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I've received my first dose.  Does anyone know the procedure for scheduling the second dose which I understand will be 3 months from the first one?  Will I be contacted by someone, or will I have to register for it on-line, or phone the site's phone number like I did for the first dose?

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21 minutes ago, droid56 said:

I've received my first dose.  Does anyone know the procedure for scheduling the second dose which I understand will be 3 months from the first one?  Will I be contacted by someone, or will I have to register for it on-line, or phone the site's phone number like I did for the first dose?

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register

 

Looks like for AZ they want people to register on May 1.  Then I am guessing they email you in July to book the second dose.  

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28 minutes ago, droid56 said:

I've received my first dose.  Does anyone know the procedure for scheduling the second dose which I understand will be 3 months from the first one?  Will I be contacted by someone, or will I have to register for it on-line, or phone the site's phone number like I did for the first dose?

When I got mine, they gave me paperwork that said I would be contacted by phone, text or email, when it was time for the booster shot.

 

I don't know if this procedure varies from Health Authority to health Authority, but I would check your paperwork and see if it's mentioned anywhere.

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This will only make things more convoluted, with anti-maskers likely to claim being fully vaccinated as their justification for not masking up.  :picard:

 

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U.S. health officials say Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks outside

Changes comes as more than a third of U.S. adults now have both doses

The Associated Press · Posted: Apr 27, 2021 1:35 PM ET | Last Updated: 4 hours ago
 
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In a move that may give Canadians pangs of jealousy — or hope for a post-pandemic future — U.S. health officials now say fully vaccinated Americans usually don't need to wear masks outdoors anymore. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

In a move that may give Canadians pangs of jealousy — or hope for a post-pandemic future — U.S. health officials now say fully vaccinated Americans usually don't need to wear masks outdoors anymore.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the updated guidance Tuesday in yet another carefully calibrated step on the road back to normal from the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 570,000 people across the country.

 

For most of the past year, the CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they are within six feet of each other.

 

Now, the guidance is that fully vaccinated Americans can ditch that step unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go without a face covering outside in some cases, too.

 

The change comes as more than half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.

 

"It's the return of freedom," said Dr. Mike Saag, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who welcomed the change.

 

"It's the return of us being able to do normal activities again. We're not there yet, but we're on the exit ramp. And that's a beautiful thing."

 

More people need to be vaccinated, and concerns persist about variants and other possible shifts in the epidemic. But Saag said the new guidance is a sensible reward following the development and distribution of effective vaccines and about 140 million Americans stepping forward to get their shots.

 

The CDC, which has been cautious in its guidance during the crisis, essentially endorsed what many Americans have already been doing over the past several weeks.

 

 
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More than half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated. That's compared to less than three per cent of Canadians who have received two doses. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

 

CDC guidance differs for those not fully vaccinated

 

The CDC guidance says that fully vaccinated or not, people do not have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household. They also can go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.

 

But from there, the CDC has differing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated and those who are not.

 

Unvaccinated people — defined by the CDC as those who have yet to receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson formula — should wear masks at outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people. They also should keep using masks at outdoor restaurants.

 

That advice echoes what Canadians are still being told by federal officials: "Right now, we still need to follow public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," reads a federal vaccine fact sheet.

 

Canada has delayed second doses of COVID-19 vaccines by up to four months — the longest interval recommended by a country so far — which means far fewer residents on this side of the border are fully vaccinated.

 

Close to a third of Canadians have had at least one dose, but only around three per cent are considered fully vaccinated, which is 10 times less than the U.S. rate.

 

But even though vaccinations are ramping up in Canada now as well, there haven't been fresh recommendations on what Canadians can or can't do while waiting for their second shot.

 

WATCH | Toronto doctor not yet seeing family despite being vaccinated:

 
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Toronto physician says she's not yet seeing family despite being vaccinated
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Dr. Tali Bogler, a Toronto physician and mother of two, received her final COVID-19 vaccine dose in January. But she's still maintaining public health precautions, including not seeing her unvaccinated parents. 0:44

 

Freedoms may be 'motivator' for vaccination

 

In the U.S., fully vaccinated people do not need to cover up during most outdoor gatherings, the CDC says, though it recommends everyone should keep wearing masks at crowded outdoor events such as concerts or sporting events.

 

The agency continues to recommend masks at indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centres, museums and movie theatres.

 

Dr. Babak Javid, a physician-scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, said the new CDC guidance is sensible.

