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2021-12-03 11:07:27 AM  
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It turns out Republicans are so dumb you can prove it with science!
 
2021-12-03 11:13:50 AM  
No one 'wants' a booster.

They just prefer a needle in the arm to a tube down the throat.
 
2021-12-03 11:15:30 AM  
I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.
 
2021-12-03 11:26:26 AM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


My initial shots were scheduled weeks in advance.  I went to get my booster and I got in line for two hours.  No appointments.
 
2021-12-03 11:37:36 AM  

enry: JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.

My initial shots were scheduled weeks in advance.  I went to get my booster and I got in line for two hours.  No appointments.


I went to a mass-vax site for my first two in May and that took about 20 minutes of waiting in line each time.  Yesterday, I went to a small walk-in clinic (much closer to home) for my booster and it was about the same.
 
2021-12-03 11:44:44 AM  
I bought my booster out of some guy's trenchcoat in a dark alley.  I guess that explains why the walls were melting and singing songs to me for two days after I injected myself.
 
2021-12-03 12:13:09 PM  

markie_farkie: I bought my booster out of some guy's trenchcoat in a dark alley.  I guess that explains why the walls were melting and singing songs to me for two days after I injected myself.


All I got was uncontrollable shivers for a while and then a slight fever.

Your booster sounds way cooler than mine.
 
2021-12-03 12:31:33 PM  
What's the big deal, their DNA has already been altered and if the tracker isn't recharged it is just going to corrode and that's not healthy.
 
2021-12-03 12:36:28 PM  

Chariset: No one 'wants' a booster.

They just prefer a needle in the arm to a tube down the throat.


Also, I honestly would rather have 100 shots than that test where they stick that swab up your nose to the back of your skull.
 
2021-12-03 1:58:35 PM  
I am not a Democrat. I have 3.

/dumb people come in all flavors, see South Africa
 
MFK
2021-12-03 1:58:46 PM  
Good. I hope they all die
 
2021-12-03 2:00:03 PM  
As a diabetic and someone who jabs themselves with a needle several times a day every single day, I can confidently and authoritatively state that these crybabies are little pantywaists and should be lined up and slapped soundly across the mouth with a fish.
 
2021-12-03 2:01:07 PM  
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2021-12-03 2:01:20 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


I went to a drive thru site, no line, no appt, no insurance, just an id and vax card and was done in less than 5m. My area (metro Atlanta) is pretty good at this.
 
MFK
2021-12-03 2:01:24 PM  

SpectroBoy: [Fark user image image 548x815]


It turns out Republicans are so dumb you can prove it with science!


The thing about the deaths that's so nuts too is that in the coastal blue states, we got hammered early on in 2020 because there were no tests or treatments in the early days so the death rates were much higher. The drop would be even more stark you looked at data from Jan -nov 2021
 
2021-12-03 2:01:33 PM  

mrshowrules: Chariset: No one 'wants' a booster.

They just prefer a needle in the arm to a tube down the throat.

Also, I honestly would rather have 100 shots than that test where they stick that swab up your nose to the back of your skull.


I must have a large nose or something.. that swab doesn't bother me at all.
 
2021-12-03 2:01:34 PM  
Herd immunity thinning.

/It's good to be thin!
 
2021-12-03 2:02:36 PM  
'...slightly better..."? How is twice the percentage 'slightly better'?
 
2021-12-03 2:02:42 PM  
I've already made an appointment for the booster, but because I can't get it until 6 months to the day I have to wait until next week.

Just in time for Christmas, at least...
=Smidge=
 
2021-12-03 2:02:51 PM  

Chariset: No one 'wants' a booster.

They just prefer a needle in the arm to a tube down the throat.


This.

Although my wife and my female friend don't mind a friendly jab from myself.
 
2021-12-03 2:02:53 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


Local areas are handling the booster distributions wildly differently. Over in Atlanta, you can just walk into any pharmacy and after a quick form they jab you (can also get your flu shot while you are at it) and you are on your way.
 
2021-12-03 2:02:55 PM  

SpectroBoy: [Fark user image 548x815]


It turns out Republicans are so dumb you can prove it with science!


Would be nice if that was significant enough to change the outcome of the elections for the better.
 
2021-12-03 2:04:01 PM  

JessieL: Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


I live in a small town (less than 15k) on the coast of Texas. I made my appointment this morning through the HEB website.

I'll have my booster within 30 mins of this post.

Walgreens' website told me I had to wait until the 24th.
 
2021-12-03 2:04:42 PM  
I 100% don't want a booster. The day I am due for it I won't be able to eat in the morning because I will be so nervous I can't keep anything down.

And yet I absolutely will get it as soon as I am able to because I am not an idiot. But they are currently limited to high risk groups here with generally availability expected in January some time.
 
