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13.01.2022

Soite’s Coro­n­avirus Task Group Informs on the 13th of Jan­u­ary 2021

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day Jan­u­ary 13th 2022 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection

The inci­dence of coro­n­avirus con­tin­ues to increase quick­ly in Soite’s area. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 730/100,000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area and the inci­dence dur­ing 14 days is 570. Two COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

The task group would like to remind every­one that you should not leave your home if you have even only mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion. Espe­cial­ly those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have received only one dose of the vac­cine should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay and even if they have only very mild symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infection.

Those who have received a pos­i­tive coro­n­avirus test result can no longer be per­son­al­ly called by Soite. Per­sons who have been infect­ed will receive a text mes­sage that pro­vides short instruc­tions for how to act and instruc­tions for when to con­tact Soite. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on Soite’s coro­na web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/after-you-have-been-tested-for-the-coronavirus/

Home tests are still rec­om­mend­ed for any­one who has symp­toms of a res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion, such as a fever, a run­ny nose or a cough. Coro­n­avirus anti­gen home tests may not nec­es­sar­i­ly recog­nise the omi­cron vari­ant as accu­rate­ly as pre­vi­ous vari­ants, so we rec­om­mend repeat­ing the home test again after a few days if the symp­toms of res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tion per­sist. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about coro­n­avirus home tests can be found on the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Welfare’s website

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 and follow regional regulations and recommendations: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/
  • 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.

Vac­ci­na­tions

The task group wants to thank Cen­tral Ostro­both­ni­ans for being so active in get­ting vac­ci­nat­ed! Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are pro­gress­ing well with­in Soite’s area and a record amount of vac­ci­na­tions are being giv­en at the vac­ci­na­tion sites. This has peri­od­i­cal­ly caused con­ges­tion at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion sites. We rec­om­mend that those who come to get vac­ci­nat­ed spread out their vis­its through­out the day in order to avoid con­ges­tion. The end of the vac­ci­na­tion day and the end of the week are usu­al­ly calmer times to come and get vac­ci­nat­ed. At the vac­ci­na­tion sites, you have to use a pro­tec­tive mask and observe safe­ty distances.

We appeal to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have an incom­plete vac­cine pro­tec­tion to seek out vac­ci­na­tion as soon as pos­si­ble! It is espe­cial­ly impor­tant to take the coro­n­avirus vac­cine now that the quick­ly spread­ing omi­cron vari­ant is present in the area, as the vac­cine pro­tects you from seri­ous forms of coro­n­avirus dis­ease in particular.

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are giv­en with­in Soite’s area as follows:

  • Coronavirus vaccinations are now progressing with regards to all persons over the age of 5 who live in Soite’s area. The second dose can be given when at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.
  • A third vaccine dose is given to everyone over the age of 60 and to persons who belong to medical risk groups and who are at least 18 years or older if at least 3 months have passed since they received the second dose.
  • A third vaccine dose is given to everyone under the age of 60 (18 to 59 years old) if at least 4 months have passed since they received the second dose.
  • A third dose is also given to persons aged 12 and older who have a severe immunodeficiency, if at least 2 months have passed since the third vaccination.
  • A fourth dose is given to persons aged 12 and older who have a severe immunodeficiency, if at least 3 months have passed since the third vaccination.
  • Coronavirus vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 will be arranged by appointment at Soite’s vaccination centrals. You can book an appointment via Soite’s online Omahoito service: https://soite.terveytesi.fi/citizenportal/#/login More appointments will be opened as soon as possible. In addition, we arrange walk-in vaccination days without appointment booking at Soite’s children’s hospital (lasten sairaala) for children aged 5 to 11 on Tuesday 18th of January from 4 pm to 7 pm and on Saturday 22nd of January from 10 am to 3 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)

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?

  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 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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