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(Axios)   Frustrated with the slow system, "vaccine tourism" now taking off across America, stretching some states supplies   (axios.com) divider line
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2021-03-05 11:09:01 PM  
South Dakota is making up for their non-response to COVID by excelling at vaccinations. Surprised the governor hasn't invited tourists in just for that reason.
 
2021-03-06 12:08:48 AM  
New Mexico is doing pretty well in distribution, but some impatient people (and some people who didn't bother with the state registration website) have been driving to Lubbock.  So that way they can get a free case of COVID by going to the plague zone in order to get vaccinated.
 
2021-03-06 12:11:58 AM  
Washington can't find it's ass with both hands with this vaccine.
 
2021-03-06 12:12:28 AM  
Let me guess, the cash-strapped red states that exist in multiple bottom 50 categories of various socioeconomic ratings have their democratic-voting residents fleeing to states where the government actually acknowledge the pandemic is real and is doing their level-headed best to do something about it other than pray it away.
 
2021-03-06 12:13:05 AM  
I live about ten miles east of the state border. So I drove west twelve miles west because my state, which is normally better at most things, has totally screwed up its vaccine distribution, and that makes me a vaccine tourist?
 
2021-03-06 12:15:14 AM  

Weatherkiss: Let me guess, the cash-strapped red states that exist in multiple bottom 50 categories of various socioeconomic ratings have their democratic-voting residents fleeing to states where the government actually acknowledge the pandemic is real and is doing their level-headed best to do something about it other than pray it away.


Wouldn't the Dem voters be all about following the plan? I can better imagine GQP voters who resist every plan, then deciding to go where there is vaccine, so that they win, in every which way. Because they aren't about following steps and doing things properly. They're just about winning.
 
2021-03-06 12:16:43 AM  
Been a while since i was told i was too young for anything. Every time they announce a vaccine signup its borked within minutes. Mah that f5 key, makes no diff. Maybe i oughta get fake id...
I Gotta Get a Fake I.D.
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2021-03-06 12:19:49 AM  

MBooda: I live about ten miles east of the state border. So I drove west twelve miles west because my state, which is normally better at most things, has totally screwed up its vaccine distribution, and that makes me a vaccine tourist?


Depends. While you were there, did you visit Taco Bell?
 
2021-03-06 12:20:42 AM  

edmo: South Dakota is making up for their non-response to COVID by excelling at vaccinations. Surprised the governor hasn't invited tourists in just for that reason.


Not worth the risks
 
2021-03-06 12:21:13 AM  
Considering how many Americans are anti-vaxxer kooks. There ought to be enough to go around, but no! We are all just trying to stay above the ground, so I do not fault vaccine tourists at all. A desire to survive is something all living creatures share.
 
2021-03-06 12:25:59 AM  

Weatherkiss: Let me guess, the cash-strapped red states that exist in multiple bottom 50 categories of various socioeconomic ratings have their democratic-voting residents fleeing to states where the government actually acknowledge the pandemic is real and is doing their level-headed best to do something about it other than pray it away.


It must be nice to live in la-la land.
 
2021-03-06 12:26:58 AM  
Friends of mine drove 3 hours one way to get their vaccines. Of course they never left Texas.
 
2021-03-06 12:27:28 AM  
Just put needles on arms.
 
2021-03-06 12:30:21 AM  
International medical tourism has been a thing for a while, often for surgical procedures far more involved than a jab in the arm.

Vaccine adventurism is to be expected.
 
2021-03-06 12:36:51 AM  

uncoveror: Considering how many Americans are anti-vaxxer kooks. There ought to be enough to go around, but no! We are all just trying to stay above the ground, so I do not fault vaccine tourists at all. A desire to survive is something all living creatures share.


They really aren't.  Stop making shiat up.
 
2021-03-06 12:38:06 AM  

Weatherkiss: Let me guess, the cash-strapped red states that exist in multiple bottom 50 categories of various socioeconomic ratings have their democratic-voting residents fleeing to states where the government actually acknowledge the pandemic is real and is doing their level-headed best to do something about it other than pray it away.


Instead of guessing, you could just read the article which explains that states like Florida and Louisiana are some of the top stops for wealthy vaccine-seekers. What's not in the article, but easily found elsewhere, is that these rich shot-hunters come from all over. New York, Toronto, Argentina, you name it. There isn't some neat and simple little equation of "R voters are like this, and D voters are like this," but an even simpler one of "If there's any chance to cut in line, especially for something vital, rich folks gonna cut." How they vote isn't really a factor.

Most states already passed rules back in January to block people from just flying in for a vaccine, requiring at least part-time residency to qualify. This article is late to the party.
 
2021-03-06 12:40:42 AM  

NM Volunteer: New Mexico is doing pretty well in distribution, but some impatient people (and some people who didn't bother with the state registration website) have been driving to Lubbock.  So that way they can get a free case of COVID by going to the plague zone in order to get vaccinated.


I very seriously considered doing this (or Amarillo), but I chickened out at the announcement of the enhanced, maskless plaguelands over there.  Been registered in the NM state system since day one.  Managed to get a scheduled time slot, even, but then they sent me a cancellation notice with no explanation, and I nearly went mad.

