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Offline Minimal4me

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Vaccines Are Here!
« on: January 07, 2021, 11:07:32 AM »
"We have thousands of appointments currently available," says the New York City health commissioner of vaccine appointments for those eligible.

Thousands!

To our beloved neighborhood restaurant folks, here are the places to get a vaccine, if you're eligible:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-locations.page



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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2021, 11:43:59 AM »
Please note that restaurant workers are NOT eligible for vaccination at this time. Do NOT make an appointment if you do not qualify.

Eligibility
The following groups are now eligible for vaccine:

Health Care Workers
• High-risk health care workers in hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) psychiatric centers
• High-risk health care workers who provide direct in-person care in outpatient/ambulatory settings and other staff in these settings who have direct contact with patients (such as reception staff); this group includes workers in private or hospital-affiliated medical practices, specialty medical practices, public health clinics, dental practices and diagnostic and treatment centers; phlebotomists; dialysis workers; occupational therapists; physical therapists; speech therapists; behavioral health workers; and student health workers
• Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel
• Urgent care providers
• Health care workers administering COVID-19 vaccines
• Health care workers in COVID-19 testing sites
• Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers.

Residents and Staff in Certain Group Living Facilities
• Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, adult care facilities
• Long-term group living facilities run by NYS OMH, Office People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Other Eligible Groups
• Medical examiners and coroners
• Funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids
• Frontline, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients or handle COVID-19 specimens or vaccinations

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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2021, 12:03:05 PM »
Oh, Thank you Steven. I didn't know that. And quite frankly, that sucks!

Please note that restaurant workers are NOT eligible for vaccination at this time. Do NOT make an appointment if you do not qualify.

Eligibility
The following groups are now eligible for vaccine:

Health Care Workers
• High-risk health care workers in hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) psychiatric centers
• High-risk health care workers who provide direct in-person care in outpatient/ambulatory settings and other staff in these settings who have direct contact with patients (such as reception staff); this group includes workers in private or hospital-affiliated medical practices, specialty medical practices, public health clinics, dental practices and diagnostic and treatment centers; phlebotomists; dialysis workers; occupational therapists; physical therapists; speech therapists; behavioral health workers; and student health workers
• Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel
• Urgent care providers
• Health care workers administering COVID-19 vaccines
• Health care workers in COVID-19 testing sites
• Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers.

Residents and Staff in Certain Group Living Facilities
• Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, adult care facilities
• Long-term group living facilities run by NYS OMH, Office People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Addiction Services and Supports

Other Eligible Groups
• Medical examiners and coroners
• Funeral workers who have direct contact with infectious material and bodily fluids
• Frontline, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients or handle COVID-19 specimens or vaccinations

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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2021, 12:59:41 PM »
 Have you heard that some vaccines are being thrown away because they do not have enough eligible people available to vaccinate within the time frame that the open package of vaccines is good? On NPR today, there was talk of these being thrown out!! Could there be a wait list type of thing where you can get a last minute call that if you get here within say 30-60 minutes, you could get a vaccine that might otherwise be discarded? I would be there in a nano second.

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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2021, 08:18:35 PM »
Next Eligible Groups
The following groups will be eligible starting on Monday, January 11. These groups can start making vaccination appointments now for dates on or after January 11.

• Teachers and education workers
• First responders
• Public safety workers
• Public transit workers
People ages 75 and older

More groups will become eligible in the coming weeks.

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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2021, 10:20:47 AM »
Next Eligible Groups
The following groups will be eligible starting on Monday, January 11. These groups can start making vaccination appointments now for dates on or after January 11.

• Teachers and education workers
• First responders
• Public safety workers
• Public transit workers
People ages 75 and older

More groups will become eligible in the coming weeks.

It is a total disgrace that the vaccine is being distributed without any urgency.  The seasonal flu shot is distributed better.   

Even the website is set up badly. You have to put in all of your information and then it tells you there are no available appointments. 

We need 24/7 distribution at many centers.  Act as if people are dying for it. 

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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2021, 11:54:29 AM »
Apparently this phase lasts 14 weeks.

3.5 months.

That takes us into May before others can be vaccinated.

