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:
  • 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:

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?

  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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