I know we're all in the same boat and I'm not special, but I live alone, I haven't been further than my mailbox since last March, and I've just about had it with being the responsible one.  It's still wrong, but that's about where I'm at these days.
 
2021-03-06 12:41:44 AM  
Remember when The last administration made states bid against each other for PPE only to grab it for their stock pile? I can't imagine the bs that would be happening if Biden lost.
 
2021-03-06 12:42:03 AM  
Friend of mine went to our San Diego baseball stadium for vaccination today. She was literally the only vaccine recipient who showed up for the whole time she was there. They have this facility that can process thousands per day, and everyone she saw was sitting idle except for the folks that dealt with her. In the past week, she's received a dozen or more texts canceling then rescheduling her appointment. There must have been some unbelievably monumental screwup in the scheduling process if nobody else showed up today.
 
2021-03-06 12:42:06 AM  

EdgeRunner: Instead of guessing, you could just read the article


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2021-03-06 12:44:25 AM  

Weatherkiss: EdgeRunner: Instead of guessing, you could just read the article

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It must be nice to live in la-la land.
 
2021-03-06 12:45:16 AM  

Weatherkiss: EdgeRunner: Instead of guessing, you could just read the article

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It's not often someone uses that gif to mock themselves. Congratulations on seeing through your own bullshiat, I guess?
 
2021-03-06 12:48:05 AM  

EdgeRunner: Weatherkiss: EdgeRunner: Instead of guessing, you could just read the article

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It's not often someone uses that gif to mock themselves. Congratulations on seeing through your own bullshiat, I guess?


Not reading the article is an age-old tradition on Fark.
 
2021-03-06 12:49:42 AM  
I saw an article about CNN hand wringing about people that don't want to take the vaccine an I'm just like.  How about we get it to the people then want it then worry about those douchnuts.
 
2021-03-06 12:52:37 AM  

EdgeRunner: There isn't some neat and simple little equation of "R voters are like this, and D voters are like this,"


I honestly gave up trying to toe this line with a couple of my American friends long ago.  They're good people and we have some shared history work-wise.  But they're incapable of breaking out of binary thinking in a political sense.

It's like it's part of their permanent internal plumbing.
 
2021-03-06 12:52:48 AM  
I'm getting the first one on the 10th. Hopefully no terrible side effects.
 
2021-03-06 1:16:25 AM  

edmo: South Dakota is making up for their non-response to COVID by excelling at vaccinations. Surprised the governor hasn't invited tourists in just for that reason.


She's too busy kissing cheetolini's ass. I'm honestly glad she spends such little time here. biatch thing is now I have to declare a party to vote down that stupid "60% for a ballot win" bullshiat.
 
2021-03-06 1:17:07 AM  
We are currently projected to get the vaccine in October. If that holds, we will have absolutely no issue with vaccine tourism this summer.
 
2021-03-06 1:18:24 AM  

Jeebus Saves: uncoveror: Considering how many Americans are anti-vaxxer kooks. There ought to be enough to go around, but no! We are all just trying to stay above the ground, so I do not fault vaccine tourists at all. A desire to survive is something all living creatures share.

They really aren't.  Stop making shiat up.


More than enough though.
 
2021-03-06 1:37:33 AM  
Nobody minds the travel, as long as it's to get a leaky "vaccine?"
 
2021-03-06 1:39:16 AM  
Vaccine rats
 
2021-03-06 1:40:11 AM  

MBooda: I live about ten miles east of the state border. So I drove west twelve miles west because my state, which is normally better at most things, has totally screwed up its vaccine distribution, and that makes me a vaccine tourist?


Yes. It also makes you selfish.
 
2021-03-06 1:41:54 AM  
What do you get when an anti-vaxxer meets a vaccine-tourist?
I don't know either but it had to be asked.
 
2021-03-06 2:20:53 AM  

Weatherkiss: EdgeRunner: Weatherkiss: EdgeRunner: Instead of guessing, you could just read the article

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It's not often someone uses that gif to mock themselves. Congratulations on seeing through your own bullshiat, I guess?

Not reading the article is an age-old tradition on Fark.


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Even Ric Romero thinks your response was unnecessary.
 
2021-03-06 3:10:35 AM  

jjorsett: Friend of mine went to our San Diego baseball stadium for vaccination today. She was literally the only vaccine recipient who showed up for the whole time she was there. They have this facility that can process thousands per day, and everyone she saw was sitting idle except for the folks that dealt with her. In the past week, she's received a dozen or more texts canceling then rescheduling her appointment. There must have been some unbelievably monumental screwup in the scheduling process if nobody else showed up today.


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2021-03-06 3:37:00 AM  
Belgium (?): Prioritized vaccinations then sent each citizen an appointment card telling them when & where to be for vaccinations. Sigh. I want  Big Doctor socialized medicine! Maybe it was Luxembourg or Grand Fenwick.
 
2021-03-06 3:39:51 AM  
In Missouri, some towns have more vaccine than they know what to do with, and the cities are looking for more.  And Gov. Parson gets angry when people notice this.
 
