Cur­rent Coro­n­avirus Infor­ma­tion in Soite’s Area on 20.12.2021 — the Inter­val for Third Vac­ci­na­tions is Short­ened for Per­sons Who Belong to a Risk Group and Per­sons over the Age of 60

The Cur­rent Sit­u­a­tion of Infection 

The num­ber of coro­n­avirus cas­es is on the rise in Soite’s area. Dur­ing last week (week 50), 103 new coro­n­avirus cas­es were con­firmed in Soite’s area. Last week, about 1 622 coro­n­avirus tests were tak­en. The share of pos­i­tive test results was 6.5%. Most of the infec­tions were con­firmed in unvac­ci­nat­ed per­sons or per­sons whose vac­ci­na­tion series is incom­plete. Only about 40% of the infec­tions were con­firmed in per­sons who were already in quar­an­tine. 85% of the infec­tions could be traced. 

At the moment, sev­en COVID-19 patients are cared for at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­n­ian Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal. Two of the patients are in inten­sive care. 

The key fig­ures in the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture have been updat­ed:  

  • Infections last week: 103 (a week ago 26) 
  • In hospital care: 7 coronavirus patients 
  • The number of coronavirus cases during the last 14 days: 129 (a week ago 46) 
  • The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens: 167 (a week ago 59) 
  • 6.5% of the coronavirus tests are positive (a week ago 2.1%) 
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of six coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in the Central Ostrobothnia hospital district    
  • The epidemic status of the coronavirus epidemic in Central Ostrobothnia: area with community transmission 

The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures has been updat­ed! Expo­sure to the coro­n­avirus may have occurred at the fol­low­ing places: 

  • 14th of December 5 pm - 6 pm the gym Fun, Kokkola 
  • 14th of December 6 pm - 6.30 pm Minimani, Kokkola 
  • 15th of December 6 pm - 6.30 pm S-Market, Halkokari, Kokkola 
  • 16th of December 1 pm - 1.40 pm the lunch restaurant in Port Tower, Kokkola 

The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures in Soite’s area: 

Soite’s coro­n­avirus test sta­tions are open nor­mal­ly dur­ing Christ­mas, even on Christ­mas Eve. Book an appoint­ment for coro­n­avirus test­ing online or by phone. 

  • Online via the Omaolo service at
  •  Via the coronavirus helpline: phone 06 828 7499. Open every day at 8 am - 4 pm. 

The most impor­tant thing is to fol­low the hygiene rec­om­men­da­tions con­nect­ed to the coro­n­avirus and to get vac­ci­nat­ed if one has not yet been vac­ci­nat­ed at all or if one has not yet received boost­er dos­es. The region­al coro­n­avirus rec­om­men­da­tions are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site:  

Espe­cial­ly those who are still unvac­ci­nat­ed should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay even if they only have very mild symp­toms indica­tive of the 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. 


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. Cit­i­zens are now par­tic­u­lar­ly active in tak­ing third vac­cine doses. 

Soite’s coro­na vac­ci­na­tion indi­ca­tor has now been updat­ed! In all, 89.1% of the cit­i­zens in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia health care dis­trict over the age of 12 have now received their first vac­cine dose. Last week, 66% of those who received their first vac­cine dose were under the age of 30. 84.7% of all per­sons over the age of 12 have received their sec­ond vac­cine dose and last week, 70% of the sec­ond dos­es were giv­en to per­sons under the age of 45. Vac­ci­na­tions with a third dose have begun active­ly and 25.8% of all per­sons over the age of 12 in the area have received their third vac­cine dose. Of per­sons over the age of 60 in the area, 60% have already received their third vac­cine dose. 

As per rec­om­men­da­tion from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL, Soite short­ens the inter­val between the sec­ond and the third dose. Per­sons who belong to a med­ical risk group and per­sons over the age of 60 may receive their third coro­n­avirus vac­cine dose when at least three months have passed since their sec­ond dose. Third vac­cine dos­es will be admin­is­tered with the short­er vac­ci­na­tion inter­val for the above-men­tioned groups start­ing on Tues­day 21st of Decem­ber. This may lead to con­ges­tion at the vac­ci­na­tion sites, espe­cial­ly before noon. We rec­om­mend mak­ing use of the vac­ci­na­tion days in their entire­ty in order to avoid congestion.

In addi­tion to this, Soite begins vac­ci­nat­ing 5–11-year-old chil­dren who belong to a risk group before the year is over. We will inform about this in more detail in the near future. 

Vac­ci­na­tions are main­ly giv­en on walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, which means you can come to a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. First, sec­ond and third dos­es are 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. 

Vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing are orga­nized this week as follows: 

  • 20th - 21st of December 9 am to 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso, Passeli (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer. 
  • 20th of December 3 pm - 7 pm Teerijärvi health station (Hörbyntie 8). Vaccine: Pfizer. 
  • 20th - 22nd of December 9 am - 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer. 
  • 22nd of December 8.30 am - 3.30 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccine: Pfizer. 
  • 23rd of December 8.30 am - 3 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccine: Pfizer. 

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: 

An appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion may still be booked online on 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 care centre. 

As the Christ­mas sea­son approach­es, more peo­ple will be vis­it­ing their rel­a­tives and friends, and thus it is impor­tant to ensure that your vac­cine pro­tec­tion is in order. The third vac­cine dose is impor­tant espe­cial­ly for per­sons aged 60 and old­er and for per­sons who belong to a med­ical risk group. We encour­age those who belong to these groups to get a third vac­cine dose as soon as pos­si­ble 5 to 6 months after the sec­ond dose. We also encour­age you to get the sec­ond vac­cine dose as soon as pos­si­ble if you have not yet received it. 

Nat­u­ral­ly, first dos­es of the vac­cine are also still being dis­trib­uted and we encour­age you to seek out coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion if you are com­plete­ly unvac­ci­nat­ed. The coro­n­avirus is not going away and it is very dif­fi­cult to avoid the ill­ness in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed.  

Coro­n­avirus cer­tifi­cate and coro­n­avirus passport 

Soite’s recep­tions are con­gest­ed due to inquiries about coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion cer­tifi­cates. We ask our clients to please print out their coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion cer­tifi­cates them­selves from the My Kan­ta Pages. You can also take a screen­shot of the coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion pass­port and save the image on your phone. This way you have access to the pass­port and can show it even when you do not have inter­net access. 


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