Soite’s coronavirus task group informs: the epidemic situation has deteriorated in the area
Soite’s coronavirus task group gathered on Thursday September 16th 2021 to evaluate the regional situational picture.
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation has deteriorated further in the Soite area. This week, 19 new coronavirus infections have already been identified and the incidence rate for the region over the last 14 days is currently 86/100,000 inhabitants. Soite’s infection tracking unit is currently very busy.
The list of possible places of exposure has been updated with the following information.
- September 8th and 9th Cafe Eden 10:00 am to 10:40 am
- September 13th Lidl Intiaanikylä 7 pm to 8 pm
- The gym at Kokkola sports hall (Urheilutalo) September 13th 11 am to 12 noon, September 14th 4 pm to 5 pm and September 15th 2 pm to 3 pm
- September 14th Kitinvapari gym Kannus 6 pm to 7 pm
Coronavirus infections are currently occurring among those who have not been vaccinated or have only recently been vaccinated. The coronavirus epidemic is by no means over, although restrictions are being relaxed nationwide as the vaccination coverage increases. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated. The vaccine itself is associated with significantly lower risks than a coronavirus infection.
Those who are not vaccinated should seek out coronavirus testing immediately even if they only 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.
In order 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 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 — next week vaccinations will also be done at shopping centres
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. Currently, more people are receiving their second dose than their first dose, and the coronavirus task group is concerned about the slow rise in vaccination coverage.
The aim is to increase the vaccination coverage in the Soite area by bringing vaccinations closer to the public and making them more easily available. Next week, Soite will begin vaccinating the population at Prisma in Kokkola Thursday 23rd of September from 9 am to 3 pm and at Kokkola Citymarket Friday 24th of September 9 am to 3 pm.
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 first 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 as well as second 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.
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.
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.