 

"In the vast majority of outdoor scenarios, transmission risk is low," Javid said.

 

Javid has favoured outdoor mask-wearing requirements because he believes they increase indoor mask-wearing, but he said Americans can understand the relative risks and make good decisions.

 

"The key thing is to make sure people wear masks indoors" while in public spaces, he said.

 

He added: "I'm looking forward to mask-free existence."

 

"The timing is right because we now have a fair amount of data about the scenarios where transmission occurs," said Mercedes Carnethon, a professor and vice chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

 

What's more, she said, "the additional freedoms may serve as a motivator" for people to get vaccinated.

 


 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cdc-mask-guidance-outdoors-fully-vaccinated-1.6003834

 

Not sure why, but the table at the bottom of the article isn't rendering properly in the quote above.

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Fifty-two passengers on one flight from Delhi to Hong Kong test positive for coronavirus after landing - despite ALL presenting a negative test while boarding

  • All of the passengers who tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight from Delhi, run by Indian airline Vistara on April 4
  • A total of 118 passengers could have been on-board the flight, but Hong Kong authorities did not disclose the figure
  • Positive results surfaced during three-week quarantine period in Hong Kong  

 

At least 52 people from a single flight from Delhi to Hong Kong have tested positive for Covid-19, despite all passengers presenting a negative coronavirus test before boarding.

All of the passengers who tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight from India's capital, run by Indian airline Vistara on April 4. 

Hong Kong as a whole has been recording fewer daily new infections than the total number detected on the flight, since it brought a fourth wave of infections under control in January.

Meanwhile in India, the country's healthcare system is collapsing under a devastating second wave of coronavirus that is killing more than 2,800 people a day in the nation that is home to 1.3 billion people.   

A total of 188 passengers could have been on-board the flight, but Hong Kong authorities did not disclose how many people were on the plane.

Health experts have insisted that advanced plane ventilation systems make the risk of catching the virus from a fellow passenger is extremely low, and there are a number of theories to explain the Hong Kong flight cluster apart from transmission on the plane. 

Professionals have outlined four reasons why such a high number of people could have tested positive after the flight. 

First, they say the passengers could have been infected in India after their pre-flight Covid-19 test which had to be taken within 72 hours of the flight. 

Second, India's overloaded health system could have been unable to accurately detect the cases before they boarded the flight, or some passengers presented fraudulent test certificates, 

A third possibility is that the passengers could have picked it up in one of the quarantine hotels in Hong Kong. 

Or they say that there could have been passengers infected with a particularly severe strain of Covid-19 that which could have passed between the passengers despite the filters on the plane ventilation systems.

 

 

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My wife co-worker (who got Covid during Spring Break) just got back home from the hospital last week.  So about 3 weeks in ICU.  Was sent home with an oxygen tank.  He's quarantine in his house to a single room with an adjacent bathroom.  Meals are being placed just inside the door to the room.  He's labouring to just get out of bed.  Speaks in laboured breaths (1 word every 5 seconds).  He's was healthy and in is early 40s with no underlying health conditions.  I hope he doesnt have long haulers Covid.  :sadno:

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There has been a fatality in QC, a 54 woman related to AZ. It is very unfortunate. Don't have the details for the treatment, timing etc.  The report said she had severe fatigue and headaches in days after vaccination.  

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/az-vaccine-death-quebec-1.6003957

 

But without freaking everyone out, early detection and treatment can make a difference. It's not unlike having anaphylaxis that is rare but potentially fatal. However, it is treatable when detected in time.  That is why there is a minimum of 15 mins of observation after vaccination, and vaccination sites are supposed to have meds ready just in case.  The rates of anaphylaxis is about 5-6/million . 

 

What should you be on the look out for?  In the first 3 days, you will have the usually vaccine reactions, some will get more, some barely anything. Arm soreness, fatigue, fever and chills, headaches.  None of these are worrisome. Typically all these get better or gone by day 3 after vaccination.  If from day 4 to day 21, if you have any of the below, and it is getting worse, seek medical help promptly. Have a low threshold to get it check

Yed out. Go to ER or walk in clinic. A blood test and imaging (CT, MR, or ultrasound), can help detect it. 

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Sharpshooter said:

AstraZeneca Symptoms Update:

 

Chills overnight(none today)

Sore Arm

Fatigue/Drowsiness

Slight headache


 

 

 

 

sounds like what I had as well. I didn't see a small rash at the injection site until day 3 which came and went in about a day. 

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