⑰ Thoughts for the week 17


Bit of tiredness and soreness for about 24 hours after it started kicking in (which took about eight hours). Still worked the day after so it wasn’t all that bad – although I was exhausted at the end of it – and now, 2 days later, absolutely fine. Here’s a twitter feed that may help you find an appointment. You can register at your local pharmacies and all the major pharmacies have waitlists: London Drugs. Pharmasave. Costco. Rexall. Shoppers. And others. Get yourself on as many waitlists as you can, and ring your local pharmacies.

Such wonderful news for Prince Rupert. Vaccines are safe, are effective, and are how we get out of this mess.

Beers – multiple – were had on the balcony on Sunday, after a nice long walk around the sea wall. I caught the sun a little (in a good way). Delightful.

I’ve read some posts this week talking about some fears about returning to life after the pandemic which have described those fears as irrational. Without being pedantic (genuinely!) an irrational fear is a response to non-threatening stimuli. Perpetuating this sort of idea, that returning to pre-pandemic norms is going to quickly be fine as soon as folks are vaccinated, and that not doing so is irrational, is dangerous.

People can think that the idea of irrational fears is a sign of a strange weakness. “I know I shouldn’t be weirded out by this thing, but I am”. Eradicating COVID-19 is not something that is going to happen any time soon. Not least of all because there are plenty of people who aren’t eligible for vaccines yet. And, unfortunately, there will be a disappointing number of people who are perfectly eligible but will decide not to get vaccinated. It’s quite possible that this will number between 10 and 30% of people in each locale (maybe up to 40%).

The estimates as to what constitutes as ‘herd immunity’ seem to vary. The most common I could find is that it needs to be north of 66% of the total population, but the wide angle is 60-80% (or 70% – 90% or it’s 90% but we won’t say it’s 90% or it’s impossible).

All of that is to say we don’t know a lot. We don’t know how many people in total will get vaccinated. We don’t know if that will be enough for herd immunity. We don’t know how transmissible the virus is even in communities that have been largely vaccinated. The fear of the unknown might be irrational. But the fear of the unknown that you know could inflict serious harm on you and those you come into contact with is most certainly not irrational. In fact it’s about as rational as you can get, and it’s dangerous to suggest otherwise. Acting accordingly – still wearing masks in public, sanitizing spaces and places, keeping air flow … flowing, is not acting like you’re frightened. It’s most certainly not a strange weakness. What it is, is acting with respect for other people, and I think we need more of that in society.

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BC COVID-19 Vaccine Count: 30.0% (+5.1%) and 30.6% (+6.8%!!) Canada-wide. 👩🏼‍⚕️