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30.09.2021

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs: the epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 30th 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area. 27 new coro­n­avirus cas­es have already been con­firmed in Soite’s area dur­ing this week. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are con­cen­trat­ed to young adults who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. Cur­rent­ly, infec­tions are spread­ing main­ly among fam­i­ly mem­bers and dur­ing hob­by activ­i­ties. Two COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures has been updat­ed! Coro­n­avirus expo­sures may have occurred in the fol­low­ing places:

  • 22nd of September 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm Prisma, Kokkola
  • 23rd of September 11.30 am to 3 pm the surgical outpatient clinic at Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital
  • 28th of September 8 pm to 8.30 pm K-Market Kannus
  • 28th of September 8.30 pm to 9 pm Kannus kebab

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.

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.

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group held a meet­ing yes­ter­day and decid­ed that Soite’s area remains in the accel­er­a­tion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic and the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions remain unchanged. As infec­tions occur main­ly among young peo­ple who are still unvac­ci­nat­ed or who have an incom­plete vac­ci­na­tion series, and as the num­ber of infec­tions is ris­ing, the author­i­ty task group con­sid­ers it impor­tant that the region­al strong face mask rec­om­men­da­tion remains unchanged. The rec­om­men­da­tion about remote work is also still in effect in the Soite area.

Vac­ci­na­tions — still a way to go before we reach an 80% vac­ci­na­tion coverage

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

Recent­ly, there has been an increase in vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age, espe­cial­ly for the first dose, which is great! How­ev­er, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the younger age group of per­sons aged 12 to 15 years there is still a way to go before an 80% vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age is reached in the Soite area. The coro­n­avirus task group would like to thank young peo­ple in Veteli in par­tic­u­lar, as a 70.5% vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age for the first dose has already been achieved in the 12–15 age group!

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. The vac­ci­na­tions will con­tin­ue in the shop­ping cen­tres in the area: Kokko­la City­mar­ket Sat­ur­day 9th of Octo­ber 9 am to 1 pm and Pris­ma in Kokko­la Sat­ur­day 9th of Octo­ber 2 pm to 6 pm. Fur­ther­more, Soite plans to bring walk-in vac­ci­na­tions to sports events in the 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/

First, sec­ond and third 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.

It is impor­tant to take the sec­ond dose of the vac­cine to strength­en the pro­tec­tive effect of the vac­cine against both the orig­i­nal coro­n­avirus strain and the virus muta­tions. The sec­ond dose also ensures that the pro­tec­tive effect lasts as long as pos­si­ble. Fin­land aims for an 80% vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age for the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion dose so that the soci­ety can be opened up safe­ly. The sec­ond dose can be giv­en when at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.

A third dose is cur­rent­ly avail­able to severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised per­sons aged 12 and old­er and to social and health care per­son­nel who received the first dose of the vac­cine with a short inter­val of 3 to 4 weeks dur­ing the begin­ning of the year.

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?

  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 Mon­day afternoons.

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