2021-03-06 3:46:09 AM  
I live two miles from the New York state line in PA, and all my doctors are in NY. My docs' practice just announced they have shots but are only allowing NY residents, even though I've been a patient there for almost 20 years, and I qualify for the shot in nys. I don't know if this is their rule or the state's.  I qualify in Pa, Ny, and Nj. You'd think there would be a shot out there somewhere with my name on it, but nooooo.
 
2021-03-06 3:54:47 AM  

Freud's Cigar: I live two miles from the New York state line in PA, and all my doctors are in NY. My docs' practice just announced they have shots but are only allowing NY residents, even though I've been a patient there for almost 20 years, and I qualify for the shot in nys. I don't know if this is their rule or the state's.  I qualify in Pa, Ny, and Nj. You'd think there would be a shot out there somewhere with my name on it, but nooooo.


My in laws are 70 and got their firsts early February in PA...
 
2021-03-06 6:54:39 AM  
Live in Iowa but had to get my shot in Kentucky. My wife is still trying to get hers and our state is still in denial of it even existing. I am an essential worker, she is not.
 
2021-03-06 6:58:50 AM  

jjorsett: Friend of mine went to our San Diego baseball stadium for vaccination today. She was literally the only vaccine recipient who showed up for the whole time she was there. They have this facility that can process thousands per day, and everyone she saw was sitting idle except for the folks that dealt with her. In the past week, she's received a dozen or more texts canceling then rescheduling her appointment. There must have been some unbelievably monumental screwup in the scheduling process if nobody else showed up today.


Amazing they can process thirty thousand shots per day in San Fran, yet "no one is there."
 
2021-03-06 7:12:58 AM  

jjorsett: Friend of mine went to our San Diego baseball stadium for vaccination today. She was literally the only vaccine recipient who showed up for the whole time she was there. They have this facility that can process thousands per day, and everyone she saw was sitting idle except for the folks that dealt with her. In the past week, she's received a dozen or more texts canceling then rescheduling her appointment. There must have been some unbelievably monumental screwup in the scheduling process if nobody else showed up today.


I was able to get a shot because a local hospital had extras due to many people not showing up for appointments.   Why that is happening I have no idea but I was not going to turn it down.
 
2021-03-06 7:53:17 AM  
Monongalia County public school teachers in WV were promised the vaccine by the governor.   To fulfill his promise, these teachers are going to Garrett County, MD for their vaccine.

Drug tourism at its finest.
 
2021-03-06 8:21:32 AM  
Texas has opened up a STATEWIDE COVID distribution center just in time for Spring Break.
 
2021-03-06 8:27:47 AM  
Yeah, my wife just booked her no-expenses-paid trip to lovely, scenic Newburgh.
 
2021-03-06 8:34:10 AM  
Also an intrastate problem. People from Portland metro raiding the limited supplies in Salem and other small cities.
 
2021-03-06 9:51:04 AM  
I was at the grocery store yesterday and when I walked past the pharmacy/little office I noticed there were no people around. I asked if it was a thing to get a vaccination if they have a cancellation because I live pretty close. They looked at each other and laughed and said it was my lucky day because they had just taken a cancellation call and that shot had 30 minutes left before they had to toss it. I overwhelmingly explained that I'm not anywhere near the list (multiple times to everyone I encountered) but would much rather help the group than have it tossed. They quickly filled out my paperwork and now I'm a cyborg or something.

I have an appt for my second dose in a couple weeks.
 
2021-03-06 10:01:37 AM  
I live in a more populated area of my state and see the less populated area always have openings for appointments.  Seriously considering an 8 hour round trip for the J&J one shot.
 
2021-03-06 10:08:01 AM  

holdmybones: I was at the grocery store yesterday and when I walked past the pharmacy/little office I noticed there were no people around. I asked if it was a thing to get a vaccination if they have a cancellation because I live pretty close. They looked at each other and laughed and said it was my lucky day because they had just taken a cancellation call and that shot had 30 minutes left before they had to toss it. I overwhelmingly explained that I'm not anywhere near the list (multiple times to everyone I encountered) but would much rather help the group than have it tossed. They quickly filled out my paperwork and now I'm a cyborg or something.

I have an appt for my second dose in a couple weeks.


I'd prefer it go to the more vulnerable first, but if it was your arm or thrown out, they and you did the right thing.

Some places are running a "leftovers list" - you have to be able to reach them in 30 minutes but they'll call you if they have doses they'll have to discard otherwise.
 
2021-03-06 10:10:31 AM  

Incog_Neeto: I saw an article about CNN hand wringing about people that don't want to take the vaccine an I'm just like.  How about we get it to the people then want it then worry about those douchnuts.


A lot of the coverage of vaccine doubt has been self sustaining.

It's an anchor in every vaccine story because of journalist brain-"But some have their doubts about the vaccine, here's a high-school dropout to explain". And then they'll explain the concern. And then everyone's doubt increases a tiny fraction and the cycle continues for the next story.
If they limited how much discussion there was in vaccine hesitancy, more people would get the vaccine.
 
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