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9 hours ago, Baum said:

I'm getting mine this morning. But I do have to chuckle at "SOME" of the "do it for others" crowd that insure they get to the head of the line through clout or political means while folks in their 70' and 80's and with alzhiemers sit and wait on a list.  I'm in line as the wife is a teacher and been in class since August. I provide daycare 40 hours a week for my mother who has alzhiemers. I have seen 30 year olds who screamed the loudest about protecting others get the jab while I have seen others in thier 80"s with diabetes who haven't been out since last march have to wait in line get it. You can keep the hypocrisy part of it. I get there is no fool proof plan but still....

Yeah no need for line jumping either. Those are younger can wait but should still be signing up at the appropriate time.

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13 minutes ago, Stebo said:

Yeah no need for line jumping either. Those are younger can wait but should still be signing up at the appropriate time.

I know someone who is late 60s and had a heck of a time trying to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine.  Had to make multiple attempts, and finally got in for the middle of March.  I know the process takes time to reach all age groups but come on.  It should not take that long for someone who is almost 70.

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Just now, Hoosier said:

I know someone who is late 60s and had a heck of a time trying to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine.  Had to make multiple attempts, and finally got in for the middle of March.  I know the process takes time to reach all age groups but come on.  It should not take that long for someone who is almost 70.

Absolutely agree, the roll out in general has been absolutely terrible due to the negligence of the last administration. It is only now things are starting to right themselves some.

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26 minutes ago, Hoosier said:

I know someone who is late 60s and had a heck of a time trying to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine.  Had to make multiple attempts, and finally got in for the middle of March.  I know the process takes time to reach all age groups but come on.  It should not take that long for someone who is almost 70.

 

24 minutes ago, Stebo said:

Absolutely agree, the roll out in general has been absolutely terrible due to the negligence of the last administration. It is only now things are starting to right themselves some.

There's been no planning for a rollout and just "left up to the states" even thought multinational corporations are the ones handling it.

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When you look at the per capita numbers, you can clearly see the areas of the country that have done well and not so well.

Not so well: NY Metro and Northeast (NY/NJ/CT/MA/RI), Deep South (LA/MS/AL), Dakotas (ND/SD), AZ

Done well: Geographically isolated (AK/HI), Northern New England (NH/ME/VT), Pacific Northwest (WA/OR), VA/NC/UT. (Note: Utah is a somewhat special case with an average age of almost 4 years younger than any other state, I suspect that is a factor in their lower mortality rate)

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Stebo said:

Absolutely agree, the roll out in general has been absolutely terrible due to the negligence of the last administration. It is only now things are starting to right themselves some.

You gotta be shitting me.

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Tonight made me think back on a year lost. I do photography part-time and for the first time since the lockdown began, I have a photo job more than just a quick couple of shots locally. As I was packing, I looked at my clipboard for the first time in what seems like forever.

On it were my assignments for four days of the best HS concert bands, orchestras, ensembles, and choirs. All the performances at about every venue in Indy and Carmel. I had highlighted you specific assignments, written notes about specific photos that were required above my general thousands of PR/event/performance photos and what advertising assignments for vendors were required.

I was 100% packed with gear and ready to go. I started getting some notices a couple of days before that many west of the Rockies groups were not coming. Things were changing every few hours it seemed.

The morning I was to head down to Indy I was told to wait a couple of hours. I was then told it was all but being canceled. Just like that, my whole year of performing and marching arts photography were done. No world championships for WGI, DCI, and no BOA Grand Nationals. No college commencements either. Nothing.

Fortunately I had a real day job in K-12 education where I worked every day. When this all began, we all thought we would take a pause for two weeks and do eLearning followed by spring break and a return to the classroom. Nope. We finished the year with eLearning.

The good news is everyone got on board with returning to school on time for the new school year and we found a way to make it work. We did offer distance learning for those who were uncomfortable coming back. About 15% of the students started the year that way. Everyone else came every day. After all was ok, about another 5% or so trickled back by October. We have played sports and had other activities with of course social distance protocols and masks.

Weather related: Our first day was canceled because of no power due to the derecho. Honestly that was a small blessing. Everyone had been pushing pretty hard to get ready. I think that single day to mentally and physically relax was what we all needed.

I know many have had a much tougher year. It did take me until the fall before I knew anyone that lost someone to Covid. Since then I’ve known of maybe a half dozen people who lost someone close. These are mostly Facebook friends.

It has been a tough year with the politics of Covid. I don’t always agree to the way things have been handled by local, state, and federal governments. Of course it is easy to armchair quarterback.

I am amazed at the job science has done to come up with a vaccine and I think a lot of things will be better off because of this hardship and research.

Sadly the world is full of people who lack common sense and courtesy and so many are just out for themselves. It has been disheartening many times.

In a few weeks, it will be the one year anniversary of the two week lockdown to “stop the spread.”

I am grateful for good health. I’m grateful that some normalcy is happening and I’ll be able to see, hear, and photograph live music performances. It won’t be like the old days. There won’t be many fans. We all have to wear masks and social distance. No concessions or hospitality. I still have most of my spring and summer events canceled but feel good about fall.