2021-12-03 2:05:46 PM  
This could be bad... for Biden.
 
2021-12-03 2:06:03 PM  
Got my Pfizer booster yesterday after my initial J&J jab in March. Was worried about side effects, but it turns out I was a bit lightheaded and felt kind of drunk for about 2 hours after getting it, but that's it. No soreness today or anything.

I'd say that was a win-win!
 
2021-12-03 2:06:22 PM  
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2021-12-03 2:06:26 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


They announced "boosters available for all" on the 19th. I went online on the morning of the 20th and was able to make my appointment online for that afternoon at my pharmacy (Walmart). I went in about 10 minutes early, said I had a booster appointment. They looked me up, and only needed my driver's license and vax card. Had to wait about 10 minutes for the shot and the 15 for reaction observation.

Almost exactly 24 hours later, the fatigue hit and some chills and I napped for about an hour or so and was basically o.k.  Mine was Moderna. I had to drive 70+ miles to a rural health department to get my original shots in March and April.

Just spoke to my wife. She and our daughter went to try to get theirs (Pfizer) this morning and they were out. I didn't ask where, but knowing my wife, she did a walk-in. She was told they should restock this afternoon.
 
2021-12-03 2:06:29 PM  
More of this, please
 
2021-12-03 2:07:51 PM  
Republican voters.  Elected Republicans probably got the booster before it was available to any plebs.
 
2021-12-03 2:08:35 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


its just your area. I was able to walk into a harris teeter 3 months ago and no questions asked, no wait get a 3rd shot.
 
2021-12-03 2:09:08 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


I think it's a combination of a few factors. One, boosters are now open to all adults. Two, booster timing is 6 months (or two months for J&J), which means that there's lots more people eligible at once than there were with the initial shots. Three, people are in a rush to get boosted before the holidays so they can feel safer traveling to see family etc. And fourth, the recent eligibility of kids to be vaxxed further crowds the eligibility pool.

The lack of mass-vax sites now doesn't help, but this is balanced somewhat by far more providers being able to offer shots.

My first two doses I drove like 30 miles for because that's where I could get an appointment. For my booster, I went to a pharmacy down the street from where I live. I didn't have any trouble getting an appointment, but that was also pretty early in booster availability.

They apparently scheduled about 5 or 6 people in the same time slot, because I ended up in a waiting room with a bunch of other people before the pharmacist was ready to go.
 
2021-12-03 2:09:44 PM  
"Tell me, Gandalf. What does the Elvish on the One Ring say?"
"What does it matter?" mumbled the ancient wizard, though he reached into his robes and drew out a magnifying lens, nonetheless, and examined its glittering gold. "Hm," he said. "I ... I never realised that."
"What, oh Gandalf? What does message of Sauron does the One Ring bear?"
The wizard returned his lens to his robes, and the ring back to Frodo.
"It says that it is all about dat phat ass."
"Groovy," said Frodo. "Then my dreams..?"
"Prophecy, young Hobbit. There will be much phat ass in your future."
 
2021-12-03 2:10:03 PM  

fringedmyotis: '...slightly better..."? How is twice the percentage 'slightly better'?


"if 1 is good, then 2 is B3TT4R!!!"
 
2021-12-03 2:10:53 PM  
So Republicans, who were reluctant to do ANYTHING to address the problem, think that a simple one-time action is going to solve the problem forever?

I am surprised. They've never demonstrated such a facile understanding of government or society before.
 
2021-12-03 2:10:54 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


I was able to make my appointment and get my booster an hour later at Walgreens
 
2021-12-03 2:10:57 PM  
Well they've made a partisan pariah out of all things Public Health so this comes as no surprise
 
2021-12-03 2:11:16 PM  

Bot v2.38beta: JessieL: Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.

I live in a small town (less than 15k) on the coast of Texas. I made my appointment this morning through the HEB website.

I'll have my booster within 30 mins of this post.

Walgreens' website told me I had to wait until the 24th.


Huh, going to Walgreen's Saturday for mine and the better half's boosters.  Appointments were no problem, just had to find a day that fit our schedules.

/My chips have been flashing the low battery signs.
 
2021-12-03 2:11:34 PM  

Chariset: No one 'wants' a booster.

They just prefer a needle in the arm to a tube down the throat.


That depends on how you define 'want.' No one wants it in the way they want a slice of cake or something, but most intelligent people want to do things that will keep them healthy or prevent illness.

So yes when it was determined it was important, I wanted the booster and got it as soon as I could.
 
2021-12-03 2:12:02 PM  

SirGunslinger: JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.

Local areas are handling the booster distributions wildly differently. Over in Atlanta, you can just walk into any pharmacy and after a quick form they jab you (can also get your flu shot while you are at it) and you are on your way.


