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11.10.2021

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/

Vac­ci­na­tions

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?

  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 a 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.
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