Current Coronavirus Information in Soite’s Area on November 29th 2021
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation remains serious in the Soite area. The risk of getting a coronavirus infection is still high in the area, although a decrease can be observed in the number and incidence of infections. During last week (week 47), a total of 44 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Soite area. The majority of infections were confirmed in unvaccinated persons or in persons who have not received a complete series of vaccinations. 64% of infections were confirmed in persons already in quarantine.
Last week, circa 1,175 coronavirus samples were taken. The percentage of positive samples was 3.7 %. 84 percent of the infections have been traced.
Three COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital.
Now during the pre-Christmas season we would like to emphasize that you should only participate in pre-Christmas celebrations and other parties if you are healthy. You should stay at home even if you have only mild symptoms indicative of a coronavirus infection. We recommend that you read the list of suggestions for safe pre-Christmas celebrations that the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has compiled. The Institute’s guidelines state that it would be advisable also for private event organisers to use a coronavirus passport, and that it is important that the coronavirus passport be used throughout the event, not just after a certain time.
In accordance with the Institute’s recommendation, Soite will start administering a third dose of coronavirus vaccine within its area to health care personnel that treats coronavirus patients, to personnel and residents within around-the-clock care and to health and social care personnel providing other urgent services. The third dose will be given to persons who received their second dose six months before. A third dose can also be given to health and social care personnel who provide other urgent services that the regions deem to be urgent and critical.
The Institute has started a new web page (in Finnish) about the Omicron coronavirus mutation. The site is updated as the situational picture becomes more complete.
The key figures in the situational picture have been updated:
- Infections during last week: 44 (a week ago 87)
- In hospital care: 3 coronavirus patients
- Number of infections in the last 14 days: 130 (a week ago 194)
- The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100,000 citizens: 168 (a week ago 251)
- 3.7 % of coronavirus test results are positive (a week ago 5.5 %)
- Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 6 coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in the Central Ostrobothnia hospital district
- The epidemic status of the coronavirus epidemic status in Central Ostrobothnia: area with community transmission
The list of possible exposures has been updated! Coronavirus exposures may have occurred in the following places:
- November 23rd 4 pm to 4.30 pm Näkömestari, Kokkola
- November 23rd 4.30 pm to 5.30 Prisma, Kokkola
- November 24th 1.55 pm to 2.10 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola
- November 25th. 5 pm to 7.30 pm swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola
- November 25th 6 pm to 7.30 gym SC ROK
- November 26th 10.30 am to 11.30 am gym SC ROK
The list of possible exposures in the Soite area: https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/
The most important part is to follow the hygiene recommendations and seek out coronavirus testing if you are not yet vaccinated. Current recommendations regarding the coronavirus epidemic within Soite’s area are listed on Soite’s corona website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
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.
Those who have received two doses should seek out coronavirus testing if they have been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case and are experiencing symptoms or if they are suffering from symptoms of a respiratory infection and belong to a risk group or work with the social and health care services.
Coronavirus vaccinations are progressing within Soite’s area and the influenza vaccinations have also been off to a good start. If you wish to, you can take the influenza vaccine during the same appointment that you receive the coronavirus vaccine, if you belong to the influenza vaccine target group. Additional information about the influenza vaccine can be found on Soite’s web site (in Finnish).
Soite’s corona vaccination indicator has been updated! In total, 88.9% of the citizens in the Soite area over the age of 12 have now received their first vaccine dose. 83.4 percent of persons over the age of 12 in the area have received their second vaccination dose. Vaccinations with the third doses are under way and so far, 7.8 percent of the persons over the age of 12 have received a third dose.
Vaccinations are now progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 12 who live in Soite’s area. All persons over 60 years of age and persons over 12 years of age in risk groups 1 and 2 can visit Soite’s vaccination points for a third coronavirus vaccination if at least 6 months have passed since they received their second dose. The vaccination information is checked at the vaccination site and if less than 6 months have passed since the second vaccination, a third vaccine dose cannot yet be given. A third vaccine dose is also still available for immunocompromised persons over the age of 12 as well as personnel within the social and health care systems who received their first two vaccine doses with a short interval of 3–4 weeks at the beginning of the year.
Vaccinations are mainly during 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 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.
This week, vaccination days without appointment booking are organized:
- November 29th to December 2nd 9 am to 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer
- November 30th 9 am to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso, Passeli (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer
- December 1st 9 am to 6 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso, Passeli (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer
- December 2nd 9 am to 4 pm Perho health station (Vanhainkodintie 20) Vaccine: Pfizer
- December 2nd 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccine: Pfizer
- December 2nd 10 am to 3.45 pm Kruunupyy health station (Säbråntie 1). Vaccine: Pfizer
- December 3rd 9 am to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso, Passeli (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer
- December 3rd 8.30 am to 3 pm Toholampi Seurakuntakoti (the parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccine: Pfizer
- December 3rd 9 am to 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7) Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna
- December 4th 9 am to 5 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccine: Pfizer
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?
- 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 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.