I won’t be queuing up just yet

Recently, the New York Times ran an article, Find Your Place in the Line, where you could, by entering a few bits of information, find out when you might expect to get the Covid-19 vaccine in the United States. After indicating my age, general health, and the county I live in, I discovered that I probably should tamp down my enthusiasm a bit.

There are 118.5 million people ahead of me.

Although a final sequence hasn’t been determined yet, whatever it turns out to be, I know that I will have a wait. Healthcare workers, people in nursing homes, first responders, the elderly, and those with health risks will undoubtedly be vaccinated before me.

And that’s how it should be.

But, also according to the chart, standing behind me in this virtual line are essential workers, teachers, homeless, and prisoners. It seems that at least some of these folks should be able to cut in line.  

Don’t get me wrong, I really, really want this thing to be over. I want to see my friends without distancing or masks, I want to travel, eat in restaurants, attend events, and go about my life without masks or fear. If everyone could magically get the vaccine tomorrow, I’d do it. (OK, I’m lying… I’d probably wait a month or so just to make sure there weren’t any crazy side effects).

One of the drug companies, Pfizer, expects to have about 50 million doses available by the end of 2020. Since the vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart, that’s enough for 25 million people.

Did I mention that there are 118.5 million people in front of me? 

So, I won’t be putting my masks away any time soon nor will we book any non-refundable travel. But just knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel makes any inconvenience or sacrifice easier to bear. We’ve been at this for almost nine months now. A few—or more—additional months of playing it safe will help us all find our normal again.    

Author: Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com

My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

114 thoughts on “I won’t be queuing up just yet”

  1. You’re taking this very well. That’s a good thing to see, kudos! I’m very low risk so I’m okay with anyone who’s in “front of the line.” Take care 🙂

  2. It looks like it will be spring, at least, before I’m eligible for the vaccine, but I don’t go out much anyway, and even less in the winter. So I’ll just keep on keepin’ on until they call my name.

  3. When I first glanced at this I thought you were checking to see when you would get the VIRUS not the vaccine – LOL. I thought, oh good, she’s in no immediate danger. Then I read it more closely. I would much rather my vaccine go to the front line workers. I work from home anyway so staying inside a little while longer is no big deal to me.

  4. I am with you Janis, on essential workers first. Also, waiting awhile re side effects. I believe masks will be the way possibly indefinitely as new virus strains appear (“This is the way” Mandalorian) Take care and stay safe.

  5. Hi, Janis – I love your positive, balanced attitude about this. I’m also envious that you pretty much know where you stand in terms of the vaccine.
    Canadians are being told that the general Canadian population will not begin to see COVID vaccinations until April 2021. Here is our current rough timetable: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-covid-19-vaccine-rollout-in-canada-by-province-explainer.
    ‘See’ you tomorrow!

  6. I will get the vaccine when it becomes my turn, Janis. I’m probably right there in line with you. Since I’ve had a mild version of covid, I’m all about hoping that those who need it most get the vaccine quickly, like my 85-year old father with COPD, medical and essential caregivers, etc. Just because I joined the covid club doesn’t mean I’ve given up my mask and social distancing. If anything I’m more careful because I am somewhat run down from having it and dealing with our pending move. Glad you are staying well!

    1. I hope that your father, and those like him, are near the front of the line. Those of us who have the ability to keep ourselves safe and don’t need to work outside of the home can wait. I’m glad to know that you are still practicing safety, Terri, but sorry to hear that you are still experiencing side effects. This virus is nothing to take lightly.

  7. Janis, I’m looking forward to seeing a plan and some stats similar to Canada, but agree it will be a while for us. Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking of you the last few days as we were hunkering down in Indio doing nothing but hiking and eating take-out following the latest shut down rules.

  8. If you play around with the 3-4 inputs to that calculation, it really doesn’t make sense. I tried it being 64 and having health issues but I’m not a essential worker. I was at 23 mm before me. But i tired varying by 1 input – younger, older and I was still at 23 mm. I was shocked that if I put in that I was also a teacher or an essential but not health worker, i was further back in the queue not accelerated forward. I will be fine to take the vaccine if Fauci does so beforehand and if post-vaccine, you don’t hear about horrific side effects. But it is not an instantaneously solution if you look at the waste water studies which are a leading indicator of the extent of Covid-they show virus that people are shedding down the toilet before they have symptoms or a full blown case. The mountain graph of this is way more significant then the acceleration of disease we are seeing in the last month.

