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The Health Board comments on the Karjaküla social centre case: the vaccine has prevented a serious instance of Covid-19

At the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus, patients who had been hospitalised from care homes formed almost twenty percent of all coronavirus cases. Fortunately the vaccination programme has now taken their share of cases down almost to one percent. The death statistics were even sadder, with almost half of those coronavirus patients who died with the virus being residents of care homes or social centres. Now, though, clients of social welfare institutions only form between three to eight percent of all deaths.

Mari-Anne Härma, deputy director-general of the Health Board, confirmed that the vaccination programme has lowered the total number of cases in the welfare system, along with the number of serious cases, and also the number of deaths. ‘A recently-discovered outbreak at the Karjaküla social centre clearly shows that the vaccine has helped to stop the destructive course of the virus. The majority of individuals in the centre who were part of any risk groups have not fallen ill. Remarkably, although they tested positive, they have not developed any symptoms. The majority are carrying the virus asymptomatically. Some individuals who have tested positive have a low fever or a mild head cold, and are experiencing some degree of weakness. In three cases, the temperature of the patient in question has risen a little higher than normal, but all of this is insignificant when compared to the picture which we were witnessing before the vaccination programme was launched,’ explained Härma.

According to Mari-Anne Härma, vaccination generally also protects individuals from becoming infected at all, but the main aim of the immunisation programme is to stop the destruction caused by the virus within risk groups such as this one. ‘The ability of the virus to transmit via immunised individuals, and whether or not the virus was passed on by a vaccinated individual, could still be dangerous for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated, and this is an area which still needs to be studied. The example offered by Karjaküla at least allows the conclusion to be reached that, although the virus has spread, serious consequences have so far been prevented,’ said Härma.

As of today, forty-four cases have been found in the Karjaküla social centre, of whom thirty-nine are clients and five are employees. A total of 76.4% of the clients and 60% of employees have been fully vaccinated. No one has required hospitalisation.

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