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: 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.
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: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/
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 https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ 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?
- 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.