    1. I think many of us are cautiously optimistic. I’m sure there will be some side effects, and maybe serious ones for some, but upsides and downsides will have to be weighed (like choosing to drive a car even though some die in accidents). I remember reading about the virus shedding but had forgotten. I’ll have to look that up again. I’m not sure how exactly they came up with the vaccine sequence but I just looked at it as a dose of realism… it probably won’t happen anytime soon. Thanks for your great comment!

  9. I enjoyed reading your perspective, Janis. By age I may be one of the earlier ones in line, but I have absolutely no other reason to be prioritized. I will just be ready to jump in line when my number is called. It’s going to be a very interesting season. I’m enjoying the fact that at least there’s some hope we might be moving in the right direction!

  10. As a health care worker I will be further up in Canada’s line but my other half won’t so the same care will still be needed should we ever leave our property and interact with anyone as he will still be at risk. I am glad that there is a light at the end of the tunnel but we still have a ways to go and lots do guidelines to follow till then. Take care Janis.

    1. You brought up such an interesting point. I imagine there are lots of households where people in different risk categories live together. Hopefully the vaccine will provide decent protection to others but I’ve read that it hasn’t been proven yet one way or the other. So many unknowns still.

  11. Hello from semi-rural eastern Australia just south of Sydney. Am here for the first time and have found the conversation very interesting. As some of you may have read, at the moment we are virtually clear of the virus, most of the positives stemming from hotel quarantine situations of often infected people returning from overseas. We have experienced some of the harshest lockdown/curfew/heavy fine situations I believe in the world. They work. Lucky in that the government and health services have worked well together and also convinced the people to shut up and wait. Being medically trained I am glad I do not have to choose whether to be vaccinated at the moment or not – our National Senate sitting at the moment will not approve any of the vaccines until we see what happens up your way and in the UK. Am personally not so worried about the efficacy as about the long-term adverse effects previous hastily put together Sars jabs have caused. Methinks many of you think the same way. Oh, I have a fair few years on my back with an adverse medical history. best to all . . .

    1. Thank you for visiting and your great comment! I imagine you’ve been shaking your head quite a bit as you’ve observed the craziness in the U.S. With 4% of the world’s population and 25% of the cases, we obviously haven’t handled things well. Fingers are crossed that with the vaccine, some semblance of reasonableness will return. Like you, I am a bit concerned about long-tern effects, but I’ll get in line when my time comes… unless we start to see evidence of a problem. I guess being 118.5 millionth in line has its advantages.

  12. I must admit that I’m comfortable being next in line to you – so to speak – because I’m concerned about the side effects too. I lack understanding of the pharmaceutical process – the testing of a new drug and how quickly (or not) this is accomplished. I do understand that viruses morph so quickly that vaccines are soon ineffective. By the time you and I reach the head of the queue, will the vaccine be effective?

    Lots of questions, and lots of news announcements, but how do I piece it all together to make an informed decision? For now, I’m glad to be able to wait a bit longer.

    1. You are right about the unknowns. I have faith in science but scientists would be the first to admit they don’t know everything. My understanding is that this particular virus hasn’t mutated much so, hopefully, that won’t an issue… but who knows. If we get to stand in the line together, lets bring snacks and a bottle of champagne to share once vaccinated.

  13. I’m afraid to look at the timetable, but my guess is that I’ll be in line next to you. And it’s okay – I just want everyone who needs it most to get it ASAP, and the rest of us soon after. But I saw a doc on TV that said even those who get their vaccine should still wear a mask because the vaccine is supposed to be 90 or 95% effective, but you have to worry about the 5%. WHAT? How long, I wonder, will we still be wearing masks? Patience will be the HUGE word for 2021. xo

    1. I’ve seen those same reports about continuing to wear masks, handwashing, and social distancing into the future. I’m not sure exactly why either. If that’s the case, they need to do a much better job explaining the reasoning to the public. And even then, good luck… considering how many people can’t seem to comply now. Patience seems to be in short supply, unfortunately.

  14. Interesting. I tried to check it out but not being a subscriber couldn’t access it. I’m all for the folks they’ve listed as being before me. After waiting this long, I can wait a little longer. I have an assortment of masks, and I’m guessing I’ll be wearing them well into 2021. It has been fascinating to watch how people have responded to face covering mandates in order to slow the spread. Who knew there could be such rabid reactions. Mask on for me. 🙂 Stay well.

