Category Archives: Public Health/Coronavirus

Doctor proposes lottery to determine who gets vaccine doses

Regarding the lottery concept, the idea put forth is to vaccinate everyone 55 and up. After that, use numbers from birthday or social with the states rolling out numbers every two weeks who is open to show up at CVS or Walgreens. Government data shows 92% of all deaths from COVID-19 occur in 55 and up.

“We have to come up with a simple system that appeals equitable. You want this issue to not be political. This is a health issue. You want the people to trust it,” Dr. Chin-Hong said. “It is a good, decent model and you aren’t doing something out of step with science. We already have people gaming the system, this would avoid that.”

Source: Bay Area doctor suggests using lottery system for COVID-19 vaccine | NewsNation Now

Yes, 92% of deaths are age 55 and up. Note that he – and other countries, have prioritized recipients by age groups down to age 50 and up,. But not the U.S. Our lowest age group is age 65. Because Reasons.

I’ll be 62 in 2021 and have two “moderate risks” (like exercise induced asthma) but in my state, I am in the last 10% to be eligible to wait in line because – reasons, they say. Reasons. Last spring, we were told that anyone above age 60 was “high risk” and should remain sequestered in our homes – but now, Reasons.

The odds of Covid death for age 60 and up, per an actuary table, are 24x higher than the combined risk of all persons below age 50 (excluding those below age 50 with underlying high risk health conditions). But we are last in line – because Reasons.

“Despite strict lockdowns … pandemic has shown no sign of retreat”

Perhaps there is a clue in this – may be lock downs are not very effective at stopping the spread of Covid-19?

Despite strict lockdowns and mandatory business closures by state and local officials, the pandemic has shown no sign of retreat this week, killing more than 4,000 people nationwide for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

Source: U.S. governors work to speed up vaccinations, Biden pledges faster distribution | Reuters

Vaccine privilege?

Vaccine privilege is becoming real.

Today, Denmark announced it will be launching a “vaccine passport” in early 2021 and expects that you will be required to use your immunity passport to board aircraft, enter other countries, to attend festivals, events and concerts.

Here in the U.S., I expect a third of the country to be vaccinated by end of June. That large block will put enormous pressure on businesses and government to deploy vaccine passports – so the vaccine privileged can get on with life. While the rest of us remain sequestered in exile.

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Denmark launches “vaccine passport” in early 2021

Meanwhile, those of us at the back of the vaccine line (Fall of 2021) will be locked down forever:

Denmark is planning to introduce a digital ‘vaccine passport’ soon to enable citizens with jabs against Covid-19 to travel to countries where such documents may be obligatory for entry during the pandemic.

Source: Denmark to roll out coronavirus ‘vaccine passport’ for travelers in early 2021 — RT World News

Clown show: “Oregon coronavirus vaccine equity group lists litany of systemic injustices, needs more information to endorse vaccines”

The Oregonian newspaper, today:

This is the 27-member Advisory Committee tasked with establishing guidelines for administering vaccines in Oregon.

Zhenya Abbruzzese, a committee member representing Oregon’s Slavic community, wanted to establish that everyone was in favor of the coronavirus vaccine, asking if the members were “willing to put our credibility behind and promote it to our communities.”

At least one member said she didn’t know enough about the vaccine, and the committee tabled a vote on the question until its members have the opportunity to learn more.

The committee will meet again Jan. 14.

It’s a clown show all the way down from OHA Director Patrick Allen.

Source: Oregon coronavirus vaccine equity group lists litany of systemic injustices, needs more information to endorse vaccines – oregonlive.com

From KOIN TV comes this headline:

And this:

The advisory committee held a meet-and-greet on Tuesday. But it took an hour and a half just to get through introductions during Thursday’s first official meeting as committee members were asked to share their word of the day.

One committee member told KOIN 6 News that at this pace they won’t be done until August and pointed out that Oregon is already behind other states in vaccine distribution and with simply holding vaccine advisory committee meetings.

