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(NJ.com)   Behold the COVID car, driven by the couple that offers free rides to vaccine appointments   (nj.com) divider line
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4 days ago  
What a COVID car may look like.

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4 days ago  
...is that really the image you want to invoke when the virus that looks like that is wreaking havoc? When inviting strangers into a tiny, confined space with you?
 
4 days ago  
Wouldn't it be more efficient to just take a cooler full of vaccines plus a nurse or tech and just give the vaccine where the people are?  Less exposure for you and less back and forth.
 
4 days ago  
That is awesome.
 
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4 days ago  
Will they drive to Michigan? Asking for a me.
 
4 days ago  
The old fart in my (who is a blast at parties) thinks all that crap on the hood is a visibility hazard.
 
4 days ago  

Dr. Nick Riviera: Wouldn't it be more efficient to just take a cooler full of vaccines plus a nurse or tech and just give the vaccine where the people are?  Less exposure for you and less back and forth.


Sure but they don't have any of those things.
People just doing what they can with what they have.
 
4 days ago  
"QUICKLY!  TO THE COVID-MOBILE!!!"

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4 days ago  
Just got J&J shot
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Dearborn Mi. Performing Arts Center.
 
4 days ago  
I was expecting something more like this, TBH:

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4 days ago  

KarmicDisaster: What a COVID car may look like.

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I can't decide if this means you read the article or it means you didn't read the article. Leaning towards the latter.
 
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151: Will they drive to Michigan? Asking for a me.


I've seen enough Michigan Farkers around that I think we could figure out some help if you're serious.

I for example am in Kent County. that may not help you though.
 
4 days ago  

Kit Fister: I was expecting something more like this, TBH:

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My thought as well.  I was surprised they were using a 2 door Fiat.

I mean, at least get a 4 door and put in separators.  You can pick up old crown vics pretty cheap these days.
 
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baorao: 151: Will they drive to Michigan? Asking for a me.

I've seen enough Michigan Farkers around that I think we could figure out some help if you're serious.

I for example am in Kent County. that may not help you though.


I appreciate that. I'm in livingston county, and the closest place is about 7 miles away, just not very e-bike friendly on the way there.

I'm going to wait until my SECOND infection with this farking virus has run it's course before going for the vaccine. But I do have a few people I can rely on, just have to figure out logistics with both our jobs and etc.

Maybe I'll get it a third time and I'll just BE the vaccine.
 
4 days ago  

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Dr. Nick Riviera: Wouldn't it be more efficient to just take a cooler full of vaccines plus a nurse or tech and just give the vaccine where the people are?  Less exposure for you and less back and forth.


...I'd get rid of the cars - just junk 'em, buy a bunch of coolers, take a few nurses, and GO TO WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE!!!

/ Thanks to you and Sam Kinison ;-)
 
4 days ago  
The first thing that will come to most peoples' minds when they hear that name is "a car where I'll get Covid". Try something like "vaccine van" or "immune wagon", anything but "Covid car".
 
4 days ago  

skyotter: The old fart in my (who is a blast at parties) thinks all that crap on the hood is a visibility hazard.


As someone who owns a Fiat 500, it's not in their sightline.  The seating position on a stock 500 is akin to driving down the road in a kitchen chair.  You sit up weirdly high.

akya: My thought as well.  I was surprised they were using a 2 door Fiat.

I mean, at least get a 4 door and put in separators.  You can pick up old crown vics pretty cheap these days.


The first time I saw this pop up on some of the Fiat groups that was my first thought.  It's the last car you want to try and cram people into.  I don't get into my 500 so much as put it on.
 
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It's to perpetuate the idea that individual acts of goodwill can solve systemic social problems.  That if every individual were just "nicer" to every other individual we wouldn't need any social programs or systemic change.

Often this stuff seems like it's put out by the proverbial orphan crushing industry that wants things to stay the same, or wants to minimize a major social problem.

"We don't need healthcare reform, Mrs. so and so baked cookies and got the bill paid! " for instance.

I remember reading the founder of go fund me saying he used to believe that.  He legitimately thought that the problem was people needing help just needed a way to be connected to the huge pool of individuals that could help them.