    1. I can wait also. I’m happy not to be at the end but I don’t need to be up front either. As crazy as some people have been up to this point, there’s no telling how it will be once the vaccinations start. I am fine waiting for my turn. The worst part about the masks for me is not being able to smile at others (or, at least them seeing my smile). I’ll be happy enough to put them away (for the next pandemic) when the time comes, but it really hasn’t been bad for us either.

  15. My husband’s work is the world of vaccines and disease testing. The past 9 months have been crazy busy for him and I’ve been on the receiving end for all his insights and opinions (of which he has many!). Let’s just say we will be queuing up with our sleeves rolled up whenever our turn comes.

      1. It’s both fascinating and makes my eyes glaze over. Science is definitely not my strong suit. Start talking microbiology and I start humming show tunes in my head.

        While these new vaccines feel like they have been rushed – and yes, the speed of getting approvals for these covid vaccines is nothing short of remarkable – ongoing testing of new ‘technologies’ for vaccines is constant – ie how the body’s immune system is stimulated to protect from the invader. The technologies that have been used for the new covid vaccines have been in development and testing for a few years.
        That’s why they’ve been able to respond so quickly with potential solutions.

        … and now I’ve used up the full extent of my scientific knowledge about vaccines 😏

  16. You’re probably higher up,than you think. A recent poll said that only 58% want the vaccine at all and I think it was half of those don’t want in within the first six months of use. So few want it, one person said you should get a 1500 stimulus check to be the front of the line. So we will see how that pans out

    1. You are probably right… sadly. I understand that some people really can’t (for various reasons) get vaccinated. That is the reason those of us who can, should. Like so many choices we make in life, it’s not just for us. 2020 was crazy in so many ways… 2021 could be nut-so too!

  17. My sentiments exactly, Janis. Based on the timeline our state published, it may well be July before I am able to get vaccinated, but the more people in my community who get vaccinated, the safer I’ll feel. Of course, when it’s my turn, I will definitely do my part. In the meantime, masks and social distancing continue. I feel sad about not seeing my extended family in person for Christmas, but am encouraged that by next year, we should be able to make up for it!

    1. From what I read, masks and social distancing could be a continuing request even after the vaccine… we’ll see what happens with that. I almost with we could get a tattoo on our foreheads once vaccinated so we could avoid those who haven’t been… but I guess that’s also a little creepy :). Parred down holiday celebrations this year should make for some pretty spectacular ones next year!

  18. Although I subscribe to The NY Times, I missed that article. Thanks for sharing. I too was surprised that I am ahead of teachers and other essential workers.

    I figure I’ll be thrilled if I get the vaccine by this summer.

    One thing that the app doesn’t consider is the number of anti-vaxxers there are in this country. I am happy to take their place in line, but not before the teachers and essential workers are taken care of.

    Sent from my iPhone

    1. I really feel sorry for those who are tasked with figuring out the vaccination sequence. Whatever decisions they make are guaranteed to irritate a good percentage of the population. Like you, I’m happy enough to wait behind the people who truly need it for their health, where they live, or the work they do. Have you been brave enough to make any travel plans for 2021 yet?

      1. You are so right! Seems like it doesn’t take much to irritate a segment of our population these days.

        We are scheduled to go to Morocco in October of 2021, Japan in late March 2022 and on a National Geo trip to the Arctic circle in June of 2022.
        Right now I’m optimistic that all three trips will happen. We also want to get to San Francisco to visit our son as soon as it is safe to travel.
        How about you?

  19. Yay! A post from Janis! And what a dozey – that photo manipulation is great, too.
    We stand agreed, once again on the state of affairs and our odd place in them.
    Stay strong. Stay safe. Oh, and Happy Holidays, too!
    😎

    1. Haha, I had fun with that picture! This may sound really odd, but I almost feel lucky to have lived during such a unique period of our world’s history (and I don’t mean that I survived – although that’s a good thing – I mean that I was able to experience it). Have a wonderful holiday also. Ours will be quiet, of course, but enjoyable.

      1. You mean the ‘Swine Flu’ monster shots back in the 70s? HA! Or Jonas Salk and those medicinal sugar cubes way earlier than that? Just kidding.
        Yeah, we’re all in the same pandemic, just different boats…sigh.

  20. Janis, I am encouraged that it will be earlier than the numbers reflect. There will be a lot who step aside and wait. I won’t be one of those. My daughter and her boyfriend (30 and 34) have booked travel to France in July – that might be optimistic on their part, but I have my fingers crossed for them.

