Current Coronavirus Information in Soite’s Area on September 20th 2021
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation is not improving in the region — infections are currently occurring at almost the same rate as during the serious epidemic situation in May. During last week (week 37), a total of 38 coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Soite area. Only a small proportion of the infections have been detected in people who were already in quarantine.
The key figures in the situational picture have been updated:
- Infections during last week: 38 (a week ago 36)
- In hospital care: 2 coronavirus patients
- Number of infections in the last 14 days: 74 (a week ago 55)
- The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens: 96 (a week ago 71)
- 2.6 % of coronavirus test results are positive (a week ago 2 %)
- Traceability of chains of infection 75 %
Those who have not yet been vaccinated should seek out coronavirus testing without delay, even if they only have very mild symptoms indicative of a coronavirus infection. We also remind you that the coronavirus test result should be awaited at home and in quarantine so as not to potentially expose others to the coronavirus, for example in the workplace
Last week, 1,427 corona tests were taken, which is somewhat less than in previous weeks and this decrease is caused partly by the new strategy for coronavirus testing. The share of positive coronavirus tests has risen to 2.6 percent.
Most of those who were infected were unvaccinated or hade only received one vaccine dose. The majority of infections were infections that occurred within the family. The second largest source of infections was workplaces. We therefore urge employers and managers in the area to steer employees to a coronavirus test if the employees experience even minor respiratory symptoms. While waiting for the result of the coronavirus test, you must stay at home.
The list of possible exposures has been updated with the following information: https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/
The coronavirus epidemic is not ending, although restrictions related to the coronavirus epidemic are being eased nationwide as the vaccination coverage improves. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated. The vaccine itself is associated with significantly lower risks than a coronavirus infection.
Vaccinations – vaccinations with a third dose are beginning for severely immunocompromised persons
The coronavirus vaccinations of the citizens are progressing well in Soite’s area. The vaccinations of the citizens within Soite are progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 12.
Soite’s coronavirus vaccination indicator has been updated! So far, 84.3% of the residents aged 12 and older have received their first vaccine dose, and 72.2% have received their second dose in the Central Ostrobothnia Hospital District. Of the entire population in the area, 72% have received their first dose and 59.8% their second.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has instructed regions to begin vaccinations with a third dose of coronavirus vaccine for severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 years and older. The administration of a third dose of vaccine to this target group will begin immediately in Soite. Persons with any of the following diseases or conditions are considered to be severely immunocompromised:
- Organ transplantation
- Stem cell transplantation
- Severe or moderate congenital immunodeficiency
- Immunosuppressive cancer treatment
- Treatment of autoimmune diseases with immunosuppressive biologics or JAK inhibitors
- Dialysis and severe chronic renal insufficiency
- Advanced or untreated HIV
- Other severe immunosuppressive conditions as assessed by a doctor
The third dose is given at Soite’s vaccination sites. You can get vaccinated during a pre-booked appointment or by visiting an appointment-free walk-in vaccination. More information in the bulletin.
There are a good number of vaccination appointments available. Vaccinations will be done mainly during walk-in vaccination days without appointment booking, which means you can come to a coronavirus vaccination when it suits you best.
First as well as second doses will be administered during the walk-in-days. At a walk-in vaccination, it is possible to arrange for the second dose to be given earlier than planned, if at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.
The aim is to increase the vaccination coverage in the Soite area by bringing vaccinations closer to the public and making them more easily available. This week, Soite will begin vaccinating the population at Prisma in Kokkola Thursday 23rd of September from 9 am to 3 pm and at Kokkola Citymarket Friday 24th of September 9 am to 3 pm.
This week, vaccination days without appointment booking are organized:
- Tuesday 21st of September 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso ( Kirkkotanhua 1). Vaccine: Pfizer and Moderna
- Tuesday 21st to Wednesday 22nd of September 9 am to 7 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Halpa-Halli’s old building, Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer and Moderna
- Wednesday 22nd of September 12:30 pm to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Thursday 23rd of September 9 am to 3 pm Prisma, Kokkola. Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- Thursday 23rd of September 2.15 pm to 3.45 pm Perho health station. Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- Thursday 23rd of September 1 pm to 4 pm Kruunupyy health station (Säbråntie 1). Vaccine: Pfizer
- Thursday 23rd of September 12 noon to 3 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (Valtakatu 20). Vaccine: Pfizer
- Friday 24th of September 9 am to 3 pm K-Citymarket, Kokkola. Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- Friday 24th of September 12 noon to 3 pm Toholampi Seurakuntakoti (the parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccine: Pfizer
- Saturday 25th of September 12 noon to 4 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Halpa-Halli’s old building, Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
According to policy by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL, it is recommended that the mRNA vaccination series (Pfizer and Moderna) are completed primarily using the same vaccine. If you want to receive your second vaccine dose on an appointment-free walk-in day, check if the same vaccine is available on that day. Vaccines available on walk-in days are shown in the information about the vaccination day.
Additional information and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
An appointment for a coronavirus vaccination may be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ or via the secretary of the vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821 Monday-Friday 12 noon — 3 pm or by phone via your local health centre.
Why should I take the coronavirus vaccine?
- Coronavirus vaccines give effective protection against serious forms of COVID-19.
- The vaccines also protect against the long-term effects of COVID-19, the so-called long COVID, which may cause prolonged tiredness, shortness of breath, cough and joint and chest pain.
- By taking the vaccine, you can protect not only yourself but also others. The coronavirus vaccination significantly reduces the secretion of the virus and its spreading from one person to another.
- The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with a coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
- With vaccinations, we can return to a more normal life and the need for restrictions is reduced. Everyone who decides to take the vaccine makes a difference.