We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My wife and I are playing this game. I was eligible for the vaccine and got my first shot two weeks ago. She is younger and not eligible and no indication when she will be eligible. When I go my shot at least half the people in line were young, 30 something. I get that health care, police and even teachers (if they will teach in class) should get the vaccine, but it still makes obvious sense that the oldest should get it first. That is if the intent is to save lives. OLM; Old Lives Matter.
Like all government-run enterprises, the practical arrangements of priority are subject to too many exceptions, and thus are prone to gaming. We have an old acquaintance who is well below 60, but has occasional low-grade asthma - and who also is one of those people with a strong sense of self-interested, self-preservation, and the kind of motivation that kicks into gear before the rest of the crowd starts mobbing.
No shots were game-able in the Houston metropolitan area, but guess what: With a little effort one was made available in our city, and so this acquaintance made the drive. I'm not going to opine whether this was a good enough excuse for which to make an exception, but there are plenty of people with multiple comorbidities that are precariously impinging on their daily existence - in some cases, to the extent that precludes them from having the energy to game the scheme - that are still waiting in line.
We're not having that problem so much in New Hampshire. Surrounding culture seems to affect what officials do.
Assistant Village Idiot
If you get the shot, are you protected from the next variation?
Annual flu shot anyone?
I do know there is one more set available, that I won't be accepting mine, when it gets to that point of the line.
In our county in Florida, you made the appointment online (yes I know quite a few over 65's who would have had problems with this). The line for the first shot stretched out along the paths of the park (in cars). You had to have 1) appointment made on line 2) paperwork printed out and forms filled in (no printer, too bad) 3) an ID - driver's license or other. Note that #3 was not required to be a Florida ID. We heard of Canadian snow birds and who knows how many New Yorkers who came south to be innoculated. Cuomo should be required to send us extra doses to compensate.
My question - why don't you have to be tested for antibodies before you get the shot? As long as these are in short supply, why waste shots on people who are already immune?
Because all of these are unknowns. They don't know if having residual antibodies from a previous COVID infection are better than the COVID vaccine, or less effective. They don't know how long antibodies from either one are going to remain effective, either. I've know at least 2 people that have suffered from COVID twice, one of them the second time was worse.
It's a measure of their lack of knowledge that they are insisting that people who have had COVID must continue to wear a mask and social distance, and that people who have had the vaccine also must continue to wear a mask and social distance. I half expect that they'll start demanding that the deceased must be masked for burial, and that flame-proof masks be administered in the case of cremation.
Our public health policy makers have reached deep into their imagination to embrace the theater of the absurd. Only the front line medical professionals seem to be responding well, using logic and science and a portfolio of treatment options.