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18.11.2021

The Coro­n­avirus Sit­u­a­tion is Still Seri­ous in Soite’s Area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day Novem­ber 18th 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture. 

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection 

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in Soite’s area. Although the inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days has come down a lit­tle and is now 289/100,000 res­i­dents, the sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are still main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have not received a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions. Eleven COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

We still empha­size the impor­tance of vac­ci­na­tions. We strong­ly encour­age those res­i­dents in the region who are not yet vac­ci­nat­ed to take the coro­n­avirus vac­cine as soon as pos­si­ble! The effec­tive­ness of vac­ci­na­tions is clear when look­ing at the cur­rent epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion, as the infec­tions are con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed, since the vac­cine effec­tive­ly pre­vents severe forms of coro­n­avirus dis­ease. The risks asso­ci­at­ed with the vac­cine are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er than those asso­ci­at­ed with coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Link: Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion 

In addi­tion to this, those who are still unvac­ci­nat­ed should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing imme­di­ate­ly even if they only have very mild symp­toms indica­tive of coro­n­avirus. 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. There is cur­rent­ly a delay in the deliv­ery of coro­n­avirus test results, and receiv­ing the result may take 2–3 days. 

To pre­vent infec­tions it is still impor­tant to: 

  • Seek out coronavirus testing immediately and even if you have only mild symptoms of a respiratory infection, especially if you are not vaccinated. Appointment booking: https://korona.soite.fi/en/coronavirus-clinic/  
  • Maintain good hand hygiene: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. 
  • Avoid social gatherings. 
  • Use protective face masks. Link: regional face mask recommendation 
  • The most important and effective way to prevent coronavirus infections, and especially serious forms of the disease, is to take a coronavirus vaccine. 

Vac­ci­na­tions  

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are pro­gress­ing with­in Soite’s area. The vac­ci­na­tions of the cit­i­zens are pro­gress­ing with regards to all per­sons over the age of 12 who live in Soite’s area. 

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions will now main­ly be done dur­ing appoint­ment-free walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days instead of dur­ing appoint­ments. On vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, you can come to get your coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. 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 still be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ or by phone on the num­ber 06 828 7488. Phone hours Mon­day to Thurs­day from 9 am to 3 pm and Fri­day 9 am to 2 pm. You can also book an appoint­ment via your health cen­tral (page is in Finnish)

Why should I take the coro­n­avirus vaccine? 

  1. Coronavirus vaccines give effective protection against serious forms of COVID-19.  
  2. 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.  
  3. 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. 
  4. The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination 
  5. 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. 

You can fol­low how the vac­ci­na­tions progress in the area with the help of Soite’s coro­na vac­ci­na­tion indi­ca­tor, which is updat­ed on Mondays. 

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