Where is “here” (what state or country)? Do you know anyone who has actually been called? Last night I had a zoom get together with our choir that’s on hiatus. Several people said they were “on a list and would get called.” I kind of doubt it… Others had gotten vaccinated because they stumbled on one of the sites at a moment when appts happened to be available. One person has a friend who’s a pharmacist, and the shop had some extra vaccine, so her friend called and said to bring her husband and get over there immediately. Not sure what she’s going to do about the second shot. It’s a crap shoot.
This describes what I’m talking about. Not news to anyone.
Computer-literate, she [Laura Engle, NYC resident] navigated New York City’s vaccine finder page on Monday, found the closest provider and sent an email with her name and number to set up an appointment. When no one called, she reached out to the urgent care’s corporate office, which told her to wait.
She wanted to register at the new Javits Convention Center megasite, which she heard about on the news, but could not figure out how.
“I’m willing to wait my turn,” she said, frustrated, “but I would like to have some feeling that I have a turn.”
In the city, over a million older New Yorkers started the week with optimism that they would finally gain access to the vaccine after months of fearing they would fall victim to the coronavirus. But the reality of actually getting the shots has proved to be far more maddening.
Buggy websites, multiple sign-up systems that act in parallel but do not link together and a lack of outreach are causing exasperation and exhaustion among older New Yorkers and others trying to set up vaccination appointments.
I don’t blame the local governments. Trump just threw the issue back to the states, counties, cities-- kind of like when he threw the paper towels into that crowd in Puerto Rico. Every person for themselves.
I absolutely feel the situation will improve-- it can hardly get worse. I’m seriously not worried.