Soon the age for vaccines in Indiana will drop to 60 and up. I’ll be probably be 59 years and 8 or 9 months. However, once more vaccines are shipping to the states, I know locally things will get moving quickly. Indiana has a great infrastructure. My only hope is we don’t get bogged down by the feds.

I wrote a lot. Sorry about that if you read it all. Pardon my typos too.

Let’s think positive, enjoy a couple more weeks of snow and start a new beginning with spring.


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5 hours ago, Jonger said:

You gotta be shitting me.

Whatever rock you crawled out of go back there, the adults are talking now.

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4 hours ago, Indystorm said:

I'm 70 and scheduled to get my first shot at Munster Hospital on March 2.  Hope the vaccine is available.

Good luck, and wow I never knew you were 70!

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My 74 year-old mother was supposed to "update" her file with Northwestern Medicine, unbeknownst to her. That's the excuse they're giving her. Now she's afraid she got lost in the vaccine shuffle. She has much younger retired friends that have already received one or both doses. I'm so livid.

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Through my employment in the NWS, recently was notified we're eligible for the 2nd highest priority vaccine group status as essential workers/first responders. Having had covid already, I wasn't thinking I was going to make a huge priority of getting the vaccine as soon as possible. My thinking changed as studies have come out about the variants (especially South African) evading prior immunity.

 

I'm younger (36) and healthy, so it's never been about particular fear for my own health (and while symptomatic, my case was pretty minor), but not wanting to be part of a chain of transmission that sickens my coworkers and possibly ends up in others getting very sick and/or dying. Also, my mother in law is 60 and had cancer and had her spleen removed years ago. So even though there aren't signs that the variants have spread much yet in the US, that could change over the next month or so, and I feel like there's more urgency to vaccinate, even for those of us who have had the virus.

 

And on that note, unfortunately the vaccine situation in Will County IL (where WFO Chicago is) is frankly extremely frustrating. The health dept has had a few people staffing a phone line in which thousands of people per day are calling. A few of my coworkers managed to make appointments and get their first shots, and a few others have theirs scheduled, but now WillCo Health Dept is saying they overbooked appointments and it's uncertain when they can schedule appointments again.

 

I firmly believe the Trump admin should have done more to help the states organize their vaccine distribution regimes, similar to testing, but states and counties absolutely bear some of the blame for not planning better. It was known for months that the vaccines were coming on line -- they should have had better systems built up even with federal support lacking. I find it hard to believe they couldn't have had call centers set up and contracted out to build websites for scheduling appointments. Now I'm hoping I can get an appointment soon with my primary care health group, fingers crossed.

 

 

 

 

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Dupage county: wife logged in on line as we are both essential and scheduled us for a vaccine within 7 days. Showed up at 8:30 AM on appointment day. We were in and out in 30 minutes. Despite all we've been through hard to believe we may have a vaccine in less than a year for a virus that barely existed a year ago at this time.  Realize, it's not the same for everyone. But there are some positives that do exist. My hope is as time goes on my experience becomes the norm. Might add the nurse that administered my dose  was well into her 70's and struggled mightily with some of the technology aspect of inputting the tracking info. But as she said," I'm not good at this, but I know how to give the shot" My guess: a volunteer. In the end, there are good people and positive tales.

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On 2/12/2021 at 4:14 AM, Stebo said:

Good luck, and wow I never knew you were 70!

Thanks....yeah, I had a degree from I.U. in the early seventies in public health with a minor in earth science.  Ended up eventually going to seminary and became a progressive United Methodist pastor who still is a weenie for snow storms and svr weather.  But man how things have changed since I took my few met courses for the earth science requirements back in the day.   All for the good and appreciate the contributions of many on this board.  I've been a spotter but never a chaser although I have seen a confirmed tornado once in my life.

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I'm waiting to see people clamoring for lockdowns to protect the population against the new variants that the vaccine doesn't protect against.

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3 hours ago, Jonger said:

I'm waiting to see people clamoring for lockdowns to protect the population against the new variants that the vaccine doesn't protect against.

Good luck with that,  not sure why you want more lockouts with numbers dropping so dramatically. 

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5 minutes ago, mattb65 said:

Good luck with that,  not sure why you want more lockouts with numbers dropping so dramatically. 

This is Canada's new obsession: stop the variants!

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Been a recent uptick in cases at work that is driving a move back to staffing restrictions. The office has been a bellwether for trends in the national population, so I’ll be curious to see how things shake out the next few weeks. 

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2 hours ago, purduewx80 said:

Been a recent uptick in cases at work that is driving a move back to staffing restrictions. The office has been a bellwether for trends in the national population, so I’ll be curious to see how things shake out the next few weeks. 

My work has been like that during this pandemic as well. We had a full blown outbreak heading into Thanksgiving, but it has been quiet since late December. A bunch of us have been vaccinated so we might not follow the national trends anymore.

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9 hours ago, Jonger said:

I'm waiting to see people clamoring for lockdowns to protect the population against the new variants that the vaccine doesn't protect against.

The vaccines do protect against them, but the vast majority of the population isn't vaccinated...

Uncontrolled spread is what causes the variants to pop up so why wouldn't we want to have some restrictions in place to keep that from becoming a huge problem while we vaccinate people? Some of us want this to be over

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