Getting an appointment for a Covid vaccine these days is akin winning the lottery these days. I was lucky enough to be able to schedule my first appointment last week. For those who are still struggling to get the shot, hopefully these tips will help you to finally get the jab.
Check your state/and or local websites: I know that it is time consuming and not exactly efficient, but it is a good first step. Those living in New York City can look for appointments on the NYC Covid-19 Vaccine Finder website.
Be flexible on location and time: It goes without saying that it is ideal to get the jab in your neighborhood and on your preferred schedule. But that may not be possible. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I need to re-arrange my calendar and get in the car or take public transportation, I will.
Look beyond the chain drugstores: The chain drugstores are nice, but my experience was that it was impossible to find an open slot. I can’t speak about the listings on other websites, the NYC site also contains information for independent locations that are also providing the vaccine.
Think outside the box: I eventually was able to get the jab at a local pharmacy that had a sign outside their door. It may take some work, but you may want to walk around your neighborhood, join a Facebook group in your community, or google a list of pharmacies in your area. And if nothing else, word of mouth is never a bad route to take.
Don’t get stuck on just getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: Of course, we would all love to get the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine (that is, when it comes back on the market). I would rather take what I can get and move on with my day.
If there is one bright spot in this Coronavirus pandemic (I know, it’s a stretch), it is that for a year, there were no mass shootings in the United States.
That streak ended three weeks ago in Atlanta. On Wednesday night, four people were murdered in a mass shooting in Orange County, California. This is the third week in a row in which innocent civilians have been killed.
Are we back to our previous Covid-19 normal? That at least every week or every other week, headlines state that more Americans have been killed due to unnecessary gun violence?
Logic would have said that after Jonesboro and Columbine 23 years go, those in the halls of power would have actually done something. Instead, they have been playing political ping pong while more lives are lost.
Seriously, what is it going to take to stop this nonsense once and for all?
Facts and opinions are two different things entirely. Facts are indisputable. Opinions vary from person to person. Some people seem to think that the two are interchangeable.
On Saturday, immigration lawyer David Leopold was a guest on Jeanine Pirro’s show on Fox News. The topic was immigration. On any other channel, this would be an adult discussion between two professionals. Instead, it devolved into a mostly one sided conversation that ended with Mr. Leopold being kicked off the show.
I don’t know how far this lady’s head is up her ass, but she needs a reality check. Whatever “facts” she got from you know who are at best half truths and at worst, outright lies. The worst of those lies is that the people who are coming to the border are bringing Covid with them. This is not a new accusation. Every immigrant group, at one time or another, has been rumored to carry dirt and disease with them as they enter their new country. The fact that Mr. Leopold was able to stay calm and hold his ground as long as he did was nothing short of amazing.
If only there were more people in this world like him and less like Judge Pirro.
The late Elie Wiesel once said the following about the millions murdered in The Holocaust.
“If we forget, the dead will be killed a second time,” Wiesel says, “and then they are today’s victims.”
In New York City alone, approximately 25,000 people have been killed by Covid-19. Today’s episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC paid tribute to some of those who are no longer with us due to the virus. Similar to the names read every September 11th, 400+ listeners read from a list of over 1000 souls who only exist in the memories of those who knew and loved them.
Behind every name was a human being. They had lives, families, and futures that were taken from them. Saying their names aloud cannot bring them back. What it allows us to do is mourn and remember them for who they were, not for the statistic they have become.
In the language of my faith, may the memories of everyone killed by Covid-19 be a blessing. Though they are gone physically, they will live in our hearts forever.
March 11th, 2020 was the last time I was in the office. I took off for a long weekend and was not sure what the next Monday would bring. Returning home that Sunday, I saw an email from my company’s CEO that we had the option to work from home. I could have gone back to the office, but the signs were all pointing to working remotely, at least for the time being.
If there was a way to tell my past self that any and all interactions for the next year with my colleagues would be via the computer, I wouldn’t have believed it. I would have said maybe it would have been a month, maybe two. But not a year.
I am more than grateful to be employed with full benefits. The fact that I am able to earn my paycheck while staying safe is increases that feeling ten fold. But not everyone is so fortunate.
The truth is that I am ready to go back to the office. I miss the face to face interaction. I miss the non-work conversations that happen while in passing or in the kitchen. Of course it means getting up earlier, riding the subway, and having to put some thought into my clothes.
