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Boosters for the Vaccinated

Donald McNeil, formerly of The New York Times, has written his opinion on whether vaccinated Americans should receive a third booster shot before many around the world get their first. His acceptance of the idea surprised me.

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The Covid-19 Virus Explained

PHDcomics has a great explainer on Covid-19.

Speaking of Covid-19, I just got a third vaccination the other day because I was in the age group of Canadians that had a mixed variety of vaccines and if I want to travel to the USA I need to have two doses of an approved (down there) vaccine. Now I’ve had an AstraZeneca and two Moderna shots. I felt a bit of a headache after the third shot but overall it was less intense than the first two, and also I didn’t preload up on ibuprofen like I did previously.

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Dying in the Name of Vaccination Freedom

The people in this video confound me. I don’t understand how anyone who is in the ICU and literally dying of Covid can still think the vaccine isn’t necessary for all eligible.

(Via Kottke )

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Maxinated

I got my second shot of COVID-19 vaccine just 10 minutes ago. I signed up for the Pfizer mRNA vaccine but they said all they had was Moderna so that’s what I got.

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Do Your Own Research

By now you’ve likely heard the recommendation to do your own research about whether or not to get vaccinated for Covid-19.

This short video is full of good advice:

Here’s a brand new one about protecting yourself from vaccine shedders:

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Alberta Schools Go Online

The premiere has announced that the whole province is once again moving to online schooling for grades K-12. We got this letter from our superintendent:

In the last week the number of staff and students quarantining has increased significantly within Horizon and around the province. As of this morning, eleven (11) communities have transitioned to at-home learning due to severe staff shortages, and today at 6:00pm the Premier announced that all K-12 students will shift to at-home learning starting May 7th. They will continue with on-line learning until May 25th (after the long-weekend) Students will be in school on Wednesday May 5 and Thursday May 6. The hope is that this reset will reduce the number of cases, resolve the staff shortage, allow staff to get vaccinated, and allow students to close the school year with in-person learning.

Although I’m already teaching from home I was scheduled to be back in classes by either the 10th or 17th (depending on the kind of variant we find in our school).

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Alberta Biggest Pandemic Hotspot

We’re number one in North America. The map below shows our average number of cases per 100,000 over the last seven days to be 41.3.

The real worry is, we had 2,433 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 just yesterday. In a population of 4.4 million, that works out to about 553 cases per 100,000 people. The news can’t stop talking about India having a rate of 190 per 100,000 people so it’s insane that our infection rates are so high.

Here’s some rolling average numbers from South America right now:

As you can tell, the numbers aren’t even close and yet we still have people protesting that they don’t want to get vaccinated and who refuse to wear masks.

I’m out of school not because schools are closed but because my students have an option class with a teacher that has COVID-19. I was hoping we’d be heading out of this by the end of June. Now I’m just hoping our numbers will be more reasonable by September.

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Online Learning

We’ll be shifting to online learning at my workplace for at least the next couple weeks after 66% of our school is considered close contacts with positive COVID-19 cases. My class is one of the classes that are out so hopefully this will give my vaccination the necessary 10 days for maximum efficacy. Hopefully I didn’t catch it in the one day I was back at school after getting my shot.

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Vaccination Day

We got the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination today. I had a little bit of the tingles that some people are complaining about but no headache or other issues that my friends who got the vaccine had. Andrea says she has no symptoms at all. We’ll see how the night progresses. I’m super relieved to get it.

One of my close friends told me about his cousin who as a 45 year old teacher educational assistant contracted the virus. She got worse and worse over the last couple weeks going into the hospital and then the ICU. Today he let me know they took his cousin off life support and she died. She contracted the virus at work. Though I’ve never met her, I feel awful for her husband and two young kids.

Update: The next day was a different story. I was wiped out! Headache and joint aches. The symptoms calmed down a bit yesterday but three days out I’m still feeling residual stiffness in my joints and a slight headache. If this is just a small taste of what getting the actual disease is like… I hate to imagine.

Update: There is now a gofundme page for the Therrien family.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Early this morning the news broke that people over 40 in Alberta can get the AstraZeneca vaccine starting tomorrow.

I couldn’t get an appointment for after work tomorrow but I signed up Andrea and myself for Wednesday. I’m super excited to finally be getting this huge Covid stress out of my life.

I wrote to my coworkers a mass email about how I was excited to be getting my shot on Wednesday. I expected a deluge of congratulatory messages; instead crickets. Am I crazy? Is this not a huge deal?

I can’t imagine why anybody would want to prolong this pandemic? We’re all in this together and in order to move forward we all need to get vaccinated.