  21. Janis, thanks for the update. i did read where women are more concerned about the rapidity of the roll out than men? Since women tend to be the primary health care takers in the family, I found that interesting. With that said, I am glad to see some progress on this front. But, we need to be mindful of any glitches down the road. Keith

    1. I think a lot of women have taken the brunt of extra work and hardships brought on by the pandemic. I can’t imagine how hard it is to juggle a job (if you are lucky enough to have one) and childcare, especially if you are single. I don’t doubt that there will be bumps in the rollout, but I do feel better that the new administration will be in charge.

  22. I’m even further back in the queue than you are. I looked at that placement several days ago and I’ve got 268. something million people ahead of me. Once they all get their vaccines I and everyone else still waiting should be a little more protected. I’ll wait patiently for my turn.

  23. Love the photo. 🙂 I’m just assuming I won’t be getting it until probably June or July of next year. If it’s sooner great, but I’m sort of expecting there to be delays. Already I can hear the bellyaching that will come from those demanding it NOW! – Marty

  24. Hi Janis, I feel like you do about the light at the end of the tunnel. But, I’m also concerned about side effects, and I don’t expect to get it until mid to late spring. Our family has been safe all year, very cautious, probably more cautious than some, and now our daughter and son-in-law have it. They don’t know how as they’ve taken all the precautionary measures. It’s scary and I hate feeling helpless. They’re across country, and even if we were closer in geography, we still wouldn’t be able to see them. That’s the heartbreaking circumstance that so many have endured this year. Anyway, it seems they both have mild cases, which is good, so we’re praying for their smooth recovery very, very soon. Take care and stay well, too. 💗

    1. I’m so sorry about your daughter and son-in-law! I hope they are able to get through it with no long-lasting impacts to their health. I think waiting a bit before getting the vaccine is fine. I don’t need to be first in line… or last. Take care of yourself and best wishes to your family.

  25. I’m with you. I won’t be volunteering to get the vaccine early on. I’m not at high risk, health wise, and not suffering financially.
    We didn’t qualify for the H1N1 vaccine until the next flu season because our age group (0ver 65) was deemed less at risk because we had probably been exposed to that virus.

  26. I agree with you on all fronts. I can be patient for my turn and even after the vaccine is widespread, will still be taking precautions. I think we’re all more germ-conscious these days.

  27. Despite sheltering in place since early March, I contracted the virus in late March. I am relatively young—41–and, though I have some health issues, I am relatively healthy. It was nightmarish and took months for me to fully recover. I am more than happy to do whatever necessary to hold the line and put the most vulnerable first, as I don’t want another soul to experience what I did. Thank you for this piece and the heart behind it, Janice.

    1. I’m so sorry that you got it and that it took such a toll on you. I’m beyond disappointed at those who continue to say – despite all evidence to the contrary – that it isn’t a big deal. Even those with relatively minor symptoms sometimes experience long-term effects. I’m glad that you have fully recovered.

  28. For the first time ever I’m wondering if I’m considered elderly. I’m in a risk category but I doubt I’ll be high on the list. I’ll be ready when my number is called. Most likely my husband will be called first.

  29. Thanks for the name of the article. I had heard about it, but this allowed me to find it and run myself and hubby, and I also looked for my 87 year old mom. Kinda interesting that location impacts it a lot. I’m still trying to determine if I personally ‘qualify’ on the health risk or not… given my personal health situation. My husband is definitely at-risk, so I’ve been super careful as well, since I certainly do not want to bring it home to him. The difference for me would be 230 million people in line. I am all for putting health care workers and the elderly first…. but number 268 million for me is daunting.

    1. I imagine that the process will start slowly and we can expect more than a few bumps. Then, as the production ramps up and the logistics are ironed out, things will speed up. I have a pre-existing condition too, but since the illness was a long time ago, I assumed that it wouldn’t impact my place in line. I wonder who will make those decisions?

    1. I hope so too! That will make such a huge difference in her happiness and peace of mind. I wonder how they will handle situations like yours (as I assume there are many) where one person gets a vaccine early, but the others in the same group or family have to wait.

  30. Wow, I got the same number. We must be standing beside each other in that line and I’m fine with that. I was surprised to see teachers and the others you mentioned behind us. I agree that people with more exposure should be able to move up in front. I’m hoping I’ll get it by July so I can finally visit my daughter in LA. (Loved the vintage photo. I stood in line for the sugar cube polio vaccine in elementary school.)

