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  • Jan 20, 2021 12:03 PM
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    This is becoming a thing for sure. Mostly in the airline industry. No standards yet but seems they are well on there way. Basically they are making apps that prove you got vaccinated.
  • Mar 27, 2021 02:21 PM
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    Unless you are using a digital verification app that shows you've been vaccinated, it's really important to keep the CDC vaccine card they give you after you get a vaccine. It proves you got one, which is important if you want to travel or do more normal activities once things open back up. It also shows when you got it, what kind of shot, etc.

    Basically everyone is saying to covet it like you do a birth certificate or driver's license. So since it's just a piece of paper a lot of people are getting theirs laminated. And right now Staples is laminating CDC vaccine cards for free. At least through May 1st. Definitely will be doing that.

  • Mar 21, 2021 05:28 PM
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    Thankfully this won't be an issue very soon. Looks like all states will have a surplus of vaccines soon!
  • Mar 23, 2021 03:22 PM
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    Texas just announced they will have enough supply to allow every single adult to get a vaccine by March 29th, once you register. And Biden says he wants all states to do this by May 1st.

    So if you are waiting on your 'phase group' to be called or whatever, hopefully that goes out the window in a few weeks in your state and you can get one, as long as you are 18 or older. Actually the Pfizer one you can get if you are 16 or older.

    Post other state announcements here.

  • Mar 23, 2021 11:49 AM
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    Have not heard of this. Got a link to share?
  • Mar 14, 2021 12:35 AM
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    This article says the Public Health England determined the Pfizer vaccine to be 89% effective from the first shot. But the way it works is it starts off as 50%ish effective in the first several days but after 15-21 days becomes more and more effective as your body has had time to generate protective ant-spike antibodies.

    This makes sense to me and explains the variance gap. So really 52-89% from the first dose alone at least for Pfizer BUT you should definitely still get the second dose to make those numbers better AND to boost your response even greater.

  • Mar 19, 2021 11:50 AM
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    Wish I wasn't so cautious. I too think its probably fine but I won't be for the time being. I'm waiting for more to get vaccinated.
  • Mar 19, 2021 09:20 PM
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    This is huge news. A scientist and co-founder of BioNTech, Ozlem Tureci, says that the same tech used in the new mRNA vaccines for the virus might be able to be used on cancer patients in as soon as a couple of years.

    A cancer vaccine? The thought never even occurred to me.

  • Mar 18, 2021 12:33 PM
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    I think we'll employ a cautiously optimistic protocol of sorts, where we ease restrictions as % of people vaccinated go up, and those should correlate pretty close (at least in my opinion that's logical). But you also monitor the positive case rates and hospitalization numbers for spikes or trends to ensure things are going according to plan. If those numbers don't go down, then you have to readjust openings. So it'll be on a trial and error, wait and see kind of approach. If govts are doing it scientifically. Of course we all know it's more politics than anything these days.
  • Mar 18, 2021 02:02 PM
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    The CDC has a page on their site dedicated to what you should and shouldn't do before, during and after a vaccine appt. Let's do over that right quick.

    What you should do:
    - educate yourself on all the approved vaccines, what they are and how they work
    - continue taking any medication you normally take and don't discontinue use for fear of interaction the day of your shot
    - at appt, both you and the healthcare workers need to wear masks
    - after you get the shot, keep your vaccine card for your records (it tells you which shot you got, when, etc)
    - after your shot make sure and stay for the recommended monitoring time (your healthcare worker will inform you)
    - ask about v-safe and the app (its free and gives personalized health check ins and reminds you to get a 2nd shot)
    - keep your 2nd shot appt even if you had side effects UNLESS the doctors says otherwise
    - get your 2nd shot if needed on the recommended time frame (Moderna 28 days at your first one, Pfizer 21 days)

    What you shouldn't do:
    - take over-the-counter meds to counteract symptoms, so don't take ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen beforehand unless you already take those on a regular basis; basically don't take anything for the sole purpose of staving off symptoms as they are not 100% sure how these meds effect the vaccine effectiveness
    - same goes for allergy meds like antihistamines, don't take anything you don't already take regularly
    - don't get any other vaccine shot for 14 days after receiving this one, not even a flu or shingles shot
    - same goes for other vaccines, wait 14 days until you get the virus shot if you already got another kind of vaccination shot

    There's a little more on the site and they go into more detail but thought this checklist would help those preparing for their first and second shot appointments.