Soite’s Coro­n­avirus Task group Informs on the 5th of Jan­u­ary 2022

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Wednes­day 5th of Jan­u­ary 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 459/100,000 res­i­dents and dur­ing the past 14 days, 355 cas­es have been confirmed. 

The Cen­tral Ostro­both­n­ian region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group had a meet­ing today in order to assess the region­al coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions. Link: to the author­i­ty task group’s bul­letin.  

The coro­n­avirus task group also dis­cussed deci­sions on quar­an­tine. Deci­sions on quar­an­tine are no longer made in the same extent as before. If a pupil becomes ill, s/he is order to be iso­lat­ed, but the class­mates are not ordered to be quar­an­tined. Instead, they con­tin­ue in con­tact teach­ing as normal. 

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 dis­ease 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! We also empha­size the impor­tance of a com­plete vac­ci­na­tion series. 

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 unvaccinated. 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. 


The coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions of the cit­i­zens are pro­gress­ing well in Soite’s area and the vac­ci­na­tion rate is at a record lev­el at the vac­ci­na­tion sites. Cit­i­zens are now par­tic­u­lar­ly active in tak­ing third vac­cine dos­es. This has at times led to con­ges­tion at Soite’s vac­ci­na­tion sites. We rec­om­mend mak­ing use of the vac­ci­na­tion days in their entire­ty in order to avoid con­ges­tion. The lat­ter part of the vac­ci­na­tion days and the lat­ter part of the week are usu­al­ly calmer at the vac­ci­na­tion sites. A face mask should be worn at the vac­ci­na­tion site and safe dis­tances should be kept. 

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are pro­gress­ing with­in Soite’s area. Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are giv­en as follows: 

  • The vaccinations of the citizens are 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 and 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 under the age of 60 (18 to 59 years old) 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 two months have passed since the second dose. 
  • 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 are arranged by appointment at Soite’s vaccination centrals. Appointments are booked online via Soite’s Omahoito service: or by phone via the child health clinic’s (neuvola) telephone service or by phone via one’s own school nurse. 

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:  

An appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion may still be booked online on 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 health­care 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 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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