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charliem

Member since May 2018 • Last active Apr 2021
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  • in COVID-19
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    It’s such a rubbish article! From what they can prove, 11 hospitalisations amongst 2.9 million vaccinated people, and they can’t even be sure the infections didn’t originate before they had both doses - this in a state that has 700,000 active covid cases. The headline should read “vaccination a massive success, better than trial data”...

  • in COVID-19
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    Yeah based purely on the demographics of my icu (people who can’t work from home, basically), to me it’s very much workplace spread that is the issue. I’m sure young people breaking lockdown & schools going back too early plays a big role in spreading it to other demographics but I think the demonisation of “lockdown breaking” as driving wave 2 really brutally maligns the people who are actually dying of this disease.

  • in COVID-19
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    Managed to get my dad booked in, great stuff. Looked like it was mostly pharmacies that were available near him, presumably they're rolling the AZ vaccine out through those.

  • in COVID-19
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    Heard the Welsh first minister on Today this morning defending an absolutely brain meltingly stupid decision on their vaccine programme.

    Apparently they have a limited stock of Pfizer (another delivery next month) so have deliberately slowed the pace of administration to stretch it until the next shipment “because we don’t want our vaccinators sat around with nothing to do”.

    Who the fuck is advising these people?!?

  • in COVID-19
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    Currently at ucl but had the jab from my prev trust - they also honoured 3 week appointments for people who were due dose 2 in the week of 4th Jan. Super variable between trusts though.

  • in COVID-19
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    Ironically given your friend’s experience, the FDA paperwork explains that the special syringes are only required if you want to get 6 doses out of the vial. Normal ones would get you 5 with a small amount of wastage per dose losing the 6th one.

    They could happily have tried using normal 1ml syringes & 25G needles to draw up as many of the 200 leftover doses as possible - some may well have been up to the 0.3ml mark.

    The syringes can be pre-drawn and administered within 2h so plenty of time to work out how many doses you’ve got left.

    The NHS is amazing in most regards but the management can be quite “computer says no”.

  • in COVID-19
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    Basically totally up to trusts - we got our second doses in early Jan but some people within our trust who were due a bit later are having them delayed to 12 weeks. Other trusts have started off with a 12 week gap right off the bat.

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