Kati Paalosalo-Harris, who works as a specialist nurse in London, called her workplace vaccine program a week ago.
He thought mainly about inquiring when he could come take the coroner vaccine.
The vaccination schedule was quick - as early as this week’s Thursdays.
Paalosalo-Harris may be the first Finn to receive a coronary vaccine.
- Of course, my profession as a nurse was the main reason I got the vaccine at such an early stage, but it was a bit of a coincidence, she says.
According to Paalosalo-Harris, the vaccine is the first in the UK to be given to people over the age of 80 and to caregivers in those at different risk groups.
- I do not belong to either of the groups, but I happened to call the vaccine program at such a time that they had free time.
Earlier this week, Ilta-Sanomat also told about Finnish-born Marika Nicoll, who is about to receive an interest rate increase on Friday.
Nicoll, who works as a nutrition therapist in the intensive care unit of a Glasgow hospital, said he hoped to be able to visit Finland after vaccination.
- I haven't been there in over a year.
I also hope I couldn’t bring the virus home with vaccination, he said in an interview.
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Paalosalo-Harris was given a coronary vaccination on Thursday morning.
He notes that taking the vaccine was in no way different from taking a regular flu vaccine.
- There was nothing more exciting than taking a regular flu vaccine.
It didn’t cause any reaction and it didn’t particularly feel any.
After the vaccination, Paalosalo-Harris was above all relieved.
- It's great that we have progressed to the point where people are vaccinated.
I even felt a little privileged when I was on this vaccine program and got the injection at such an early stage, he says.
The coronary vaccine is given to Paalosalo-Harris in two parts.
He received the first dose on Thursday and the second dose in three weeks.
The vaccine will reach full effect two weeks after the second dose.
Paalosalo-Harris has taken an corona test twice a week at home, according to her workplace guidelines.
This practice continues even after he has been vaccinated.
- During the vaccination, the vaccine reminded me of an important point.
Namely, that I can still get a coronary infection.
Now, however, my body recognizes the virus and is able to fight it, Paalosalo-Harris says.
The vaccine greatly relieves the symptoms of a coronary infection.
Paalosalo-Harris says the difference described by the vaccine giver is about the same as having a small spring flu or severe pneumonia.
- So the basics must still not be forgotten.
In addition to hygiene, face masks must be worn.
Paalosalo-Harris moved from Finland to Great Britain 24 years ago.
Born in Pori, a nurse graduated from her profession in the mid-1990s recession.
- This may sound incomprehensible in the current situation, but there were no jobs for nurses in Finland at that time.
In the UK, on the other hand, a lot of nurses were recruited from Finland at that time, so I went there too.
Since moving, Paalosalo-Harris has worked continuously at St. Thomas Hospital in London, which is also one of the largest hospitals in the UK.
He believes the pandemic will leave a lasting mark on everyday life there.
- I do not know to what extent masks are held in Finland, but in London they are held in all public spaces.
It feels natural, and it may be that the masks have come to stay.
Iltalehti was the first to report on the Paalosalo-Harris coroner vaccine.