Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

Let’s call them backdoor vaccines. Or loophole vaccines. As the vaccine rollout continues its chaotic march across the United States, some people are getting a vaccine even though they don’t qualify. Some people are going to incredible lengths — forged paperwork and false claims. There was even a story about a $2,000 offer for a […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: N.Y. restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get the vaccine

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: N.Y. restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get the vaccine

“After nearly a year of the pandemic decimating New York City’s restaurant industry, forcing thousands of businesses to close permanently and costing tens of thousands of people their jobs, this month brought a glimmer of optimism,” Matthew Haag writes over at The New York Times. “Limited indoor dining has started again and restaurant workers, including […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: States find hidden stashes in their own backyards

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: States find hidden stashes in their own backyards

“When tiny glass vials of coronavirus vaccine began rolling off production lines late last year, federal health officials set aside a big stash for nursing homes being ravaged by the virus,” Sharon LaFraniere, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Abby Goodnough write over at The New York Times. “Health providers around the country figured as well that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Volunteers making appointments for strangers

By VIRGINIA JEFFRIES and PHOEBE PINDER Jane Duncan has spent every night for the past two weeks on Walgreens’ website refreshing her computer screen, waiting for new vaccine appointments to open up. “From midnight to two is when they load one set of appointments. And then generally from five to seven in the morning is […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People under 65 with disabilities and high-risk conditions still fighting for access

John Best, a 31-year-old software engineer from Jersey City, N.J. has no illusions about the danger he faces from Covid-19. “I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that if I get it, I should probably make a will,” he said in a phone interview last week. Best spent the majority of 2020 holed up in […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Mount Sinai cancels coming appointments

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Mount Sinai cancels coming appointments

Back in January, when I first became eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine as a 66-year-old New Yorker, I started scouting around for appointments. Mount Sinai in New York City was offering appointments online, so I snagged one for March 4. Meanwhile, I managed to get an earlier appointment, and went ahead, getting vaccinated with […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

People with underlying conditions are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York state tomorrow, Feb. 15. Today, Feb. 14, is the day that the online portals opened to such people for scheduling. And it was insane. Sites crashed. Tempers frayed. The people who had been having trouble booking before are still having trouble booking. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: For caregivers, it’s a big challenge

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: For caregivers, it’s a big challenge

For Julie from Westchester County, N.Y., getting Covid would mean her mother would be stuck at home alone for two weeks. No doctor’s appointments, no visitors and very limited groceries. That’s because Julie, 50, is the primary caregiver for her mother, 76. She’s hoping that New York State will allow her to get the Covid […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Challenges, rejections, changing rules, overcoming obstacles

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Challenges, rejections, changing rules, overcoming obstacles

As the vaccine is distributed in the U.S., many people have reported experiencing alarming difficulties in their attempts to get the shot, and changing rules. Appointments made are revoked, and phone numbers that were working suddenly stop working within minutes. Even those currently eligible to be vaccinated have encountered roadblocks in what could be a […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

We’ve been following the Covid vaccine distribution in the New York area, trying to reflect people’s experiences on the ground. Here are some suggestions and observations from my acquaintances and friends on social media. Facebook, Connecticut and New York “If you have a parent that is 75 or over go to the Stamford Hospital Website […]