Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs on the 11th of March 2021

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group has a meet­ing on Thurs­days and when need­ed. The pre­pared­ness is in accor­dance with plan.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infections

No new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite today, but we inform about a pos­si­ble expo­sure for the coronavirus:

  • on Saturday the 6th of March 2021 on Onnibus' bus journey from Jyväskylä (departure at 1.45 p.m.) to Kokkola (arriving at 5.05 p.m.)

No patients with COVID-19 are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hospital.

The inci­dence of coro­n­avirus infec­tions dur­ing the last 14 days is cur­rent­ly 28 /100 000 cit­i­zens 0.5% of the coro­n­avirus tests are pos­i­tive. The num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions that have been con­firmed in Soite since the pan­dem­ic began is now 234. All the recent sources of infec­tion have been traced.

We con­tin­ue to stress, that you must seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing ear­ly and even if you have only very mild symp­toms indica­tive of the coro­n­avirus. You have to book an appoint­ment and should not enter the dri­ve-in lane with­out an appoint­ment. Link: How to book an appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus test.


In accor­dance with the rec­om­men­da­tions from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare Soite pri­or­i­tizes the elder­ly when it comes to coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions. Thus, tele­phone appoint­ment book­ing is orga­nized so that appoint­ments for coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are giv­en only to those over 80 years of age dur­ing the first hour.

At this stage, the fol­low­ing have a right to vaccination:

  • everyone over the age of 75 in Soite’s area as well as informal caregivers and other elderly persons (over the age of 70, e.g. partner) who live in the same household. If an informal caregiver or partner who lives in the same household is vaccinated at the same time, the appointment should be booked by phone for both persons. Informal caregivers under the age of 70 are vaccinated with a different vaccine on a different day.
  • 16-69-year-old persons who belong to risk group 1 and have an illness or condition that is highly predisposing to severe coronavirus disease. Additional information on THL's web site: vaccinations for risk groups. Be prepared to prove you belong to the risk group at the vaccination site. Informal caregivers to and persons close to persons who belong to risk group 1 and live in the same household do not have the right to vaccination at this stage.

Appoint­ment book­ing for coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions will be opened again on Tues­day 16th of March as follows:

  • telephone booking on 06 828 7488.
    • between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. appointments will be given only to persons older than 80
    • from 1 p.m. forward, vaccination appointments are given to anyone over the age of 75 as well as persons who belong to risk group 1.
    • The telephone line is open as long as appointments are available. At other times, those who call will hear a message on the phone. You can also book an appointment for an elderly person by phone.
  • electronic appointment booking in the Omahoito service on the address: will open for all groups currently eligible for vaccination on Tuesday 12 o’clock. Log on to the Omahoito service with your online bank user identifiers (or some other means of strong identification) in order to book an appointment for yourself. You can book an appointment for another person if you have made an agreement regarding this. Read more: (in Finnish)

The elec­tron­ic appoint­ment book­ing runs more smooth­ly and we rec­om­mend that you book your appoint­ment online if pos­si­ble. If an infor­mal care­giv­er or part­ner who lives in the same house­hold is to be vac­ci­nat­ed at the same time, the appoint­ment book­ing must be done by phone for both.

We have also start­ed call­ing all the per­sons in the area old­er than 80 who have not yet received the vac­cine, but if you have not received a call, it is a good idea to book an appoint­ment your­self or for an elder­ly relative. 

You can fol­low how the vac­ci­na­tion pro­gress­es in the area with the help of Soite’s coro­na vac­ci­na­tion indi­ca­tor, which is updat­ed on Mon­day after­noons. As an addi­tion to the infor­ma­tion in the coro­n­avirus indi­ca­tor it is not­ed that of the 16–17-year-old per­sons who belong to risk group 1, 84 % have now been vac­ci­nat­ed at Soite’s chil­dren’s hospital.

Changes in Soite dur­ing the coro­n­avirus epidemic

The coro­n­avirus task group decid­ed that some of the units that take lab­o­ra­to­ry sam­ples will con­tin­ue to func­tion on a small­er scale from the 18th of March through 17th of May 2021 as follows:

  • the The health station in Kälviä 3 days --> 2 days/week
  • the health station in Teerijärvi 3 days --> 2 days/week
  • The health station in Alaveteli 2 days --> 1 day/wee

Changes in Soite’s oper­a­tions are list­ed at:


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