Readers, I would love to know your opinion. If you have been working from home, are you ready to go back to the office? Or are you content to stay in your home office?
It is amazing to me how a single day can forever change the course of our lives.
A year ago today-March 11, 2020– will be remembered and talked about for generations to come. It was the day that Covid-19 officially came into the United States. It was the day that the country shut down. Schools closed, businesses shuttered, and hospitals had only begun to become overrun.
The last year has been many things. Depressing, life-affirming, difficult, etc. I don’t know about anyone else, but the person I was last March 11th is not the person I am today. The virus striped us bare of the bullshit and the pretense, revealing both our humanity and our flaws.
When you have reached the bottom, the only place you can go is up. We can rebuilt our nation and our world. But to do so, we must honor and learn from the hard lessons that we have been faced with. If we don’t, everything we have been through will have been in vain.
If there is one word on everyone’s lips these days, it is “vaccine”. The questions of who can get the Covid-19 vaccine, where can we get it, how we can get an appointment, etc. are everywhere.
This is the theme of Randy Rainbow’s new video. Based on the classic doo-wop song, Mr. Sandman, the new video is entitled MR. BIDEN (Bring My Vaccine) – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody.
I love that Rainbow is staring to shift from the satirical criticism of you know who (which was and still is warranted) to a non-partisan perspective. If we are to be honest about the game of American politics, we must be open to the idea that all politicians, regardless affiliation should face public judgement when necessary. The idea that one side is flawless and the other side is completely wrong opens the door to mistrust, possible violence (as we saw on January 6th), and a country divided.
With the anniversary of the explosion of Covid-19 coming up next week, I would have hoped that logic and science would have finally won the day. But stupidity and politics still have still have a hand to play.
Earlier this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ended the mask mandate. As of next Wednesday, March 10th, all businesses are re-opening as if the pandemic never happened.
From an economic perspective, his decision is a sound one. The only way to restore the state and the nation to the pre-pandemic financial state is to get people working again. That being said, the only way we can contain this virus and stop the spread is to follow the protocols established by the CDC and the medical community.
I wonder, as many others have wondered, if this is nothing but a smoke screen? The mess that the snow storm created is far from cleaned up. If he thinks that solely catering to his base is enough to keep him in office, he should look to the former President. There is a reason why you know who is thankfully no longer on the job.
The fact is that we can only return to some version of normal if we work together. It does not help that some people are so thickheaded that they ignore the facts to save their own skins.
A political scandal is nothing new. It is as old as humanity itself. The question is, when does it get to the point in which the politician is unable to do his or her job?
Last year, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo became a symbol of how to deal with Covid-19. For months on end, he gave a daily televised press conference going over the most recent numbers of NYers who were hospitalized and/or killed by the virus.
If I am to be perfectly honest, I would have him step down. Though he gets major points for being open and honest about the Covid stats, that cannot wash away the both the fudging of the nursing home facts and these new allegations.
The fact is that sexual assault and sexual harassment (especially in the workplace) is still far too common. The only way we can stop it once and for all is to make examples of those who have been found guilty of committing such acts. If it becomes clear that the punishment is not worth the brief pleasure the harasser gets, then maybe we finally put it in the rear view mirror.
Satire is a beautiful thing. But it can also cross the line.
During the Weekend Update portion of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, anchor Michael Che made a joke about Israel. To say that it did not go over well is an understatement.
The question I have to ask, is it satire or antisemitism?
I get that it was a joke. Weekend Update is not your serious local weeknight news. It is supposed to be funny and perhaps bordering on not exactly being 100% politically correct.
That being said, I can’t help but agree that it did have a slightly anti-Semitic undertone. My people have been persecuted and murdered because of the lies that have been told about us.
Unlike other countries (ahem, United States) on which the the rollout of the vaccine programs have been unnecessarily complicated or messy, the Israeli government got their shit together. As of February 4th, US News & World Report put out a story that all Israelis over the age of sixteen were able to get the vaccine. The important word in this headline is all. There was no mention of any specific group that was either pushed to the head of the line or denied access because of their religious or cultural background.
I’ve been a fan of SNL for more than twenty years, this program is usually the highlight of my weekend. I can usually laugh at anything. But this joke, I cannot and will never be able to laugh at.