HELSINKI, 21 October – 76% of Finland’s population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus, 85% received the first dose of the vaccine, the country’s Ministry of Social Health said on Thursday.
“Eighty-five percent of Finland’s target population for COVID-19 vaccination, that is, people aged 12 and over, received at least one dose of vaccine, and 76% received two doses of the vaccine. Current estimates indicate that 80% vaccination coverage can be achieved. by the first week of November, if the growth of vaccination does not slow down, “- said in the message.
Over the past two weeks, unvaccinated people aged 12 to 79 with COVID-19 received specialized medical care 19 times more often than people of the same age group who were vaccinated twice. The risk of seeking specialized care was highest among unvaccinated people aged 50-79. The risk for them is 28 times higher than for people of the same age group who were vaccinated twice, experts say.
The incidence of COVID-19 over the past two weeks was 137 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. This is about 10% more than in the previous two-week period, when the incidence was 124 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. Over the past two weeks, the incidence has been highest in Finland among unvaccinated people aged 12 to 49 years.
As of October 20, 2021, the total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 registered in the registry of infectious diseases amounted to 1,133 for the entire time of the pandemic, the ministry said.