HUS begins publishing vaccination status of hospitalised Covid patients

"The unvaccinated coronavirus patients have a critical significance in the viability of the healthcare system," HUS' Acting Chief Medical Officer Jari Petäjä said.

Meilahti Tower Hospital, file photo taken March 2021. Image: Matti Myller / Yle

Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) has started publishing the vaccination status of Covid-19 patients who have received hospital treatment for the illness.

The information (siirryt toiseen palveluun) — presented as the proportion of patients who have had a one, two or no doses of a Covid vaccine — will be updated on a weekly basis on Tuesdays.

Urging everyone to get vaccinated against Covid, HUS noted that there were still around 455,000 people in the district who have not yet received a single vaccine dose.

"The unvaccinated coronavirus patients have a critical significance in the viability of the healthcare system. We have accumulated a considerable amount of care debt throughout the epidemic," HUS' Acting Chief Medical Officer Jari Petäjä said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Covid hospitalisations affect other patients

Meanwhile, HUS reported that the number of people with Covid-19 requiring hospitalisation in the district has increased.

Most of these people are not vaccinated against the illness, but there are increasing numbers of fully vaccinated Covid patients being hospitalised.

As of Tuesday 5 October, 2020, there were 41 Covid patients receiving hospital care at HUS, 11 of which were in intensive care.

Petäjä said that the large number of Covid patients needing care was affecting the treatment of other patients not suffering from the contagious disease.

"We are striving to move Covid patents who need ICU treatment to other hospital districts, but if that effort is unsuccessful we will be compelled to move scheduled surgeries of other patients to other facilities in the HUS region, if they require intensive care after their procedures," Petäjä said