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14.10.2021

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs on the 14th of Octo­ber 2021

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day Octo­ber 14th 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area. So far this week, 40 new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is cur­rent­ly 133/100.000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area. So far this week, cir­ca 800 coro­n­avirus tests have been tak­en and 4% of the tests are pos­i­tive. Two COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

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. The effec­tive­ness of the vac­ci­na­tions is clear when look­ing at the cur­rent epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion, as the infec­tions are con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. The risks asso­ci­at­ed with the vac­cine are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er than those asso­ci­at­ed with coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Link: Infor­ma­tion about the coro­n­avirus vaccination

Those who are still 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.

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.

Vac­ci­na­tions

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.

There has been a clear increase in the num­ber of peo­ple who have come to get vac­ci­nat­ed! Every vac­cine takes us clos­er to reach­ing an 80% vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age. By tak­ing the vac­cine, you can pro­tect not only your­self but also others.

The aim is to increase vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age in the Soite area by bring­ing vac­ci­na­tions clos­er to the pub­lic and mak­ing them more eas­i­ly avail­able. Soite will vis­it Kokko­la ice rink Fri­day 15th of Octo­ber from 6 pm to 8.30 pm dur­ing a Her­mes game to vac­ci­nate vis­i­tors who wish to be vaccinated.

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions will now main­ly be 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/

First, sec­ond and third dos­es will be 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.

It is impor­tant to take the sec­ond dose of the vac­cine to strength­en the pro­tec­tive effect of the vac­cine against both the orig­i­nal coro­n­avirus strain and the virus muta­tions.   The sec­ond dose also ensures that the pro­tec­tive effect lasts as long as pos­si­ble. Fin­land aims for an 80% vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age for the sec­ond vac­ci­na­tion dose so that the soci­ety can be opened up safe­ly. The sec­ond dose can be giv­en when at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.

A third dose is cur­rent­ly avail­able to severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised per­sons aged 12 and old­er and to social and health care per­son­nel who received the first dose of the vac­cine with a short inter­val of 3 to 4 weeks dur­ing the begin­ning of the year.

An appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion may still be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ or via the sec­re­tary of the vac­ci­na­tion cen­tral, phone 040 804 2821 Mon­day-Fri­day 12 noon — 3 pm or by phone via your local health centre.

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.

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.

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