Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs: the epi­dem­ic sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 23rd 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of infection

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion is still seri­ous in the Soite area. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or have only recent­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed. The inci­dence rate for the region over the last 14 days is cur­rent­ly 90/100,000 inhab­i­tants. Two COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hospital.

Those who are not vac­ci­nat­ed 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:
  • 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 — the vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age still needs to improve in the youngest age groups

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.

In the youngest age groups (per­sons aged 12 to 30), the vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age is not yet close to the tar­get of 80%, and thus the region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group rec­om­mend­ed in their mes­sage pub­lished yes­ter­day that social gath­er­ings should be avoid­ed espe­cial­ly among per­sons who belong to the younger age groups, where coro­n­avirus infec­tions are cur­rent­ly are most prevalent.

The aim is to increase vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age in the Soite area by bring­ing vac­ci­na­tions clos­er to the pub­lic and mak­ing them more eas­i­ly avail­able. This week Soite is vac­ci­nat­ing the pop­u­la­tion e.g. 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. On Mon­day next week, Soite will arrange walk-in coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions at Koivuha­ka health sta­tion in the evening, from 4 pm to 7 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, 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 coro­n­avirus strain and the virus muta­tions.  The sec­ond dose also ensures that the pro­tec­tive effect lasts as long as possible.

A third dose is cur­rent­ly avail­able to severe­ly immuno­com­pro­mised per­sons aged 12 and old­er and 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 be booked online on 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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