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January 28, 2021


Glad you were able to get your appointments. I'm content to wait until my pharmacy calls me. Who knows, maybe in the meantime my Dr. will get the vaccine. Also, with the new stronger variant having been found on our shores, maybe by the time I get an injection they will have juiced it up to combat that viral form, or I'll get a vaccine requiring only one shot, if it has a high effectiveness rating. I really don't feel any rush to get vaccinated with everything changing so much and am content to continue following the regimen I have been using.

Here in Germany / EU the government has really screwed up the distribution, so I don't expect to be scheduled until May :-(

Joared--It is good that you are in a place where waiting isn't a hardship. I felt the same way. However, not only was HH obsessing over it, but he is wont to go get his hair cut every few weeks. Since he has reported forgetting to don his mask when he went into a business a couple of weeks ago, I decided that (at least) he needed to be vaccinated soon. It's a fortunate happenstance that we can get both shots during one trip into Wichita. The newer variants really are a worry. Good luck with getting the most current version of vaccine.

Stu--Thanks. It has been fits and starts, over here, and I had misunderstood what was meant when the military (a four-star Army general) was announced as being in charge of distribution. Since the Army has major experience in designing and implementing logistics systems, that seemed a good step. It was...as far as it went. It seems that logistical planning stopped at delivery of vaccine to each state. To go further leads me into politics, into which I do not wish to delve.

Like most states and counties in the USA, my own have stumbled around a bit and are hampered for its having taken so long to get more than a day or two's heads up when vaccine was heading our way. We used to call it piss poor prior planning.

In Kansas, the state can’t really tell the counties how to run their programs. Each county has its own way of doing things. For instance: Sedgwick County decrees the minimum age, now, to be 80 (was 83). They have also decreed that one must produce proof of residence (or, for healthcare workers, employment) within the county to qualify. The state health director had discouraged people from hopping county lines to get shots, but had said that it was permissible. The wrinkles are slowly getting worked out and, soon, I expect the system to be functioning "as a well-oiled machine."

I'll add that HH & I worked with some of these folks (both county and state) during our Red Cross work. Every second year there was an exercise including setting up a field distribution center in the Wichita area for giving shots (not to the scale that COVID requires, but the contacts were established/nurtured). Red Cross healthcare workers helped track “patients” for shots and for treatments that the simulated disaster required.

Glad you got your appointments!

Originally NH had said that anyone that owns property in NH could sign up. But that got changed fairly quickly to a residency requirement - except for front line workers, medical, fire, police etc. that work in NH.

Most of NH is within easy driving distance of a huge amount of people from MA that would be more than happy to receive some of the state's allocated doses (14,000 per week).

Bogie--Your state's weekly allotment of COVID shots happens to equal the number of doses that Sedgwick County Health Department has given out (14,032 to date). For some reason, the county's dashboard doesn't include numbers for doses given in hospitals and skilled nursing homes. The age 80-and-above population is about 21,000 (total county population is about 520,000.) It is well that NH amended their policy to requiring residency or, as you imply, you would be overrun by Maniacs.

Let's hope that everyone gets their shots soon to stamp out the virus before it mutates beyond the scope of our mediations and vaccines. The morning news said that "they" are starting trials with children. (I think that was for ages 12-16, but I was still half asleep when the report came over my radio, so don't bet on it.)

Yay! I have mine tomorrow too.

Our numbers include the doses for essential workers. NH just opened enrollment to those that are not front line workers or residents of group living (nursing homes and the like). Most of our casualties, I believe around 85%, have been in the group/assisted living areas, so I can't disagree with the policy.

With a population of 1.3 Million people, I figure it will be close to 2022 before I'm even eligible - not being over 60 or having any co-morbidities. Not that I need to be in a huge hurry to get the shot anyway - I am at home 24/7 except the short time I go to the the grocery store. I also need to be watched since I had the reaction to the pneumonia shot, so I'm more than happy to wait until I can get it at the Dr. office instead of a mass inoculation site. Maybe by that time the J&J single shot vaccine will be out.

I think if the opportunity comes up for an individual to readily get vaccinated they should take advantage of it.

Bogie--Let's hope that vaccination rates get ramped up so that you don't have that long to wait. It's the pits that you are not a sickie - lol.

Joared--That's what "the doctors" are telling us. They are saying not to wait around - according to spots on radio, TV, newspaper.

BTW: Fortunately, we had a gorgeous (if slightly cool) day to be waiting in line to get into the arena where the shots were administered. HH was in line for 40 minutes before he got into the door and I was in line for a little less. Before I got into the door, HH called me to tell me that, instead of going to the car, he would stay in the "recovery" area until I came for him.

I had expected the performance part of the arena to be used; but, only one little arc of the access outer ring was used. We went in through a door, had our temperatures checked (wrist IR), had our paperwork checked, and put into a line that, shortly, led us to about 10 small tables/chairs set up for administration of the shots. A psychologist with whom we had worked in the Red Cross ushered me to a table for my shot, telling me, "We took care of your husband a bit ago."

I found HH and after a few minutes we went to the car (he could not have found it by himself because he was a bit disoriented - the car was first-in-line parked along a street that dead-ends at the street on which the arena is situated, but we went out a different door than the ingress one.)

About six hours after reaching home, we each developed a soreness in the shoulder muscle into which the shot had been injected; but, so far, that's it - and the ache had pretty well gone away by morning.

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