I haven't been fishing much or interacting (drinking) with friends for almost a year now. My wife has 4 COVID comorbidities that put her at high risk, so I've had to be really careful. But we both got our second shots last week and I'm ready to become semi-normal again. I really miss fishing with friends.
Who else has gotten shot up?
The trick is to have all of the following links saved as favorites on your computer, phone, or tablet:
Get on the waiting list. But no first shots are available now.
They start taking reservations for the first shots on Feb. 14 at 3:00 PM. Don't use MYVACCINE.FL.GOV, Hernando is not on their list as yet. Hernando was good about calling me back to schedule an appointment a week after I got my first shot at Publix after getting on their waiting list. I canceled of course.
They start taking new appointments on Feb. 15 at 7:00 AM but not in Citrus County. Pick another local county.
No appointments are available now, but the Spring Hill and Inverness stores will participate.
They are booked up but keep checking the link to see if new appointments become available.
Walgreens and CVS are being punished in Florida for screwing up the Care Home vaccination program. The state took back their vaccines since they were just keeping them in freezers until they figured out what to do. But keep checking these links because the feds are soon going to be sending doses directly to the pharmacies.
Here's a tip: If you use the Publix site, let the page refresh by itself every minute to hold your place in line. If you keep refreshing the page it will send you back to the end of the line each time. Refreshing the page worked earlier in the program but they changed the site to keep people from overloading their server.
It might pay to register in Orange County. They have their act together for mass vaccinations. The pharmacy programs are for counties with lower population density.
If you are a veteran over 65, shots are available at several VA locations. Some don't require reservations while others do:
One more tip: There are shots available now for people with high-risk conditions such as diabetes, kidney, lung, or heart disease and those who may be immune-compromised. This is not well known yet. You need to see your doctor about this and get an appointment at a hospital. Be assertive. There is vaccine available even though they might not know about this yet.
Actually was pretty painless but I do understand it wasn't the same for everyone. It was a timing thing depending on when you tried to get on and when you could get on. It hasn't been the best for those in the older group who are not computer savvy which is a real shame.
I'm a patient at USF health. They have been out of vaccines for the last 3 weeks. Today I got an email invite. First shot tomorrow. My wife is not an established patient there so she will be in a random selection after patients, staff and students and continue to work the Publix site. Hillsborough county site at the University mall has been a nightmare. People with appts have been waiting in car lines 3-4 hours. They should be running the site 24hrs right now.
Our Primary Care Provider has no idea when they will get any allocation.
My posts are my opinion only.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. Will Rogers
It's hard to actually put the blame on a single source for the delays and confusion. People want to get the vaccine through their normal healthcare providers or pharmacies. Where ever they have been getting vaccines in the past. Unfortunately, that's not often going to be possible. We probably won't see the vaccines becoming generally available until summer. So before then, we are just going to have to live with short supplies and uncertainty.
The primary responsibility for vaccine distribution falls on the states. Florida kicked the problem down to the individual counties. They are trying to do what they can with chronically underfunded state health departments and little prior planning for a pandemic. The one thing they all could do to help the situation is to use a common registration system (which they are trying to do now with myvaccine.fl.gov) and let people know where they stand in the lineup for a shot.
One thing that Florida probably got right was to simply use age as the criteria for eligibility. Many other states that tried to follow the CDC guidelines with multiple tiers of eligibility are having even more logistical problems in figuring out who is going to be vaccinated and when. Utah, for example, is authorizing vaccination of all people with high-risk medical conditions regardless of age. They are not going to vet those claims and will just take people's word for it. Just wait and see how that works out over the next few weeks!
So far Florida has vaccinated only about 1 million people over 65 out of approximately 4.5 million geezers in the total population. So even considering that maybe 20% will refuse the vaccine we still have a ways to go before younger people can receive the shots. But it would be helpful if the state would let us know of their plans for the next tier of vaccinations. IMO, teachers and school workers need to be moved up.
I think quite a large number of people have had it course through them without really realizing it, myself included.
It's been around for over a year, I don't care how many precautions were taken, in my thoroughly uneducated opinion I would say that most have been exposed to it one way or the other.