The coronavirus situation is calming down in Soite’s area
Soite’s coronavirus task group gathered on Thursday December 9th 2021 to evaluate the regional situational picture.
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation in Soite’s area has calmed significantly, but remains serious in the neighbouring counties. There is still a risk that the situation can deteriorate even in Soite’s area. Soite’s area is still being classified as an area with coronavirus community transmission. All regional regulations and recommendations regarding the coronavirus situation within Soite’s area are listed on Soite’s coronavirus website: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
The incidence of infections during 14 days is currently 59/100,000 residents in the entire Soite area and a total of 46 coronavirus infections were confirmed during the past 14 days. Coronavirus infections are still mainly concentrated to those who have not been vaccinated or who have not received a complete series of vaccinations. Three COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital.
Especially those who are 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.
Please note! Do not come directly to the common emergency clinic (yhteispäivystys/samjour) if you have cold-like symptoms or suspect that you have a coronavirus infection. Instead call the common emergency clinic first, phone 116 117. The common emergency clinic has a separate entrance for patients with infections and the risk of coronavirus exposure increases if the guidelines are not followed.
Correctly performed antigen home tests are a good supplement when testing for coronavirus. Home tests are suitable for those people who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, a cold or a cough. A positive result from a home test should still always be confirmed with a coronavirus test performed by health care professionals. Additional information about coronavirus home tests can be found on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s website
Persons arriving in Finland from certain southern African countries have been ordered to participate in a mandatory health check, as part of which a coronavirus sample can be taken. Read more in the message.
Furthermore, we recommend that everyone travelling outside Finland makes use of the FINENTRY service when they return to Finland.
How to prevent an infection
We still emphasize the importance of a full vaccination series. The coronavirus is not going away and it will be very difficult to avoid the disease in the future. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated. Soite’s coronavirus task group strongly encourages those residents in the region who are not yet vaccinated to take the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible! We also emphasize the importance of a complete coronavirus vaccination series. A third vaccine dose is given to everyone over the age of 18 if 5 to 6 months have passed since they received the second dose.
To prevent infections it is still important to:
- Seek out coronavirus testing immediately and even if you have only mild symptoms of a respiratory infection, especially if you are not vaccinated. Appointment booking: https://korona.soite.fi/en/coronavirus-clinic/
- Maintain good hand hygiene: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Avoid social gatherings.
- Use protective face masks. Link: regional face mask recommendation
- The most important and effective way to prevent coronavirus infections, and especially serious forms of the disease, is to take a coronavirus vaccine.
Coronavirus vaccinations are progressing within Soite’s area. Vaccinations are now progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 12 who live in Soite’s area. Residents are now especially active in getting the third dose.
The aim is to further increase vaccination coverage in the Soite area by bringing vaccinations closer to the public and making them more easily available. Soite will be offering vaccinations at Chydenia shopping centre in Kokkola on Friday 17th of December from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Coronavirus vaccinations are now mainly done during appointment-free walk-in vaccination days instead of during appointments. On vaccination days without appointment booking, you can come to get your coronavirus vaccination when it suits you best. 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 centre (page is in Finnish)
If you wish to, you can take the influenza vaccine during the same appointment that you receive the coronavirus vaccine. Additional information about the influenza vaccine can be found on Soite’s website (in Finnish).
You can follow how the vaccinations progress in the area with the help of Soite’s corona vaccination indicator, which is updated on Monday afternoons.
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.