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07.10.2021

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.

Vac­ci­na­tions

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?

  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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