On this page you will find information on the coronavirus and the epidemic from the perspective of the Wellbeing services county of Southwest Finland.
The Hospital District delivers the majority of vaccines upon arrival to the municipalities in southwest Finland, which are responsible for performing the vaccinations. In southwest Finland, the number of vaccine doses distributed to the municipalities according to nationally defined criteria.
Vaccinations are given in accordance with the Government decree and THL's draft vaccination schedule. The data of the vaccinations given are reported compiledly in the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) vaccination register, which also shows the progress of vaccinations in Southwest Finland.
Recommendations for Southwest Finland
- The extensive recommendation for working remotely has ended nationwide and was also dismantled in Southwest Finland as of 1 March 2022.
- Workplaces are encouraged to use workplace-specific hybrid models to maintain work communities' own capacity.
The recommendation for face masks was eased on 1.6.2023:
Patients or their companions are not required to wear face masks when visiting Varha's hospitals or other health care units. This also applies to those living in Varha's care units or visitors to these units. However, visitors to the units are required to be free of symptoms of a respiratory infection.
A person with symptoms suggestive of a coronavirus infection should not go to any social or health care facility, even if he or she has already received two or three doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
- Social work units
- It is important to pay special attention to safe visiting practices, regardless of the vaccination status of the residents, staff and visitors.
- Wards in health centres
- It is important to pay special attention to safe visiting practices, regardless of the vaccination status of patients, staff and visitors.
- See also visiting Tyks hospitals during the coronavirus epidemic.
In the academic year 2022–2023, early childhood education, preschool education, primary school, upper secondary schools, vocational education, higher education, liberal adult education and basic education in arts will be organized in accordance with the legislation under normal conditions. The temporary legal changes enacted for the academic years 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 due to the coronavirus situation are no longer valid.
In the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, we go by the Finnish institute for health and welfare's (THL) directions about the corona vaccine. According to the directions, the following persons are now being given the booster dose of the corona vaccine:
- persons aged 12 or over with a severely weakened immune defence
- persons aged 65 or over
- persons aged 18-64 in at-risk groups.
Coronavirus tests etc.
The result of the coronavirus test is usually reported from the Tyks laboratory within 1-2 days of sampling. Samples are analyzed every day of the week. The completion of samples taken outside Turku is also affected by transport schedules.
As a rule, the answer comes by text message from the party from whom the referral for sampling was received. The test result is also reported in the Omakanta service. If the response is delayed by more than two days, it is advisable to contact the party from whom the referral was made.
- See also children and coronavirus (THL).
- The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) follows the epidemic closely and posts updated information on these pages:
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland ceased operations on 24.1.2023.