    1. I think many of us have our post-vaccine dreams and feel that we can actually start to kind-of, sort-of plan for them. For us, no non-refundable tickets just yet, but at least we are looking at possible travel locations and itineraries. I hope your plans to visit your daughter works out!

  31. This is a great post—and so many interesting responses! I’m in exactly the same place as you are in line (can I join the party with others who will be there, too? I like your idea of champagne. :-))

    I’m in the situation of having to make the decision by tomorrow as to whether or not my 90-year old mother in an assisted living facility should get the vaccine. Because she has dementia, she isn’t able to make the decision for herself. Although I would prefer more data about any side effects, I’m electing to have her be given the vaccine. Obviously, I’m not too concerned about long term side effects at her age, but I want her to be protected and to protect the other residents.

    As you and so many others have said, I would like to see other essential workers move ahead of me in the vaccine line. As far as masks, I’ll continue wearing one indefinitely, even after I get the vaccine. It’s hard to imagine going to the grocery store without one.

    1. We are going to have such fun in line!
      I can’t imagine having to make that decision for your mom. From what I’ve read, any side effects have been pretty minimal… things like sore arms and sluggishness for a day or so. I remember when my husband had the new shingles vaccine, vs. when I did. No issues for me, but he felt fluish for about a day and a half. Unfortunately, no one warned him it could happen so he was a bit worried at first. It all went a way though so no issues.
      I’ll probably be wearing my mask for a while too.

  32. 118 million? Oh. My. Flipping. Goodness. Those numbers! They haven’t approved the vaccine here in Australia yet, but at present we have no community transmission – our only cases are (at the moment) returned travellers in hotel quarantine. When it does come it will be aged care and vulnerable people & essential workers I suspect.

    1. We’ll be your guinea pigs, just like those 118.5 million people ahead of me will be! It saddens me so much that we couldn’t get our sh*t together enough at the beginning to bring the transmission rates down. I hope it stays low for you (and I don’t see any reason it wouldn’t).

  33. You’re actually much closer to the vaccine than you realize. I figure there are 74 million supporters of you-know-who, that should be placed at the end of the line, and perhaps 2/3s of them will refuse it when offered anyway. Then reduce the remaining numbers by everyone under age 18 who may never get it as it’s not a necessity for them, so you should be getting your shots by early January.

  34. Janis I am not sure I would get the vaccine even if I could. It feels like it is too soon to know if it is either effective but more importantly whether there are side effects, temporary and long term, or not. Of course we won’t know the answers within a month of people starting to get vaccines, it may take years to know with sufficient certainty.

    I certainly understand and appreciate the desire to return to the former normal but am dubious that the vaccine will get us there. More likely there will be a new “normal” .. vaccine or not. Here in most parts of Mexico that we have driven through, people wear their masks out on the street while walking anywhere, not just in stores and restaurants. And then.. we got to Tulum and were actually shocked at the nonchallence and non mask wearing by visitors. Only the waiters were masked up. Who are all these people? Well it seems like the majority, at least as far as we could tell judging by accents, are American.

    Very interesting all of this to be sure and your post is very timely as the first vaccine we read was given today to a nurse in New York.

    Peta & Ben

    1. I agree that we may not know 100% about side effects for a long time. My decision to get the vaccine when offered is based on prior vaccines that this one was developed from. But, again, I’m happy enough to be somewhere in the middle or towards the end. What will become “normal” once enough of us are vaccinated will be interesting. Many will rip off their masks (at least, those who were wearing one) and mingle freely, others – including many scientists – are more circumspect and say they plan to were masks and take other precautions for a long time.

  35. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out for sure. I’m planning to get the vaccine, but I have no problem waiting behind the health care workers, first responders, elderly, etc. I do think that as the numbers go down as more people get vaccinated, that will help us open up again.

    I hadn’t heard reports about people being expected to keep wearing masks and social distancing forever! That’s not going to happen, nor should it.

    1. Yes, I found it interesting to read that many epidemiologists are planning to continue wearing masks and social distancing for the foreseeable future. I don’t think it will be the norm – nor will it be expected – but I do find their personal caution to be of concern.

  36. Janis, that was an interesting fact on where exactly you are in line. I didn’t know of that story and I’m going to search for it … especially since we’re about the same age. I’m like you and am willing to get the vaccine, but would not rush to get it today if it was available as I’d wait to see what wonky side effects come from the shot(s) – especially part two, which I guess has a little more kick to it and causes a general feeling of malaise the next day. Though we would have had the polio vaccine come out before we were born, I understand there was hesitation back then as well. I really like how you superimposed your photo in with the queue of children – very clever! P.S. – I am behind 268.7 million in the U.S. – I guess less now that the vaccine rolled out earlier today.

