Testing THL updated guidelines for applying for a corona test: a fully vaccinated person usually does not need to go for the test if they get the usual symptoms of a viral infection

THL still recommends testing for those who are fully vaccinated, for example, if they have been exposed to the coronavirus. Hospital districts may have different guidelines for applying for tests than the THL recommendation, for example due to the regional epidemic situation.

Health and Welfare (THL) updated on Monday instructions on when to apply for a corona test.

According to the new guideline, a person who receives two doses of coronary vaccine usually does not need to go for the test, even if he or she has the usual symptoms of a viral infection, such as a headache, fever, or runny nose.

Instead, those who have not been vaccinated at all or who have received a single dose of vaccine should apply for the test as a symptom.

The new guide is based on the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s testing strategy, which was updated in September and is a recommendation to regional health authorities.

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Many hospital districts, municipalities and regional corona coordination groups tightened their test criteria as early as August – September.

Weekly corona test numbers across the country have roughly halved from the figures at the end of August.

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Exposed to coronavirus

To the test application is recommended for anyone who has been exposed to the coronavirus and is experiencing symptoms – including those who have been fully vaccinated.

In certain situations, it is a good idea for someone who has been exposed to the coronavirus to apply for the test asymptomatically.

It is recommended that an exposed asymptomatic person apply for the test if he or she has not been vaccinated or has received only one dose of the vaccine. Admission to the test is also recommended for an exposed full vaccine with less than one week of the second dose and less than two weeks of exposure.

A test is recommended for an asymptomatic exposed person even if the exposed person belongs group for which a third dose of vaccine is recommended, but he has not yet received his third dose.

Patients with symptoms consistent with coronary infection who do not have full vaccine protection

For coronavirus infection for a person with appropriate symptoms, it is recommended to apply for the test if the symptomatic is unvaccinated or has received only one dose of vaccine.

The test is also recommended for those who have had coronavirus disease more than six months ago but have not received a coronary vaccine.

The symptomatic should also apply for the test if he or she belongs group for which a third dose of vaccine is recommended, but has not yet received its third dose.

Fully vaccinated with symptoms of coronavirus infection

Usually a fully vaccinated person does not need to apply for the test even if he or she has mild symptoms consistent with coronary heart disease. However, it is recommended that those who receive two doses of the vaccine apply for the test if less than a week has elapsed since the second dose.

Applying for the test is also recommended for those who have been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus in the previous two weeks.

The test is also recommended for those fully vaccinated who live in a care and nursing unit for the elderly or who work in the social and health sector in nursing or care work.

Also at risk of severe coronary heart disease are recommended to apply for the test if they have symptoms consistent with coronary heart disease.

The symptomatic should also apply for the test if he or she belongs group for which a third dose of vaccine is recommended, but has not yet received its third dose.

Changes not made for children’s corona test instructions. THL: n recommendation according to a child under the age of 12 mild symptoms can be monitored at home without testing.

The symptoms are mild if the child is refreshed and able to play and play, even if he has a runny nose, cough and fever.

Hospital districts may still have guidelines for applying for tests that deviate from the THL recommendation, for example due to the regional epidemic situation.

An infectious disease physician in a municipality or hospital district may also, at his or her discretion, decide to test differently from the THL recommendation.

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