So, why are pharmacies in some places failing to do it the same?

I don't understand how Michigan CVS and Walmart have no trouble but Arizona ones do. Are states blocking access to vaccines? Do some states simply have massive differences in pharmacists per capita?
 
2021-12-03 2:13:06 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


Nope, I am in CT and for me it's really CVS and walgreens doing the shots around here and they have the most worthless scheduling site I've ever seen. On top of that I dont feel that the advertising the fact that the booster is available for all age groups wasnt really there until the Omicron variant popped up. Add the fact that there was shifting guidance on who should get the booster I didnt even realize it was available to me until i went out of my way to google it.

However if you have a Costco membership they seem to be much better at scheduling and are taking walk ins, at least near me
 
2021-12-03 2:14:36 PM  

Unobtanium: JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.

They announced "boosters available for all" on the 19th. I went online on the morning of the 20th and was able to make my appointment online for that afternoon at my pharmacy (Walmart). I went in about 10 minutes early, said I had a booster appointment. They looked me up, and only needed my driver's license and vax card. Had to wait about 10 minutes for the shot and the 15 for reaction observation.

Almost exactly 24 hours later, the fatigue hit and some chills and I napped for about an hour or so and was basically o.k.  Mine was Moderna. I had to drive 70+ miles to a rural health department to get my original shots in March and April.

Just spoke to my wife. She and our daughter went to try to get theirs (Pfizer) this morning and they were out. I didn't ask where, but knowing my wife, she did a walk-in. She was told they should restock this afternoon.


Pfizer here.
I wanted to get my booster from UCHealth because that's where I got the first two and I like the traceability. I _think_ it would have been easy enough to get a walk-in someplace.
Had to make the appointment a couple weeks in advance, and had to go to Loveland for it (Wednesday night). Personnel there told me it's a staffing issue.
Woke up this morning joint achy, head achy, mild fever/chills, etc. Would do it again.
 
2021-12-03 2:14:39 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


I scheduled an appointment at CVS for my booster and my flu shot. The longest part was waiting 15 minutes afterwards like they asked me too. Obviously, YMMV....
 
2021-12-03 2:15:52 PM  

JessieL: I'm just surprised what a pain it's been to get a booster compared with how it was getting the first two shots.

It should be a simple walk-in thing at this point - show them your vaccine card and get stuck.

Instead you have to book an appointment at a pharmacy a week+ out, provide all your insurance information (even if it's your regular pharmacy that has all that), do the whole questionnaire about possible adverse reaction (despite the fact that you've already had the same vaccine twice, earlier this year), etc.

And then they tell you to show up 15 minutes early and wait around until 10 minutes after your appointment time before anyone sees you.

Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.


Made my appointment at 10 today. Found a slot at noon 5 minutes away. Got it over lunch. Took 40 minutes all told. But it was quicker the first two times.

Oh, and I feel just fi--

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2021-12-03 2:15:55 PM  
A pandemic consists of two things: a disease and a disease transport system. People are the transport system. We aren't merely the targets. We're also the transmission.

Why has that gotten lost?
 
2021-12-03 2:16:09 PM  

Loki009: Nope, I am in CT and for me it's really CVS and walgreens doing the shots around here and they have the most worthless scheduling site I've ever seen.


CVS has the same site regardless of state. It took about ten minutes for me.

What issues did you have?
 
2021-12-03 2:16:17 PM  
To be fair, booster shots for the general public (non-compromised, non-risk-group, etc.) has only been a thing for exactly two weeks (11/19).

I made my appointment as soon as I was able, and due to availability/demand, it won't happen until next week.

Any data collected today that's used to generalize about how many people from Group A or Group B are getting the booster is... frankly crap.
 
2021-12-03 2:16:43 PM  

xtalman: Bot v2.38beta: JessieL: Maybe my area is just shiatty at this.

I live in a small town (less than 15k) on the coast of Texas. I made my appointment this morning through the HEB website.

I'll have my booster within 30 mins of this post.

Walgreens' website told me I had to wait until the 24th.

Huh, going to Walgreen's Saturday for mine and the better half's boosters.  Appointments were no problem, just had to find a day that fit our schedules.

/My chips have been flashing the low battery signs.


I will side with Bot in that my sister has to wait until 22nd. My guess is that if you live in an area with "higher uptake" as far as the vaccine, there is likely a higher demand for the booster as well. That could easily cause a line for boosters. That's not a bad thing, just means a lot of people not wanting to wait to get the booster.
 
2021-12-03 2:17:09 PM  
Getting my third jab on the 7th.
 
2021-12-03 2:17:18 PM  
I think some people missed their political science class and never figured out it doesn't mean like... lab science...
 
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