“So yes, vaccines still provide good protection, even if it’s not perfect.”
At a press conference by THL and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on Thursday, Salminen highlighted the differences between vaccinated and non-vaccinated risk profiles.
According to him, the risk of being admitted to hospital due to the disease is currently – both in absolute and relative terms – highest among unvaccinated young adults and middle-aged people. Vaccine hospitalizations, in turn, target the elderly with immunodeficiency and possibly other underlying diseases.
The differences are proof of the effectiveness of the vaccines, Salminen claimed.
He estimates that unvaccinated people using coronavirus passport services currently have the highest risk of getting the virus.
“Using the service based on an exam [result] means you run a high risk of getting the virus from someone else who has been tested negative for some reason, even if they are contagious. “
His views on the usefulness of the passport were shared Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director for Strategic Affairs in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
“The use of a coronavirus passport has a bilateral purpose. On the one hand, it allows society to be kept open to those primarily vaccinated and, on the other hand, it reduces the risk of events without protection. [of vaccines],” he said.
Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday pointed out In Finland, almost 9,400 new coronavirus infections were reported from November 29 to December 5, which means a 100 percent jump from the turn of October to November. The number of infections reported yesterday, 1,781, was the highest one day after the outbreak.
The virus has also entered the parliament building. Thursday’s reports revealed more than 20 people, including lawmakers and parliamentary officials, have been ordered to be isolated due to exposure to the virus.
Pertti Rauhio, Administrative Director of Parliament, said the timing of the revelation is particularly challenging as lawmakers are not yet discussing next year’s draft budget and final bills for the year. The adoption of the draft budget alone could, he said, require up to hundreds of votes next week and the following week.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page