THL: Unvaccinated people 33 times more likely to need ICU treatment

Finland's vaccination coverage has slowed over the past week as authorities registered a record high number of daily cases on Thursday.

There are currently 299 people receiving hospital care in Finland for the virus, of whom 38 are in IC units. Image: Antti Eintola / Yle

Unvaccinated individuals are 33 times more likely to require intensive care unit (ICU) treatment than double-jabbed people, and 19 times more likely to need hospital care, according to figures released on Thursday by public health authority THL.

The data, published during the weekly coronavirus briefing jointly hosted by THL and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on Thursday morning, further revealed that the number of unvaccinated people currently receiving hospital care in Finland is disproportionately high.

Some 14 percent of the population of the country are currently unvaccinated, yet they account for about 70 percent of patients being treated in hospitals for the virus.

Double-jabbed people also require hospital care, at least to some extent, THL added. However, most of these patients have an underlying condition that affects their health. A third booster dose is being rolled out for this particularly vulnerable group.

Vaccination coverage slowing, infections rising

Finland's vaccination rate has slowed in recent weeks, according to THL and health ministry data, noting that the number of first and second doses administered last week was especially low.

Meanwhile, infections are spreading as people are meeting in larger groups.

THL registered some 5,900 coronavirus infections last week, a record weekly high and an increase from about 5,100 the previous week.

The infection rate is increasing in almost every region of Finland, and more than half of the country's hospital districts are now considered to be in the spreading phase of the epidemic.

There are still about 671,000 unvaccinated people over the age of 12 years.

Record high number of infections on Thursday

Shortly after the conclusion of the Thursday morning press conference, THL confirmed that 1,259 new lab-confirmed coronavirus cases had been registered over the past 24 hours.

This is the highest number of daily cases reported throughout the entire Covid epidemic.

Finland's overall total number of infections since the beginning of the epidemic now stands at 173,632.

The authority also reported 10 further deaths linked to the virus since yesterday, bringing Finland's toll from the virus to 1,246.

There are also currently 299 people receiving hospital care for the virus, of whom 38 are in intensive care units.