Post by Lucretia Borgia Post by kat Post by MartinS Post by kat Post by GordonD Post by kat
I have my second covid jab appointment Saturday afternoon, during the funeral.
Hope you're going to cancel it out of respect.
Ummm. No. My jab could help toprevent more funerals and I am sure
Philip would approve of that. :-)
And ... no need as it happens. mr kat had his appointment for this
morning, I went along and mentioned mine was this afternoon, so they
jabbed me at the same time.
I can be as respectful as I want now!
Libby and I in Ontario were lucky to get our first Pfizer shot on 27
March, but we won't get the 2nd until 20 July. Many 65-79s haven't had
their first one yet. The US has twice Canada's vaccination rate.
On TV yesterday, the mayor of Windsor, Ontario complained that they
can't get enough vaccines for seniore, while across the river in Detroit
anyone 16 or over can get a shot, often the same day. However, Michigan
has a very high infection rate and is getting extra vaccine.
I have a friend who lives in Detroit. I think she would be fascinated to know it
is that easy. She spent days tracking down an appointment for herself, then
more days for her brother. She is rising 72, he is a little younger. Admittedly
once they were found, they also got the 2nd ones quicker than we do.
I guess that high infection rate might be why it is easing!
Post by MartinS
While Britain is relaxing restrictions and Boris is able to quaff his
irreversible pint, we've had 3 consecutive weeks of increasing
restrictions. The latest include: no travel outside the home for non-
essential purposes; closure of outdoor recreation facilities including
golf, basketball, tennis and kiddie playgrounds; no mixing with other
households indoors or out (with sn exception for people living alone);
roadside checkpoints at border crossings from Quebec and Manitoba; and a
limit of 10 people at weddings, funerals and church services, indoors or
out, except for drive-in services. This will be in force until late May.
Maximum 15 people at a wedding - my son gets married on Saturday. ( They should
have got married a year ago.) The wedding breakfast must be held outdoors. And
my elder daughter can't come - she lives in Prague. 30 at a funeral. No wake,
indoors at least. i don't think we know what a drive in service would be, here.
Post by MartinS
Some schools remain open for in-person learning, but Toronto has closed
theirs. Both local high schools are closed after outbreaks. Furthermore,
Ontario is appealing for more medical staff from other provinces to
handle the case load, thanks mainly to that bloody British variant!!
And now we have both the South African variant, and the Indian Double variant at
large here. :-(
I had my first Pfizer shot March 19 and am due for second July 2, long
wait because our medicos decided they must have second on hand etc
etc. but it went square shaped when we donated a bunch of vaccines to
a considered needy group.
I had my first February 1st, second was obviously April 17th. Th egap has been
because it was decided the immunity gained from the first jab would last at
least that long and that way more people got a first. Now they have the second
jabs earmarked and they exceed the numbers of first ones being given.
Post by Lucretia Borgia
Personally I was not convinced they should do the eldest first, I felt
there was more of a case for giving younger, working people the first
shots. Especially those working in health care!
We kicked off with residents of care homes, and their carers because they were
so badly afected, but after that the second cohort did include front line health
As it has worked down the age groups it has been clear that many younger people
did get the invitation for one reason or another early. I am still wondering
what my 39 year old son in law did to merit it, no health problems, extremely
lean and fit, and a grapic designer. But who knows! His sister also got hers,
and she is with a different doctor.
Post by Lucretia Borgia
I think the reason it is easier in Canada than the US is in part due
to the fact we are all registered in the health care system which
surprisingly the US has never adopted. They feel it is socialism at
work :( They are the only major country that doesn't have some form
of healthcare. Private insurance costs an arm and a leg, I have two
friends who tell me the only reason in retirement they can pay it for
her is because he has veterans insurance, which he doesn't have to pay
for. They both worked all their working lives, so it does make one
Certainly we are all registered too, and get invited to make an appointment.
Making it isn't always easy though. We have been lucky, a big centre opened on
the local showground a 10 minute drive from our house. Others could only find
availability miles away, and some aren't sure when they will get the second -
while I had to book the second before the first could be confirmed!