    1. It will be interesting as we watch the process, won’t it? The first several will be a big deal, than I expect they will become more routine. I’m happy enough to wait in line, and even let a few go ahead of me. I wonder why you were further back (unless they changed the priority since I looked, like put teachers ahead, as they should be).

      1. Yes it will be interesting Janis and I’m content to wait a while as well and I’m also content to keep the mask-wearing even after that until the stats are much lower. I agree that teachers should be put ahead too. I’m not sure why I was so far behind you but perhaps California’s stats are higher so that is a factor. We passed 10,000 deaths last week and our flags are at half mast for ten days … one day for each 1,000 persons who have died.

  37. You’re the first one (that I know of) to blog about the vaccine, Janis! All true statements and sentiments I agree with.

    When we read the first articles about the vaccine being available, we tried to figure out during which fase Mark’s parents (84 and 90) would be eligible. It would take a while. What surprised us most was that people with at least two of conditions out of a list including smoking and obesity could jump the line…

    Since Mark and my life hasn’t changed too much and we know so many people are at a higher risk, we are happy to “wait” until the end of the line. That being said, people who don’t believe there’s a pandemic shouldn’t have a problem being at the end of the line either…

    1. I figure that if we get it by early to mid summer, we’ll be fine. We are ok living a careful life until then… but we would like to travel again at some point. Since the vaccines are given in two doses about 28 days apart, we want to make sure we get the first one with plenty of time for the second one before we take off. I’m going to look into the “conditions” you mentioned We don’t smoke or are we obese but I might have other issues that could move me up.

  38. There are 260+ million ahead of me! I checked the same calculator as you. I just saw that a second vaccine received the go-ahead today. I think it will be March or April (at least) until I get one, but I will as soon as I am able.

    1. March or April would be great! I guess we don’t know how long the vaccine will last and aren’t yet certain about possible mutations, so I still see cautions about going completely back to “normal” just because we get the vaccine. It should be interesting…

  39. I haven’t plugged my name in to see where I fall in the line-up, but it was my understanding that first responders, assisted living residents & employees, public servants, would come first. Then, there are the myriad age/condition requirements that will determine where I end up in line. Since the GOP-lead Idaho legislature is slated to go to work in early January in crowded conditions, I think all of those people should come ahead of me, as I don’t HAVE to be anywhere or near anyone. I figure it will be late summer to fall before my time comes. But I am very happy to know that there is light peeking through the crack in the tunnel. Just having Idaho’s surge calm down would be a blessing.

  40. Hi Janis. Because of the delivery schedule of the Pfizer vaccine to Canada, we are getting off to a slower start with the mass vaccination schedule than you are in the USA. Also, the Moderna vaccine has not yet been approved by Health Canada, although its approval appears imminent. Our infectious disease specialists in Canada predict that optimistically, everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be able to receive it by September 2021, and conservatively, by the end of 2021. Rob and I will line up eagerly as soon as our number is called.

    Interestingly, back last summer, our federal government ordered millions of doses of many of the vaccines under development, far more than will be needed for the entire population of Canada if all of them end up being effective and approved. There was some concern about vaccine hoarding, given the huge need for access to this vaccine all over the world, but I have recently read that Canada will be donating excess dosages to developing countries.

    Jude

    1. I’m glad to hear that Canada will be well-supplied. Hopefully you can get vaccinated before August :)! It warms my heart that your government plans to donate excess dosages to those most in need. Our current administration probably would hoard out of spite. Starting January 21, empathy and kindness will return to the White House.

  41. Hi Janis! wow….so how did I miss this one. Are you not popping up on my FB??? I can see from Jude’s comment that I’m not the only last minute check in. 🙂 And I LOVE that graphic. Doesn’t that speak to the issue of all the anti-vaxxers thes days? You KNOW I will be lined up to get it once those on the front lines and most needed get theirs. And yes to summertime! ~Kathy

    1. I’m glad you stopped by and commented! I don’t link to FB so I wouldn’t show up there. I’m crossing my fingers for late spring/early summer. We need enough time to get our double dose plus a few weeks for it to fully kick in. I know several people who can’t get the vaccine so those who can need to step up and roll up their sleeves.

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