Tuesday’s Diaries: Vaccination Division, Pet Registry, Nazi Name Error | New
Helsingin Sanomat writes that Finnish health officials continue to favor carrot-batting when it comes to boosting absorption of the coronavirus vaccine.
Helsinki daily Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)asks the question: is society divided into worlds of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated?
As the newspaper points out, despite earlier projections, coronavirus vaccine coverage for the population over 12 had not yet exceeded 80 percent as of Monday. Although the target is likely to be reached in the coming days, it is clear that enthusiasm for the vaccination has waned.
At the same time, HS notes, the number of Covid hospitalizations is climbing to a new pandemic record. The growing need for hospital care is partly explained by the high number of cases among those who are not vaccinated against the virus.
It was believed that vaccination would crush the pandemic, but now Finnish experts believe the pressure on hospitals will continue for years to come. The problem also seems to be that many people, for one reason or another, do not want to be vaccinated.
Helsingin Sanomat therefore wonders if we can find ourselves in a world where compulsory vaccination is required in certain sectors, a strict Covid “passport” is in place, or even confinements imposed on the unvaccinated.
Mika salminen, director of health security at the National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), told the newspaper that he hopes there will be no polarization in society.
“We know that coercion will not solve the problem of slowing vaccination, but can even lead to worsening attitudes,” Salminen said.
“Carrots are always a better option. The starting point should be to share the right information and make it understandable,” he added.
The coronavirus has come to stay, Salminen stressed, and it is also inevitable that the situation will place an additional burden on health care for several years to come.
For this reason, he stressed that there should be a public debate on the continued impact on health resources and on labor shortages in the field. This is a question which concerns not only Finland, but also the rest of Europe.
Ilta-Sanomat tabloid reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that the government consider making microchip and the registration of all cats and dogs mandatory in the next few years.
The plan is included in the government’s proposal for a new animal welfare law, which was circulated for review last week.
To date, neither the chip nor the registration of dogs or cats has been mandatory. Registration of pets with the Kennel Club and the Cat Association is a prerequisite for participating in competitions or shows.
A microchip is required for purebred kittens to be registered with the Cat Association, and it is also possible to register domestic cats in the microchip registry.
Microchip and registration are seen by animal welfare organizations as a partial solution to the “cat crisis”. According to the Finnish Animal Care Association (SEY), it is estimated that at least 20,000 cats are abandoned in Finland each year. It is hoped that the microchip of all cats would drastically reduce that number.
A new law on animal welfare is due to come into force in early 2023. Microchipping and registration of all dogs will be compulsory from the beginning of the same year, and for cats from 2026.
Nazi name error
Swedish daily Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun)notes what he describes as “awkwardness” on the part of officials at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.
On May 27 of this year, the office authorized a company to be called “Oy Arbeit Macht Frei Ltd”.
“Arbeit Macht Frei” is a German expression meaning “Work frees you”, a Nazi slogan best known to appear at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The Patent and Registration Office has now announced that the name was approved in error and has apologized for the error.
“We are sorry. The administrator in question does not speak German and did not remember that the expression was inappropriate,” the office wrote on Twitter.
The company in question still uses the name. The Patent and Registration Office said it was preparing to have it revoked by the Supreme Administrative Court.
Snow, rain and slippery roads
After a wintry start to the week in much of the country, the weather is expected to warm up again from Tuesday. However, the cold is expected to return by the weekend, according to Iltalehti from Helsinki. (siirryt toiseen palveluun).
Snowfall is expected in western and central areas on Tuesday, changing to rain late in the day, with the possibility of storm-level gusts of wind.
There is a warning of dangerous driving conditions all over the country, with the exception of the southern coastal areas. The roads are likely to be slippery, especially in the central and northern areas, as temperatures start to rise.