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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2021, 03:55:06 PM »
There are no appointments in Jackson Heights until after the 24th of January although I have no idea whether it will continue to be difficult after that date. Why not make the system 24/7? The system seems to lack urgency and how people without a computer or computer skills will cope with it is anyone's guess.
One of my earliest memories is the smallpox scare in the 1940s when my mother took us (my brother and me)to Junction Blvd to the Health Station there-it still exists by the way-for our smallpox inoculation. No computer sign-ups, just a manageable wait on line. So unlike the present complexity.

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Re: Vaccines Are Here!
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2021, 11:55:16 PM »
Don't go back that far.

I remember, as a kid in the polio fifties, an ad in the local paper and hundreds were lined up at the Dept of Health Van.

No appointment, no forms, no payment, no insurance.

Just done.

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Coronavirus vaccine available at local Rite-Aid by personal request
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2021, 08:19:11 PM »
I want to share this amazing local resource. After all vaccine sites online including Rite-Aid's listed NO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE for days and continuing, last Wednesday I went to the prescription drop-off window at Rite-Aid on 37th (84th-85th) and asked for an appointment for the coronavirus vaccine. I am eligible per my age. To my shock, I was given one for two days later, Friday, and then they called that morning to ask if I would like to come in earlier than my 7:45pm appointment. So I got it, plus an appointment at the same day/time four weeks later for the second dose.  It is the Modena vaccine.  A sore arm for a day, and the next day absolutely fatigued and achy. Then, after a good sleep, feel fine. No prescription for the vaccine needed. 

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Re: Coronavirus vaccine available at local Rite-Aid by personal request
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2021, 10:41:03 PM »
I assume you're talking about the RiteAid on 37th Ave and 82nd and  83rd St?

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Volunteer Vaccinators?
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2021, 03:04:13 AM »
I would like to volunteer as a vaccinator.

The objective is to safely get this vaccine to as many as possible as quickly as possible; especially in our neighborhood. NYS DOH seems to only want people with at least some minimal connection to the health field. That is not me.

It seems to me that diabetics everywhere are trained to self inject their own meds. Is there any reason why someone like me can't also be trained and supervised? It's not brain surgery and this is a war to save lives. I would even be willing to bring it to our shut in neighbors. I'm sure everyone reading this is now having some litigious thoughts. But I would like to see our medical professional's time freed up to do more important things. And the only compensation I want is a smile and to keep seeing all of your good advice and your complaints here.  ;D  ;)
I also channel Gladys Gilbert!

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Re: Volunteer Vaccinators?
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2021, 10:03:34 AM »
I had the first shot last week at Newton High School in Elmhurst. It was abundantly staffed by professionals waiting to give injections. The problem was a lack of vaccines, not staff. There were few people steadily coming in for their appointments timed 15 minutes apart. There was no wait time.

Perhaps if the supply becomes steadily available in a large volume they may need people. Don’t forget many doctors in this area are still not in their offices and are available to do this work. 

Perhaps you could call 311 and ask if they have a volunteer list.


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Re: Volunteer Vaccinators?
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2021, 10:35:35 AM »
This is a kind gesture but vaccine administration is highly regulated by the NYSDOH. You must be a qualified health professional in order to administer vaccines.  Cuomo has expanded the list of qualified professions that can vaccinate (includes health professions students) but a lay person who knows how to self-inject is not among the categories.  Vaccination sites must also have a person certified in CPR on site while vaccinations are being administered. (Please see this link for details:
https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/vaccination-training) The vaccine also has tightly regulated storage requirements (e.g. hours it must be used within after being thawed) and losing that "chain of custody" over the vaccine by having lay people carry their own vials to people's homes has the potential to result in people receiving spoiled vaccine.

I do think some sites would welcome volunteers who could assist with registering people arriving for their appointments. You could also assist in helping elderly and/or disabled neighbors with appointment scheduling, transportation, and so on.

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Re: Coronavirus vaccine available at local Rite-Aid by personal request
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2021, 10:47:10 AM »
Yes, Rite-Aid on 37th (82-83rd) sorry for the confusion.

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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2021, 10:47:10 AM »