The HS asked the positions of the chairmen of the parliamentary groups for four different corona actions.
The metropolitan area, Pirkanmaa and Varsinais-Suomi have entered the worst phase of the coronavirus epidemic, ie the regional health authorities decided on Tuesday.
Although the number of infections has increased in Finland in recent days, the number of hospital admissions has not increased as fast. At least 66 percent of Finns have already received at least the first coronary vaccination.
Due to the changed situation, the government is expected to update the strategy guiding Finland’s corona measures. Government will meet on Thursday to discuss the situation. The actual decisions on the new interest rate strategy are scheduled for mid-August.
HS explained positions of parliamentary parties on four issues related to the fight against the corona epidemic. The HS asked the chairmen of the parliamentary groups for their views.
Many of them were negative about tightening restrictions.
The introduction of the corona passport was supported, at least with reservations, by a majority of parties. It would allow those affected, vaccinated or tested to enter events, for example.
The transition of schools to distance education was rejected by the leaders of the parliamentary groups.
HS also asked whether extensive infection tracing should be abandoned.
Director of the Health Safety Department of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) Mika Salminen anticipates In an interview with Ilta-Sanomat on Tuesday that the need for infection control should be considered after a couple of months when vaccine coverage is good enough. Infection surveillance now accounts for a large share of health care resources, and tracing is congested.
However, several leaders of the parliamentary group still consider tracing necessary.
Should restrictions be tightened now and if so, what?
Sdp, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group Antti Lindtman:
No. “Now the most important thing is that everyone applies for the vaccine in their own turn and, if possible, also bring forward the allotted vaccination time. If the disease situation deteriorates further and the carrying capacity of health care threatens to be strained, regional restrictions, for example, cannot be ruled out. ”
Ps, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group Ville Tavio:
No. “If the vaccine is effective, restrictions will not be necessary when vaccine protection for at-risk groups begins to be comprehensive.”
Coalition Party, Sari Sarkomaa, 1st Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Group:
I can not say. “The government should now make an updated snapshot. However, the priority should be to ensure that restrictions are not tightened. It is serious that as infections continue to increase, we expect the government to assess the situation and act accordingly. The government has a responsibility to lead the country. The opposition is not in a position to comment on the details of the epidemic’s management, as we do not have the government’s knowledge of the whole. ”
Center, Juha Pylväs, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group:
No. “Vaccine coverage is the a and o of everything and should be raised. Restrictive measures should gradually be released and society opened up. Currently, the spread of the disease is more in the direction of nightclubs, so if some restrictions are desired, the target is more in that direction. ”
Greens, Emma Kari, Chair of the Parliamentary Group:
I can not say. “Restrictions need to be assessed on the basis of the best expert knowledge, taking into account not only medical but also other societal implications. The government must assess the situation and the need for possible restrictions soon. ”
Left Alliance, Paavo Arhinmäki, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group:
No. “The most important thing now is to increase vaccine coverage and take care of basic instructions, i.e. hand hygiene, mask use and safety intervals. Although the infection rates are far too high, at the same time they do not affect hospital capacity in the same way as before. ”
Christian Democrats, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group Päivi Räsänen:
Possibly. “Infections seem to spread at major events where drugs are also used, making it harder to take care of health safety. If restrictions have to be increased, they should start from here. ”
RKP, Anders Adlercreutz, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group:
I can not say. “In terms of restrictions, we have gone according to the best available health information, and certainly in the future. These are generally decided on a regional basis. ”
Movement Now, Harry Harkimo, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group:
No. “Only if the need for hospital care starts to rise from this, some kind of decisions have to be made. Meters like the spread phase are a completely outdated way to measure a coronary crisis because when these were set, there were no vaccinations and so on. Restrictions cannot be made according to old indicators. ”
Should an corona passport be introduced in Finland?
