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.
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: 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.
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: https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ 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: 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 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?
- 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.