Kela to provide compensation for travel costs associated with COVID-19 vaccinations

Starting 27 March 2021, Kela will begin to provide compensation for travel costs associated with getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Compensation is provided under the same terms as for any other trip to visit a healthcare provider.

The Finnish Parliament has approved a bill authorising Kela to provide compensation for trips made between 27 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 for the purpose of getting vaccinated for COVID-19. There is a maximum copayment of EUR 25 for each one-way trip.

The compensation is calculated based on the least expensive way of reaching the vaccination site. Clients who for health reasons are prevented from using public transportation, or it is not available, can get a reimbursement for using a taxi.

To qualify for compensation, they must call the regional dispatch number to book a taxi, with the exception of the Åland Islands, where it can be booked directly with the taxi operator.

The purpose of the compensation is to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine for all clients.

Claiming compensation

Clients who use public transport or a private car must claim compensation afterwards. If a client needs someone to accompany them, that person too can claim compensation for travel costs. The easiest way to claim is to visit Kela's e-services at www.kela.fi/asiointi (Finnish) or www.fpa.fi/etjanst (Swedish). Clients who have the right to use a taxi are reimbursed right away in the taxi. To qualify, they must call the regional dispatch number to book their ride. Trips made by taxi cannot be reimbursed after the fact.

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