Yes. “Yes, if and when legal issues, such as those related to fundamental rights and equality, and other relevant issues can first be clarified and resolved. However, basic public services or essential services, such as visits to a grocery store or a pharmacy, should not be placed behind a passport. ”
No. “I am not in favor of an internal corona passport, that is, only the admission of vaccinated people to any chosen place. Without underestimating the dangers of the corona, I consider the potential harm of introducing such a classification of citizens to be greater than the visible benefits of using a corona passport. ”
Yes. “With a passport, we can tame the epidemic at the same time, but keep society open. It is also important that we protect the right to work and work. ”
Yes, with reservations. “Our position has been cautiously positive. A passport is proof that you have taken two vaccines, not its bigger thing. Consideration should also be given to adding a negative test result to the passport, while ensuring that individual or constitutional rights are not violated. ”
Yes. “It can avoid restrictions and ensure that you can participate in events safely, for example. At the same time, the cultural and event sector is maintained. ”
Yes, with reservations. “Fundamental and equality issues related to passports need to be clarified urgently. The passport also requires a different type of testing premise, where tests are available free of charge easily and quickly without an appointment. ”
No. “A corona passport would mean an infringement of individual rights, so the threshold for its use should be kept high. In light of the current hospital and intensive care workload, I would be reluctant to do so. ”
Yes, with reservations. “We are positive about researching and preparing a passport, but a different discussion is what the passport limits or allows. That’s the hard debate. ”
Yes. “The corona passport should definitely be in use already. I cannot understand why it has not been prepared so that it can be introduced quickly if necessary. ”
Should schools be transferred to distance learning?
No. “Corona time has been difficult for many children and young people and has had a negative impact on well-being and learning. It is important that the right to education and student care is safeguarded primarily through contact education, taking care of health safety. If the disease situation worsens further, the transition to distance learning in schools should be a last resort. ”
No. “If the vaccine is effective, restrictions will not be necessary once the vaccine protection of at-risk groups becomes comprehensive. ”
No. “Contact teaching must be a high priority. In addition, it would have been possible, for example, to start vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds in such a way that a large proportion would have been vaccinated before school starts. ”
No. “That’s the last option. The learning outcomes from the previous distance learning have been worrying, so we have to start from the fact that we are in contact with the last one and try all the other measures before the distance learning. ”
No. “Children have already paid a really high price for fighting a pandemic. In a state of education, it must be assumed that schools will be closed last. ”
No. “I agree with the chief physician of THL [Otto Helven] who stated that he saw no reason to start school as distance learning. ”
Not for young children. “Transferring a school for young children, especially primary school, to distance learning should be avoided. In the case of secondary education and, in the case of higher education and spreading areas, also of higher education, distance learning should be encouraged, where appropriate, where it is pedagogically appropriate. ‘
No.“Distance learning has to be a last resort. Now we need to consider and coordinate best practices so that we can return to school safely. ”
No. “Health security can be increased even by being every other week at school and every other home. Vaccinations for young people should now be stepped up, and school health care could provide them. ”
Should extensive infection tracing be abandoned?
No. “The coronavirus is constantly changing and more serious variants may still come.”
En can say. “Experts will certainly be able to tell if there are any more benefits to be seen.”
No. “Yes, tracking is an important part of the strategy. Effective tracking enables, for example, contact teaching and hobbies. ”
No.“Still, traceability is one way to control the disease alongside vaccine coverage.”
No. “Maintaining traceability has been an integral part of managing this pandemic, but of course more attention needs to be shifted to monitoring serious cases of disease.”
I can not say. “It has been essential throughout the pandemic to listen to the views of experts. I have no vision of tracing infections, so to what extent it would be worthwhile and sensible to do so. ”
No. “At the moment, I wouldn’t give up tracking when the corona situation is in a delicate phase. As the situation calms down, it would be possible to monitor health care workload indicators. ”
I can not say. “Tracing has been an important tool in the fight against the coronavirus, on the other hand, the lack of resources is also obvious. The changed nature of cases of disease must also be taken into account. This is on the table of health authorities, not politicians. ”
No. “However, tracing is starting to be difficult, and as the disease spreads among young people, I don’t think tracing is the most important thing right now.”