaccination of schoolchildren as soon as possible to be of great importance. ‘Immediate action is needed in order to prevent hotspots from developing in schools this autumn. If we wait for autumn, when the children are heading to school, it will be too late,’ Lees added.

It is also hoped that even more elderly and Russian-speaking city residents will be vaccinated. Information about the possibility to receive a vaccination on a first-come-first-serve basis will be sent to the mailboxes of residents of the Annelinn and Jaamamõisa districts. For people with reduced mobility, the City Government’s Department of Social Welfare and Health Care provides assistance with transportation to the vaccination centre or for vaccination at home (telephone 736-1300).

A vaccination team from Tartu University Hospital will be on Car-Free Avenue this week, from 14–15 July, to share information about vaccination opportunities with Tartu residents and visitors to Tartu. The City Government is also testing a vaccination bus, which will take interested people from the city centre to the vaccination centre and back. This week, buses will run from 10.30–12.00 on 14 July and from 14.30–16.00 on 15 July, travelling every half hour from the Market Building end of Car-Free Avenue to the Tartu vaccination centre and back. If there is sufficient interest in the vaccination bus, its hours of operation will be extended and it will be tested in other locations.

At the Tartu vaccination centre (address Ihaste tee 7, A. Le Coq Sport sports building), anyone 12 years of age or older can be vaccinated. Vaccinations will be given at the Tartu vaccination centre without prior registration until the end of August, during the centre’s opening hours of 10.00–18.00. Opening hours: www.kliinikum.ee/tartu-vaktsineerimiskeskus The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to those who do not have an appointment.

You can also continue to make appointments via the National eBooking system, by telephoning the state helpline 1247, and by telephoning the Tartu University Hospital’s pre-registration centre at 731-7200 (Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00). You may select the vaccine you would like to receive when booking your appointment.

Last changed 13.07.2021