Increased workload at the hospital — the task group’s appeal to the residents: “Take the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible”
Soite’s coronavirus task group informs on the 7th of October 2021
Soite’s coronavirus task group gathered on Thursday October 7th 2021 to evaluate the regional situational picture.
The current situation of infection
The coronavirus situation is still very serious in the Soite area. The need for hospital care has increased significantly this week and six COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at Central Ostrobothnia central hospital.
Soite’s coronavirus task group strongly encourages those residents in the region who are not yet vaccinated to take the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. The coronavirus epidemic causes a significant workload for the health care services and may in worst case delay the treatment of other illnesses. The epidemic situation affects all of Soite’s activities, not just the central hospital’s. The society is opening up, but the coronavirus is not disappearing.
The effectiveness of the vaccinations is clear when looking at the current epidemic situation, as the infections are concentrated to those who have not been vaccinated or have only recently been vaccinated. It is significantly safer to encounter the coronavirus if you are vaccinated. The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare also warns about the risk that unvaccinated persons may end up needing hospital care:
“The risk of hospitalization for the unvaccinated is many times higher than for those who have been fully vaccinated, and the risk of hospitalization for unvaccinated people aged 50–79 is up to 18 times higher.
In addition, preliminary data suggests that the risk of dying from the coronavirus is many times higher for unvaccinated people as compared to those who have received two vaccine doses. Based on data from September the risk is seven times higher.”
The institute recommends that unvaccinated people avoid situations where there is a high risk of coronavirus infection.
It is a good idea for unvaccinated people to avoid high-risk situations since they have a significantly higher risk of being hospitalized because of serious illness as compared to those who have received a full series of vaccinations. For example, participating in the night life without the proper protection of a coronavirus vaccination is currently risky,” says Otto Helve, the institute’s chief physician.
Additional information in THL’s message (in Finnish).
14 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Soite’s area during this week. Coronavirus infections are concentrated to young adults who have not been vaccinated or have only recently been vaccinated. The incidence of coronavirus infections in the Soite area during 14 days is currently 93/100.000 citizens.
The list of possible exposures has been updated! Coronavirus exposures may have occurred in the following places:
- 4th of October 8 pm to 8.30 pm Lidl Intiaanikylä, Kokkola
- 5th of October4 pm to 5 pm Prisma, Kokkola
Those who are still unvaccinated 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.
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.
The aim is to increase vaccination coverage in the Soite area by bringing vaccinations closer to the public and making them more easily available. The vaccinations will be continued in the shopping centres in the area: Kokkola Citymarket Saturday 9th of October 9 am to 1 pm and Prisma in Kokkola Saturday 9th of October 2 pm to 6 pm. Furthermore, Soite will give vaccinations at Hermes’ game on October 15th.
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 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 original coronavirus strain and the virus mutations. The second dose also ensures that the protective effect lasts as long as possible. Finland aims for an 80% vaccination coverage for the second vaccination dose so that the society can be opened up safely. The second dose can be given when at least six weeks have passed since the first vaccination.
A third dose is currently available to severely immunocompromised persons aged 12 and older and to 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.