Soite’s coronavirus task group informs — the coronavirus situation is still alarming in Soite’s area
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation is still alarming in Soite’s area. During last week (week 40), 57 new positive coronavirus cases were confirmed in Soite’s area. Most of those who were infected were unvaccinated or did not yet have a complete vaccination series.
Coronavirus infections occur mostly in young people: mostly in the age group 10–19-year-olds. The average age among those who have been infected is currently 33 years. Most of those who were infected were infected in the family circle, and 45% of the infections were confirmed in persons who were already in quarantine.
Last week, 1 389 coronavirus tests were taken and the share of positive test results was 4.1%.
The key figures in the situational picture have been updated:
- Infections last week: 57 (a week ago 41)
- In hospital care: 6 coronavirus patients
- The number of coronavirus cases during the last 14 days: 98 (a week ago 64)
- The incidence of infections during the last 14 days/100 000 citizens: 127 (a week ago 83)
- 4.1% of the coronavirus tests are positive (a week ago 3.7%)
- The traceability of the chains of infection is 85 %
The list of possible exposures has been updated! Exposure to the coronavirus may have occurred at the following places:
- 4th of October 6 pm - 8 pm the swimming centre Vesiveijari, Kokkola
- 6th of October 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm Hesburger in the centre of Kokkola
- 7th of October 11.00 am - 12 noon Lidl in the centre of Kokkola
- 7th of October 5 pm - 5.30 pm Minimani Kokkola
- 8th of October 6 pm - 7 pm, Kotipizza Minimani, Kokkola
- 7th - 8th October Automaa, Kokkola
The list of possible exposures in Soite’s area https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/
The need for hospital care has decreased when it comes to patients with COVID-19. At the moment, six coronavirus patients are cared for at the Central Ostrobothnian Central Hospital. The hospital has been able to deal with the need of patient places through internal arrangements, and the coronavirus situation does not substantially affect the availability of care.
Soite’s area entered the community transmisson phase on Friday. The regional recommendations remain unchanged at this point and it is now especially important to follow them. The coronavirus is widespread in the area and the epidemic cannot be contained by restricting individual functions and events. The epidemic is concentrated to young persons and unvaccinated persons or persons whose vaccination series is not yet complete. The risk for the serious coronavirus disease increases clearly with age. 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. The regional coronavirus recommendations are listed on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
The coronavirus vaccinations of the citizens are progressing in 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. A third vaccine dose is available for severely immunocompromised persons over the age of 12 and for social and health care personnel.
The eagerness to get vaccinated increased clearly during last week, and Soite’s area has in principle already reached the national goal of a vaccination coverage of 80% when persons who have been infected with the coronavirus after their first vaccine dose are taken into account.
Soite’s coronavirus vaccination indicator has been updated. In all, 85.5% of the citizens in Central Ostrobothnia health care district over the age of 12 have now received their first vaccine dose. 77.1% of all persons over the age of 12 have received their second vaccine dose. When it comes to all citizens, 73.1% have received their first dose and 63.6% their second dose.
Vaccinations are now 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:
- Monday 11th of October 9 am to 7 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Tuesday 12th of October 9 am to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Tuesday 12th of October 9 am to 3.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Wednesday 13th of October from 2 pm to 5 pm Teerijärvi health station (Hörbyntie 8). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Wednesday 13th of October 9 am - 7 pm the vaccination central in Kokkola (Kaarlelankatu 7). Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Wednesday 13th of October 4 pm to 7.30 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 14th of October 1 pm - 4.30 pm Kruunupyy health station (Säbråntie 1). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 14th of October 8.30 am - 3 pm Kannus seurakuntakeskus (the parish centre) (Valtakatu 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Thursday 14th of October 12 noon - 3.30 pm Perho health station (Vanhainkodintie 20). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Friday 15th of October 8.30 am - 3 pm Toholampi seurakuntakoti (parish house) (Lampintie 7). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Friday 15th of October 6 pm - 8.30 pm Kokkola ice rink Vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.
- Saturday 16th of October 8.30 am - 4 pm Kannus health centre (Lopotinkatu 2). Vaccine: Pfizer.
- Saturday 16th of October 9 am to 3 pm the vaccination central in Perhonjokilaakso (Kirkkotanhua 1, Veteli). Vaccine: Pfizer.
Soite gives coronavirus vaccinations on Friday 15th of October at Kokkola ice rink 6 pm — 8.30 pm in connection with Hermes’ game.
Vaccinations for adolescents continue in the schools in the area. More information in the bulletin. The schools inform the pupils and parents in more detail about the vaccinations via the information channel Wilma. Both lower secondary school pupils and students at general upper secondary schools are vaccinated at schools. Adolescents can also get vaccinated on Soite’s general appointment-free walk-in-days.
More information and the schedule for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
It is still possible to book an appointment online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi or by phone via the secretary at Soite’s vaccination central, phone 040 804 2821 (Monday-Friday 12 noon to 3 pm). An appointment may also be booked by phone via one’s own health centre. There are a good number of appointments available for coronavirus vaccinations.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has instructed that men and boys under the age of 30 should, for now, only be offered BioNTech-Pfizer’s Comirnaty-vaccine. Soite follows this recommendation. According to a Nordic follow-up study, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) is proportionally more common in persons who have received Moderna’s Spikevax-vaccine than in persons who have received BioNTech-Pfizer’s Comirnaty-vaccine, and the risk of getting myocarditis is higher in young men than in women. According to the study, myocarditis is, overall, uncommon in persons who have received a coronavirus vaccine. Myocarditis occurs continually also in persons who have not been vaccinated, as a result of different infections. More information can be found in the press release by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL (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 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.