Editorial Vaccinations determine how well the coronavirus gets under control

The pace of vaccination should not slow down, as it is the most effective way to prevent serious illnesses and new restrictive measures.

Coronavirus pandemic at the beginning, hardly anyone could guess how long it would take. The pandemic with its restrictive measures has been exhaustingly long so far. Therefore, it is no wonder that coronary fatigue is spreading.

This may also be one of the reasons why the pace of vaccination in Finland and elsewhere in Europe seems to have somewhat slowed down during the summer. Evening News news on Tuesday that young adults in particular have taken fewer vaccines than expected during the summer. According to the study, regional differences were large.

However, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is not concerned about the situation. In July, fewer vaccines were received in Finland than before, which may partly explain the decline. Summer vacations are certainly also one explanation.

Hopefully, the situation will improve during the fall, as vaccination is still the most effective way to fight the virus. Adequate vaccination coverage ensures that heavy containment is no longer required.

Coronavirus infections The number has increased alarmingly in Finland during the summer, but the situation is quite different from during previous infection peaks. Serious illness mainly affects those who have not been vaccinated or who have received only one dose of the vaccine.

Corona deaths will no longer be at the same rate as at the beginning of the pandemic, as the oldest age groups have already received two vaccinations.

Even at the beginning of the pandemic, it was estimated that vaccinations could be started sometime in a year or two. However, the vaccines were available in record time. The protection they provide against serious coronary heart disease has proved its worth. Adverse reactions are reported to be mild.

From the world however, there are already indications that vaccination does not completely prevent the spread of the virus in the population. Even a vaccinated person can become infected and spread the virus.

It is essential, however, that the vaccinated person does not become seriously ill and is not in danger of death. Unvaccinated, on the other hand, can still become seriously ill and end up in intensive care.

In Iceland, 93 per cent of people over the age of 16 have already been vaccinated, but the virus is still spreading there as well. So it seems that vaccinations don’t offer complete herd immunity either. It is therefore dangerous to lull yourself into believing that the pandemic is over.

Instead of looking at the number of infections, the focus must be on the number of people vaccinated, as this is essential, especially when assessing the need for hospital treatment.

Pandemian at various stages, the actions of the authorities and politicians have been praised and criticized. The coronavirus surprised everyone, and there were no ready-made models of action. Mistakes have been made, and hopefully lessons have been learned.

At this stage of the pandemic, it is particularly important for citizens to take responsibility for vaccinating. Only in this way will life with the virus become more manageable. Schoolchildren, cultural workers and many other groups of people have already suffered disproportionately from coronavirus restrictions.

Vaccination ease of promoting vaccinations. Vaccination points offered without an appointment have proven to work. It is also good to remember that a large proportion of those at work cannot go vaccination during the working day. Therefore, it is a good idea to offer times for vaccinations in the evenings and on weekends.

As the name implies, the coronavirus pandemic is global. The virus is ubiquitous and cannot be removed. Therefore, international cooperation to obtain vaccines in poor countries is in the interests of everyone – including Finns.

The editorials are HS’s statements on a topical issue. The writings are prepared by the editorial staff of HS and reflect the magazine principle.



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