State health leaders had planned on vaccinating 100,000 people by the end of December but a week into the new year the state has administered just 55,000 of the nearly 211,000 doses it’s received.

https://www.koin.com/news/health/coronavirus/despite-advisory-meeting-oregon-still-unsure-who-to-vaccinate-next/

Public health in Oregon is a clown show. Director Pat Allen needs to be fired IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE’S LIVES ARE AT STAKE WHILE HE DAWDLES.

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likely Fall of 2021 before general population has access to vaccines

OHA Director Patrick Allen said in a press conference Friday that ordinary Oregonians could be waiting until this fall to receive their first dose.”

And:

“Asked when members of Oregon’s general population could expect to receive a vaccine, Allen said that the fall of 2021 was “a reasonable target”, but said it could be sooner or later than that.

And:

“I think fall is a reasonable target,” OHA Director Pat Allen [said] about herd immunity. He blamed the optimism of the federal government for misleading people over when they will be eligible to get the vaccine.

“This is going to take a while. I think it’s been challenging for people to hear that messaging from us, when the federal government has been much more optimistic in their messaging,” Allen said.

Source: ‘It’s going to take many months to get all Oregonians vaccinated’ | KOIN.com

The OHA Director should not just accept the Fall of 2021 date – it is his direct responsibility to move heaven and earth to move that forward by months. That he does nothing but accept this tells us about failed leadership.

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Widespread vaccinations of marketing people and administrators at hospitals

The state of Oregon’s plan all along was to vaccinate health care workers first, the people who come in contact with patients and are most at-risk of getting COVID-19.

Some KGW viewers sent emails asking why hospital marketing employees and administrators were posting pictures of themselves on social media getting the vaccine.

In a news conference this week, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) officials said what they thought was an isolated incident was more widespread.

“We have become aware of vaccinators vaccinating staff kind going beyond the 1a categories definitions, which are people involved in risk of patient contact. The key is contact,” said Patrick Allen with the OHA.

Allen said in the news conference hospitals should not be vaccinating employees without direct patient contact and said updated guidance would be going out to hospitals.

“It’s more widespread than we first thought. We are providing some very direct guidance out that we are still in category 1a and we shouldn’t be moving on to the people without patient exposure,” said Allen.

Source: COVID-19 vaccines go to Oregon hospital employees who don’t have contact with patients | kgw.com

Told ya: Teachers are next group to be vaccinated

Predicted this on December 24: Teachers in Oregon may begin to be vaccinated by Feb 15th

And just like that on January 7 comes this announcement: “Educators will be next group vaccinated, Oregon health officials

The 27 member Advisory Committee behind this held their first meeting on January 6th and will meet once per week until about the end of February, when they issue their final recommendations on distributing vaccines.

Based on CDC and Oregon public health comments, I will not be eligible to wait in line until likely mid-summer of 2021 and it may be into the fall before I can be vaccinated. I am concerned government and businesses will set up “immunity passports” (under intense pressure from the vaccinated, to do so) and cut many of us out of life’s activities, merely because the government prohibits us from being vaccinated until late in 2021.

Update: Jan 9 – Denmark has announced it will launch “vaccine passports” shortly, and this will likely be required to travel and to attend festivals and events.

UPDATE: Oregon’s general population will have access to vaccinations starting IN THE FALL OF 2021.

UPDATE: California teacher’s unions say that even after teachers are vaccinated, they do not intend to return to the classroom. Oh boy, that’s going to go over well.

Pandemic policies lead to child weight gain

The headline on this article is incorrect – it’s the policies, not the epidemic itself, that led to child weight gain:

Two pediatricians fighting the childhood obesity epidemic say the weight gain they are seeing in kids during the Covid-19 pandemic is neither trivial nor can it wait — and kids from Black and Brown communities have been disproportionately affected.

Source: US childhood obesity epidemic worsened by Covid-19 pandemic – CNN

Where I live, we went through months of closed city parks, school playing fields, state parks, state forests. Kids were prohibited with playing with their friends across the street. Even outdoors.

Public health ordered all kids to remain inside, watching TV and eating junk food. And then express shock at the result and blame “the pandemic” rather than acknowledge their policies that, 9 months after it began, have led to the worst conditions imaginable in California, Arizona and elsewhere. Their policies failed.