But after seeing the percentage on GoFundMe's that don't get a dime, or are severely underfunded (specifically emergency-level requests), he's changed his tune.  GoFundMe does do good.  But it is not a solution to systemic problems.

To put this in perspective with this story, imagine if Lyft or Uber took their existing and massive ride providing network and offered free rides?  What if the government provided free public transit for individuals needing to visit a vaccination site?

A single guy in a single car isn't going to solve this problem on his own. He is doing a good thing, for sure.  But solving this problem is going to require many more rides and many more cars then a single guy in a 2 door Fiat can provide.
 
4 days ago  
What a COVID car might look like.

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4 days ago  
I got my vaccines at a "super site" in a mall. There were at least 20 volunteers helping to direct people. Both times there was one with cheerleader pompoms to point out the exit after getting the vaccine. I tried to make a joke with her about how the pompoms should be covid plush dolls instead. But she did not understand what I was trying to say. I think the masks were interfering.  I had a paper and a cloth mask on.
Hey, I have lived to long to just get sick and die now.
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4 days ago  
I see them around my town occasionally. When I first saw the car, I was all "hey look, attention whores". Then I saw the sign and felt a little bad.

/But not too bad.
 
4 days ago  

akya: AppleOptionEsc: [Fark user image 425x362]

It's to perpetuate the idea that individual acts of goodwill can solve systemic social problems.  That if every individual were just "nicer" to every other individual we wouldn't need any social programs or systemic change.

Often this stuff seems like it's put out by the proverbial orphan crushing industry that wants things to stay the same, or wants to minimize a major social problem.

"We don't need healthcare reform, Mrs. so and so baked cookies and got the bill paid! " for instance.

I remember reading the founder of go fund me saying he used to believe that.  He legitimately thought that the problem was people needing help just needed a way to be connected to the huge pool of individuals that could help them.

But after seeing the percentage on GoFundMe's that don't get a dime, or are severely underfunded (specifically emergency-level requests), he's changed his tune.  GoFundMe does do good.  But it is not a solution to systemic problems.

To put this in perspective with this story, imagine if Lyft or Uber took their existing and massive ride providing network and offered free rides?  What if the government provided free public transit for individuals needing to visit a vaccination site?

A single guy in a single car isn't going to solve this problem on his own. He is doing a good thing, for sure.  But solving this problem is going to require many more rides and many more cars then a single guy in a 2 door Fiat can provide.


I'm pretty sure both Lyft and Uber have been offering discount codes to get to / from vaccine sites.
 
4 days ago  

Super Chronic: KarmicDisaster: What a COVID car may look like.

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I can't decide if this means you read the article or it means you didn't read the article. Leaning towards the latter.


Read the what now?
 
4 days ago  
I recently saw a much better version of this driving around the Chicago area recently.  Couldn't get a pic, but it looked really professionally done. VW Beetle with large COVID virus model on top (like 3ft diameter), painted Pepto Bismol pink. But absolutely no lettering or info on the sides to ID it.  Looked like it could have been part of a fleet, it was that good.
 
4 days ago  

Johnson: I recently saw a much better version of this driving around the Chicago area recently.  Couldn't get a pic, but it looked really professionally done. VW Beetle with large COVID virus model on top (like 3ft diameter), painted Pepto Bismol pink. But absolutely no lettering or info on the sides to ID it.  Looked like it could have been part of a fleet, it was that good.


Are you sure it wasn't a plumbus?
 
4 days ago  

moike: Johnson: I recently saw a much better version of this driving around the Chicago area recently.  Couldn't get a pic, but it looked really professionally done. VW Beetle with large COVID virus model on top (like 3ft diameter), painted Pepto Bismol pink. But absolutely no lettering or info on the sides to ID it.  Looked like it could have been part of a fleet, it was that good.

Are you sure it wasn't a plumbus?


mmmm.... close.  but no.
Appears it was one of these "Flu Bug" cars built in 2017:

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4 days ago  
I was going to make some snark asking if everything in the US relies on unpaid volunteers, but then I saw the photo and this is kind of adorable. The little decorations on top of the car!

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3 days ago  
Free Covid Ride?
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