Soite’s coronavirus task group informs on the 20th of January 2021
Soite’s coronavirus task group gathered on Thursday January 20th 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 996/100,000 residents in the entire Soite area. Three COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital.
There have been changes in the Soite area’s coronavirus infection tracking as well as in the duration of isolation and quarantine and we informed in more detail about these yesterday in the message published January 19th 2022. Infection tracking will now be concentrated to mapping infections confirmed in the social and health care units and medical care institutions. The duration of isolation and quarantine is now 5 days regardless of vaccination protection. The five days will be counted from the day the person was tested.
Home testing is recommended as the primary method in order to confirm a coronavirus infection. Home tests are recommended for anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, a runny nose or a cough. 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
A positive home test result for an adult has to be confirmed within the health care services, if:
- the symptoms are serious
- the person belongs to a risk group
- the person is pregnant
- the person works within the social and health care services
- the person needs a sickness certificate for sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease for themselves or a family member or a result for a coronavirus passport.
A person who has tested positive in Soite will receive a text message with instructions for isolation and home treatment. Read the instructions carefully. Persons aged 60 and older will still be contacted by phone if the test result is positive.
Current instructions are found on Soite’s coronavirus website:
- Instructions for When you Suspect a Coronavirus Infection
- Treating a Coronavirus Infection at Home
- Isolation and quarantine instructions for persons who are infected with or have been exposed to COVID-19
Additionally, a new page for Frequently Asked Questions (currently available in Finnish and Swedish) with additional information about among other things isolation and quarantine has been published on Soite’s coronavirus website. (An English translation is on the way).
To prevent infections it is still important to:
- Stay at home and take a home test if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection.
- 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.
Coronavirus vaccinations are progressing well within Soite’s area and a record amount of vaccinations are being given at the vaccination sites. 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 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 (1 and 2) 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 aged 18 to 59 years 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 a walk-in vaccination day without appointment booking at Soite’s children’s hospital (lastensairaala) for children aged 5 to 11 on Saturday 22nd of January from 10 am to 3 pm. For5-11-year-olds, both parents need to consent to the vaccination before the child can receive the vaccine. Link to the consent form (available in Finnish and Swedish).
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?
- 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.