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Covid vaccine

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thebighurt posted 12/31/2020 16:00 PM

The vaccinations are just getting started in my county. I guess we don't have the facilities for the deep freeze some need. First is a nursing home where over 10% of their occupancy have passed from COVID and they have brought in staff from all over to cover those sick and in quarantine. Many out. And many others in nursing homes, medical workers and other first responders to get a very limited number of vaccines.

I have a family member who is healthy and uncompromised but old enough to be in the first group after first-line workers, who is screaming she wants her shot so she can continue to do and go wherever she wants!

Although I am also in a later group of 1+ someplace fairly far down that line, I also think it will be next summer at the earliest before I can get the vaccine unless a new administration moves things along. I'm glad that my governor has more common sense and believes in science and the CDC enough to follow the guidelines than what Chrysalis said of her government. Shitshow seems an understatement. I'm sorry those seniors were forced to go to that extreme to have hope of getting vaccinated, only to maybe get the virus or something else instead.

number4 posted 1/4/2021 19:43 PM

My internist, who is an outpatient provider at his hospital, got his first vaccine today. He was thrilled.

In other news, the pharmacist in WI that deliberately sabotaged 500 doses of the vaccine in his hospital last week, and was arrested on several charges, admitted today he is a conspiracy theorist. He believes the vaccine could harm people and change their DNA, so he took it upon himself to keep 500 people from getting it, even if they believed in it. What a moron.

tushnurse posted 1/5/2021 08:32 AM

Still no word on when I will be able to get mine, but good news is 2 of the major healthcare systems here in my area started rounds of the second vaccine yesterday.

I hope to hell they figure this roll out, and start making it available to more than just hospital workers.

Lionne posted 1/5/2021 09:01 AM

I hope this helps the state distribute and administer tests efficiently. It is a logistical nightmare.

HFSSC posted 1/5/2021 10:42 AM

Got my first shot!!

So excited. I finally did something to fight back.

Jeaniegirl posted 1/5/2021 15:11 PM

One thing that is bothering me is the 'privilege' some are exerting to get the virus before their time. Those people are called line-jumpers. For instance, a lawyer I've worked with before - he's 75 and very healthy and still working -- is getting the vaccine this week. Fine. He is in the age group. However, he's wrangled a way for his daughter, a 3-L law student to also get the vaccine when he does. It seems her fiance's dad is a doctor and 'arranged it.' It really bothers me as I know a young man who is Type One Diabetic and has had some bad health issues recently and HE can't get the vaccine yet. He's the same age as the very rich lawyer's daughter. Not fair. And disgraceful. I feel she is taking someone else's vaccine ahead of tiem.

Vent over.

zebra25 posted 1/5/2021 15:18 PM

Young healthy hospital employees that work 100% from home are getting vaccinated meanwhile essential workers have no idea when they will have the opportunity.

Makes no sense.

HFSSC posted 1/5/2021 15:57 PM

This bothers me immensely as well. Burns me up to see pictures of politicians and celebrities with their sleeve rolled up for the photo op. Itís apparently supposed to encourage other people to take the vaccine but it just pisses me off.

number4 posted 1/5/2021 16:12 PM

One thing that is bothering me is the 'privilege' some are exerting to get the virus before their time.

This bothers me, too. H and I have had this discussion. Due to the nature of his work and the company he works for, there are people affiliated with major teaching hospitals who they regularly work with (think clinical studies). When COVID first began, the CEO of H's company told H that, if we found ourselves in a position of needing a test, to let him know - he could make connections for us. This was way before testing was widely available (if you can say it's widely available now - Sanjay Gupta was talking today about how, in his hospital, he still has some patients who can't get tested prior to surgery!).

There have been stories of vaccine clinics that took vials out of the freezer to administer to patients, and not enough people showed up, so they put out dire alerts for anyone to show up so the vaccines didn't go to waste before they went bad. They usually just had hours to locate people to come in, so some people in the hospitals and clinics were calling family members to come in quickly. There was also a story yesterday of a hospital in Northern California, whose freezer died, and the warning system failed, so they had a bunch of vaccines they needed to give out quickly, or toss them. So calls went out for anyone who could get there within two hours.

So I asked H, if he got a call that a vaccine was available if he could get to the clinic, would he go? He said he would send me first. I asked him if the option were that he couldn't send a family member, would he still get it, and he said no, that he would hope someone who needs it more than him (early 60s and no co morbidiities) would be able to get it.

