Ah ok I thought you said CVS was a no go.
Ah ok I thought you said CVS was a no go.
I definitely will. But in the Philippines supply is still a huge issue. We're only at 30% vaccination rate nationwide so while regulatory bodies have approved the use of boosters, most of us here realistically won't be able to get one any time soon.
Most of the vaccine supplies don't really make it here. They're in first-world countries. That's why it baffles me to see so many foreigners complain about the vaccine... over here, even if you want to get it, there just aren't enough doses to go around. Some people don't know how good they've got it...
feel off, not really sick just off
I blame the flu shot as its happened before with the flu shot.
I agree completely with you @margauxmines and I am very sorry you don't have a sufficient vaccine supply in the Philippines. It is a crime that we have more than we are using and you have people clamoring for them. Unacceptable.
And yes, some people just don't get it. On so many levels. It is a real shame.
I hope you can get all the vaccines you need soon.
Yeah I'm not going to lie, it is pretty bad over here. I think we only started vaccinating in May 2021; months after many other countries had already started. And at the time, the only vaccine available here was the China-made Sinovac. We didn't even start getting AstraZeneca until July or August... since then other brands have slowly trickled in, but nowhere near enough supply to vaccinate everyone. At one point, people who had gotten the first dose of Sinovac/AZ had to wait longer than the prescribed period in between doses because there just weren't enough vaccines.
In fact, it's a "status symbol" here to have received a Western-made vaccine like AZ or Moderna—J&J is a reaaal jackpot, people will ooh and aah when they hear you've gotten J&J. The overwhelming supply of vaccines here are still Sinovac and Sputnik. We don't even expect to see any Novavax until 2022.
I'm lucky I got vaccinated through my company. I work for a large conglomerate in the PH—important because in the PH, private companies, especially large ones, are expected to partake in the "buy 1, donate 1" scheme: buy 1 set of doses, donate 1 set of doses to the government. So you'd have to buy twice as much as you really need. Of course this is all because of the government corruption but that's another thread lol
Anyway, if anyone made it through this mini-rant, I just want to say: First, if you have the opportunity to get vaxxed and to get a booster, please do it. You are so, so lucky. You have no idea how lucky you are to be in a country with a functioning healthcare system and a government that has secured vaccine supplies for you.
Second (and lastly, actually!), please don't forget that for many of us around the world, the pandemic isn't over yet. I'm sure lockdowns are easing in many of your countries, but there are still many places where the thought of a "post-COVID" world is so farfetched, it's almost insane to think about.
"Anyway, if anyone made it through this mini-rant, I just want to say: First, if you have the opportunity to get vaxxed and to get a booster, please do it. You are so, so lucky. You have no idea how lucky you are to be in a country with a functioning healthcare system and a government that has secured vaccine supplies for you."
Big hugs to you @margauxmines
And fwiw I don't think anyone anywhere in the world is free of the pandemic yet. I don't know anyplace yet that is considered post Covid. We may be in different places vaccine wise and Covid wise but no place is yet Covid free. At least none that I know of...we have a long way to go and we really have to work together to end the pandemic. Every man woman and child for themselves (as some are doing) just won't cut it. If we don't work together and get vaccines everywhere they need to be this pandemic will be going on for a long time. We all have to be safe to end the pandemic. Not just the wealthiest countries. But every country. All people must get vaccinated for this to be a distant bad memory.
Amen to this.
It is so weird, this year for the first time ever when we got the flu vaccine we had no side effects. Not even a sore arm. Something doesn't feel right. I told Greg the nurse gave us a huge vaccine of nothing. LOL. Seriously I always have side effects with the flu vaccine and this year not even a sore arm. We got it at our internist's office this year. His nurse gave it to us and it was a huge needle. But we didn't experience even a sore arm so I am not doing it there ever again. I am almost sure we got a vaccine of nothing.
Hope you are feeling all better today Karl.
Missy myself, DH, and Benjamin had the same experience with the flu shot this year and all three of us got it at different vendors. I think we may have just gotten lucky this year. I wish it were like this every year!