Finland to Vaccinate Poll Workers Ahead of Local Elections

Finland’s government is preparing to start vaccinating election officials ahead of the April 18 countrywide local elections.

The plan is for poll workers above the age of 70 and those at a higher risk of falling severely ill from the coronavirus to get the vaccines, the government said late on Wednesday, citing preliminary deliberations. At-home voting will be made possible for those in quarantine and officials administering the at-home ballots would also be eligible for inoculation, the government said.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s cabinet is also planning to invoke some emergency powers on Friday after declaring a state of emergency last week, including allowing delays to non-urgent treatment and centralizing government communications.

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