This all being said, if everyone who is higher on the list than me has gotten it, and I find out young people with no risks at all were getting it before me, I would be pissed. I'm 60, and am on a statin and high blood pressure meds, but both conditions are managed very well. I'm also on Metformin, but only for pre-diabetes. If I find out some 30-something old with zero risks (or isn't an essential worker, which I define as health care, teachers, grocery store/food workers, etc.) gets it before me, I will be really pissed.

zebra25 posted 1/5/2021 16:28 PM

I guess thanking essential workers is just for show.

They are out there every day so we can all have what we need.

Thank them for all they have done and do by giving them a vaccine.

number4 posted 1/5/2021 22:37 PM

A Texas politician who was vaccinated on December 18th just announced he has tested positive for COVID. He tested negative on New Year's Day, but positive now. Just goes to show that one vaccine won't cut the cheese. There's been a lot of discussion lately about delaying the second dose for those who have gotten their first dose, so that more people can get a first dose and have some protection. Theory is... lots more people with less protection vs. fewer people with 95% protection.

Jeaniegirl posted 1/6/2021 00:02 AM

I have never seen such life-threatening disorganization in my life!

number4 posted 1/8/2021 18:55 PM

OK, I've said this before - when I get blood drawn, I can watch it, but I am just freaking out every time I see another video of someone on the news getting the COVID vaccine.

It just looks like the longest needle I've ever seen going in an arm.

number4 posted 1/8/2021 19:07 PM

Two people in the family of a friend of mine's got their second vaccine yesterday - they are both involved in direct patient care in a hospital system.

When they got their first, they just had a sore arm for a few hours. Evidently the 24 hours after the second vaccine were not pretty - they felt pretty awful and had a rough night. These are young, healthy adults.


[This message edited by number4 at 7:07 PM, January 8th (Friday)]

zebra25 posted 1/8/2021 20:01 PM

What kind of rough night?

tushnurse posted 1/8/2021 21:08 PM

Rough night from my cohorts is a low grade fever aches and pains but still NOTHING like covid.

Lionne posted 1/9/2021 14:49 PM

So, the suggestion is that the government will soon release all the available doses while releasing more money for production of more medication in time to give the second dose to those who get the first shot. Thus, more people will be able to get the first shot. What are the thoughts of the experts here? I don't know how I feel about this potential decision but certainly do know that I'm not smart enough to have a strong opinion.

million pieces posted 1/9/2021 19:58 PM

I got my first dose almost two weeks ago. I work directly with patients, they havenít moved on from that stage at my hospital yet. Didnít sting like the flu vaccine, was pretty sore the following day. No other side effects. Our hospital started the first round of second doses last week, heard the second dose seems to have more side effects. No one that I know at my hospital had anything other than a sore arm for the first shot.

number4 posted 1/9/2021 20:14 PM

Lionne - H thinks it's a bad plan. Now, that's based on how things are rolling out right now. The issue seems to be that there isn't enough structure in place to administer the vaccines that are out there. And the studies were done with two doses, given three weeks apart, so that's how they should be given. Someone suggested that vaccine shipment should be dependent on whether a state has efficiently used the materials they have previously been shipped. H says production could ramp up a bit, but there is a shortage of starting materials and even things like glass vials. Those are easier to correct than a shortage of systems to administer it. I mean, think about it... you've got a health care system that is way overworked to the point of exhaustion, so who exactly is supposed to be giving those shots?

I've heard that there are more efficient ways of getting more vaccine into arms... such as using FEMA, the National Guard, etc. This is a national emergency, and those agencies should be part of a larger plan.

number4 posted 1/9/2021 20:23 PM

My Pilates teacher, who works as a PT aide while finishing her PT credentials, got her first shot yesterday. She said she had to have her H help her take off her clothes last night when it was time to go to bed - her arm was that sore.

My friend's family members who got it ran a sizable fever and had aches and pains. Definitely had to load up on acetaminophen and ibuprofen to get through the night. The protocol in their hospital system is, if you have those kinds of side effects after getting the vaccine, you have to get a COVID test to make sure you don't have COVID. So they got tested today and will get results back tomorrow.

Regardless of any of this, it's still so much better than actually getting COVID.

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