Vaccination in Estonia

Vaccination against COVID-19 will help us return to normality. Vaccination in Estonia is currently carried out according to the COVID-19 vaccination plan. In 2021, vaccination is free for all people living in Estonia, including those not covered by health insurance. Vaccination is voluntary.
Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines.

Restrictions in force
The meters of risk level

The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.

Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels

Who can get vaccinated?

  • All residents of Estonia from the age of 12 are expected to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Vaccination is free for everyone in 2021.
  • Vaccination will be temporarily postponed if you have a high fever, are currently suffering from COVID-19 or are a close contact.

The following people can get vaccinated free of charge in Estonia:

  • foreign nations who don’t have an Estonian ID code but are staying here with a residence, study or work permit
  • EU citizens staying here for longer who hold a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Tourists visiting Estonia temporarily cannot get vaccinated here.

  • If the foreign country where you work offers vaccination to Estonian citizens, you can get vaccinated there. You can also get vaccinated in Estonia.
  • If you’ve received the first vaccine dose in a foreign country and want to receive the second dose in Estonia, you must obtain a certificate of the first vaccination in the foreign country and book the second appointment in Estonia.
  • You can get a certificate of vaccination completed abroad from the institution where you were vaccinated.
  • People who’ve recovered from COVID-19 are vaccinated with one dose in the sixth month after recovery and their vaccination will then be deemed completed. Even if more than six months have passed since recovery, it’s still recommended to get one vaccine dose for long-term protection.
  • If you get COVID-19 within two weeks of receiving your first vaccine dose, you should get the second vaccine dose in the sixth month after recovery like the people who have recovered from the disease.
  • If you get COVID-19 more than two weeks after receiving your first vaccine dose, you will not be given a second vaccine dose and it will be deemed that you have completed the vaccination course.

How can I get vaccinated?

Make an appointment

  • You can make an appointment for vaccination:
    - in the digital registration system at www.digiregistratuur.ee
    - by calling the registration desk of a medical institution
    - for vaccination at a pharmacy on www.vaktsineeriapteegis.ee
    - by calling 1247 (every day from 8-20)
  • Choose a suitable vaccine and book an appointment.
  • Wear a mask, bring your identity document and go to your vaccination appointment at exactly the right time. Please cancel your vaccination appointment if you’re unable to go.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes when you go to you vaccination appointment. COVID-19 vaccines are injected into the shoulder.
  • Get the injection, have it entered in your vaccination passport if you wish, and wait 15 minutes under the supervision of a health professional.
  • You have to get two doses of most vaccines. Make an appointment for a second injection with the vaccinator.
  • Call the vaccinator and cancel the appointment if you contract the coronavirus.

Just turn up

  • Vaccination centres and mobile vaccination points where you can get vaccinated without registering in advance have been opened throughout Estonia.
  • Call 1247 for information on quick vaccinations.
  • Wear a mask, bring your identity document and go to the reception desk to register your arrival, after which you will be guided to the vaccination hall.
  • Get the injection, have it entered in your vaccination passport if you wish, and wait 15 minutes under the supervision of a health professional.
  • You have to get two doses of most vaccines. Make an appointment for a second injection with the vaccinator.
  • Call the vaccinator and cancel the appointment if you contract the coronavirus.

Invite the vaccinator to visit you

  • You can call a vaccine bus for a group of at least 10 people who want to get vaccinated.
  • The vaccinators will visit you at your workplace, apartment association, sports club, gathering of friends, etc.
  • The service is initially only available in Tallinn but may be offered elsewhere as well if there is enough interest.
  • Please send an email to ltkhvak@keskhaigla.ee to place an order. In addition to your location, give us the number of people and everyone’s ID codes.
  • Everyone who wants to get vaccinated must bring their identity documents.

How can I get a third, i.e. a booster dose of the vaccine?

  • A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is a third shot of a vaccine that adults can get if at least six months have passed from the initial course of vaccination in the case of Pfizer/BionNTech and Moderna vaccines, and five months in the case of AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines.

  • Booster doses are especially necessary for people over the age of 65, people who have chronic diseases, and those who are at risk of getting infected with the coronavirus due to their work.

  • A booster shot can also be administered to other people over the age of 18 who desire it. Research has shown that immunity achieved by both vaccination and recovery weakens over time, more so and quicker for the elderly than people under the age of 65.

  • The booster doses are administered with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty or the Moderna vaccine Spikevax regardless of what vaccine used in Estonia the person completed their course of vaccinations with earlier.

  • Those who have received a complementary dose (including an additional dose and a booster dose) have the same rights as people who have completed the course of vaccinations.

Who gets a booster dose and how?

  • Contact your family doctor. Booster shots are primarily administered by family doctors. If you are also planning on receiving a free flu vaccine from the family doctor, it is possible to receive both shots on the same day but preferably in different arms.

  • If necessary, you can also get vaccinated in other nearby vaccination locations. Book an appointment at the nearest vaccinator by phone or in the National Booking System.

  • The vaccination of the employees in the field of education is organised by the school nurse who performs the vaccinations herself or directs the employees to the nearest vaccinator. In order to get vaccinated, contact your school nurse who will give you further instructions. If the school nurse directs to the nearest vaccinator, the appointment needs to be booked by phone or from the National Booking System.

  • The employees in the field of social care can turn to the vaccinator of their county to get vaccinated. In care homes the vaccination is generally performed by the care home's provider of nursing services.

  • Health care workers can turn to their employer to get vaccinated.

  • For people with immune deficiency the booster dose means a fourth shot which should be administered when at least half a year has passed since the additional or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • People with immune deficiency who have recovered from COVID-19 should consult with their immunologist about the necessity of a booster dose.

Other adults under the age of 65 are also administered booster doses if they so desire but no sooner than after six months have passed since completing the primary course of vaccinations (five months if the vaccine administered was Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca or Janssen). Booster doses can be received from the closest vaccination location (see: vaktsineeri.ee).

Based on current knowledge, a booster dose is not necessary for people who have recovered from COVID-19 and gotten vaccinated (or people who have been infected repeatedly).

Vaccination is not mandatory

  • Vaccination is voluntary in Estonia.
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended because every vaccinated person contributes to the normalisation of the situation and, like other vaccinations, helps protect those who cannot be vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination

If I was vaccinated in Estonia

If you were vaccinated in Estonia, you can download the EU digital vaccination certificate from the patient portal digilugu.ee (EU digital COVID certificates).

You can also prove that you’ve been vaccinated with an immunisation passport on paper, which you can request from the health service provider.

If I was vaccinated abroad

People who were vaccinated abroad can prove they’ve been vaccinated by presenting a digital or printed immunisation passport or a printout from a foreign database. The document certifying vaccination in another country must include the following information:

  • the disease or agent targeted
  • the date of vaccination
  • the name of the vaccine
  • the number in a series of vaccinations
  • the details of the issuer of the certificate.

Last updated: 18.11.2021