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22.12.2021

The Num­ber of Coro­n­avirus Cas­es is Increas­ing in Soite’s Area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs on the 22nd of Decem­ber 2021

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Wednes­day 22nd of Decem­ber 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture. Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group has its next meet­ing on Wednes­day 5th of Jan­u­ary 2022. The group will also gath­er for a meet­ing if need­ed, if the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion demands it.

The Cur­rent Sit­u­a­tion of Infection

The coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic is seri­ous in Soite’s area and the num­ber of cas­es has begun to increase rapid­ly. At the moment, the inci­dence is 205/100 000 cit­i­zens in 14 days. 157 coro­n­avirus infec­tions have been con­firmed in the last 14 days. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are still main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have not received a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions. Sev­en COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hos­pi­tal. Three of them are in inten­sive care.

The region­al COVID-19 group of author­i­ties also had a meet­ing today and it still clas­si­fied Soite’s area as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion. Read the bul­letin from the group of author­i­ties. All the region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/  

Pre­vent­ing Infections

We con­tin­ue to empha­size the impor­tance of a com­plete vac­ci­na­tion series. The coro­n­avirus is not going away and it is very dif­fi­cult to avoid the ill­ness in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. We strong­ly encour­age those res­i­dents in the region who are not yet vac­ci­nat­ed to take the coro­n­avirus vac­cine as soon as possible! 

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 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.

Let’s Cel­e­brate Christ­mas Safe­ly with Regards to the Coro­n­avirus! Acquaint your­self with Soite’s rec­om­men­da­tions for Christ­mas and New Year’s cel­e­bra­tions: https://korona.soite.fi/en/christmas-and-new-year/

Vac­ci­na­tions

The Finnish Gov­ern­ment decid­ed on Wednes­day 22nd of Decem­ber that coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are extend­ed to all chil­dren aged 5–11 (more infor­ma­tion in the bul­letin by the Min­istry of Social Affairs and Health). Soite is pre­pared to extend vac­ci­na­tions to all 5–11-year-olds with­in a tight sched­ule. Vac­ci­na­tions are main­ly done on appoin­ments at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion cen­trals on a so called “children’s line”. We will give infor­ma­tion about the specifics later. 

In Soite’s area 5–11-year-old chil­dren who belong to a med­ical risk group are vac­ci­nat­ed with­out appoint­ment book­ing on cer­tain days between Christ­mas and New Year at Soite’s Chil­drens Hos­pi­tal (las­ten sairaala) and with appoint­ment book­ing on cer­tain days in Jan­u­ary at some of Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion cen­trals. We empha­size that these vac­ci­na­tions are pri­mar­i­ly meant for chil­dren who belong to risk groups. More infor­ma­tion in the bul­letin that was pub­lished on the 20th of Decem­ber 2021.

The coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions of the cit­i­zens are, over­all, pro­gress­ing well in Soite’s area. Cit­i­zens are now par­tic­u­lar­ly active in tak­ing third vac­cine doses.

In accor­dance with rec­om­men­da­tion from the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL Soite has short­ened the inter­val between the sec­ond and third vac­ci­na­tion (more infor­ma­tion in the bul­letin that was pub­lished on the 20th of Decem­ber).  Per­sons over the age of 60 and per­sons over the age of 18 who belong to med­ical risk groups may receive their third vac­cine dose when at least three months have passed since their sec­ond dose. We allo­cate vac­ci­na­tion resources to risk groups of seri­ous coro­n­avirus dis­esase. This is why the short­er vac­ci­na­tion inter­val will ini­tial­ly apply to per­sons over the age of 60 and risk groups. Younger age groups will get their third vac­ci­na­tion with a short­er inter­val at a lat­er date when the resources make this possible.

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are 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 cen­tral (page in Finnish).

Coro­n­avirus vac­cine recip­i­ents can receive the influen­za vac­cine dur­ing the same vis­it if they wish. More infor­ma­tion on influen­za vac­ci­na­tions can be found on Soite’s web­site (the text is avail­able in Finnish and Swedish).

You can fol­low how the vac­ci­na­tions progress in the area with the help of Soite’s coro­na vac­ci­na­tion indi­ca­tor, which is updat­ed on Mondays.

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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