Dreary COVID Travel Recommendation

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  • BKMD - What is that next category: con men, time share salesmen, yodelers, etc. 😀

  • edited February 9

    I agree that the pace of vaccinations is finally accelerating where I live in California. No longer must you have to travel hundreds of miles to a "super site." Community clinics are opening this week. My husband is scheduled this Friday at a clinic less than six miles from where we live. I will have to wait longer for my first shot since I fall into a different age bracket. That is okay with me.

    Regarding Europe, I can only speak personally of conditions in Denmark. With a population of less than six million, they have been hit hard, especially since late fall. I have not confirmed this but my cousin mentioned there is yet another variant of the virus that mutated in Denmark and has been found in North Carolina. I am rather skeptical of the spread to America, but I have no doubt in believing my cousin's assessment of the conditions in Denmark.

    I try to stay positive, but I think travel to Europe in 2021 is not going to happen.

  • Smiling Sam
    BKMD - What is that next category: con men, time share salesmen, yodelers, etc. 😀

    Sam - You left out car salesmen or are they included under con men. :) At least prisoners are no longer ahead of me, since they last modified the rollout list.

  • Apparently the virus mutates about every two weeks.

  • Thank you, cathyandsteve. When I showed him the confirmation e-mail, tears welled up in his eyes then he said, "does this mean I can go back to Europe one last time?" At 95 he had a blast on the Savoring France river cruise. And he did not slow down the group at all. People were amazed at his stamina. The 65 year olds were lagging behind him!

    Anyway, hang in there. There is hope on the horizon.

  • There is more travel happening than people here seem to think. I just checked the flight I intend to take to AMS in June. Today KLM 606 is enroute and on time from SFO to AMS. The last time I checked, Schiphol is open to connecting passengers. We will see what happens.

  • Sealord - Which Tauck tour in June is that?

  • cathyandsteve,
    Don't make me cry!
    I am so sorry that your parents, and you, have not been able to get vaccinated. I do truly believe that hope is on the horizon. We will get past this and will post reviews of all our glorious travels that will come to fruition next year.
    We only had one trip canceled this year. One is booked for November but will probably not happen.
    Thank you for calling my husband "darling." He wishes to buy you a glass of wine on a future Tauck tour!
    Again, hang in there and G-d bless.

  • I am also glad to hear kfn....that your husband will have the vaccine. He should not have had to wait so long. I know of someone of 99 who has not had it yet. I would gladly give up my vaccine to my son if I could get one, he is on a drug that suppresses his immune system at the moment.
    A good friend called me today to tip me off about rural pharmacies many miles away from here. She got an appointment and is going this week, she lives in the city and has spent days trying to get her shot, she has a serious and chronic underlying health condition. We looked up the website, there is nothing. My husband thinks it is crazy to drive maybe three hours away in the winter to an area that is much higher Covid risk than here, so I doubt he will want to explore the possibilities further.
    Don’t worry about mutations, these vaccines can be easily tweaked, just like the flu vaccines each year. Just don’t catch the virus!
    Sealord, as a former pilot should know that the airlines will keep their itineraries up until the last minute in the hope that people cancel first and then will only be offered vouchers instead of cash. Africa in June.......no way. There are plenty of places on that K and T tour now, maybe if it’s a go Sealord, we will get a last minute booking and join you!
    I applaud you for your optimism

  • Only a week to go before Pfizer #2 :)

  • I’ve just read this, for my county thst has around 830,000 people
    If I survive Covid, it could be rears before I get my vaccine

    The county received only 1,000 doses last week, which is far from enough for one of the state’s most populous counties.

    Mauldin emphasized that the state needs to receive more vaccines from the federal government, especially as the supply has been stretched thin by more providers requesting doses now than in previous weeks.

    So far in Pennsylvania, 1,164,600 vaccine doses have been administered to 918,210.

  • Sealord, did you see this, will Tauck travel to possibly the worst country for not having people vaccinated

    President John Magufuli continues to urge Tanzanians to take precautions against Covid-19, the latest cases of which he blames on travellers bringing it into the country, and has cautioned against taking Covid-19 vaccines.

    Tanzania last shared data on Covid-19 with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Africa CDC in May 2020.

    Tanzania has no plans to import Covid-19 vaccines

    Tanzania's Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima has said the East Africa nation has no plans to import Covid-19 vaccines at a time when there are fears that infections are rising.

    Her comment comes a week after President John Magufuli warned health officials against acquiring coronavirus vaccines, saying - without giving evidence - that they could harm the population.

  • Cathy - how is that possible? Where is the vaccine allotted to MO going? Seems the the sum of the IQs of your governor and the Gov of FL doesn't break 100.

  • edited February 9

    cathyandsteve
    February 8
    meanwhile...Sam and British and Cathy are huddled in the corner crying because they are the forgotten ones :'(

    In my case, I'm getting a bit of karma. My wife is 1.5 years older than I am. A fact, that on occasion, I might remind her about. :D Well guess what that made her just over the threshold for getting the vaccine (her first shot is tomorrow) while I fall just under the threshold. All in fun, she is getting some pleasure in that fact. They are saying that the 65+ group, in our county, should start by the end of February.

    So, hopefully, by the middle of the March one of the three 'forgotten ones' will have received his first shot. Hopefully British and Cathy will get theirs before that. I really can't understand why Cathy can't get one, being a funeral home worker. Now British, being a Tauck swimsuit model probably doesn't help her priority. :D

    As I see the rate of vaccinations increase across the country (except maybe in Missouri :'( ) I think that we're on track to have 200,000,000 people vaccinated by mid-Summer.

  • edited February 9

    Yes British. I saw that Tanzania nonsense. The WHO and others are trying to turn them around.

    That being said, I saw an article recently that said they expect there will be a ‘glut’ of vaccines in the U.S. in only a few months, and the problem will become one of getting people to take the shots. Around here there were many health care workers who refused the shots because since they were getting them first, they felt like they were being used as guinea pigs. There are those of us who want the shots, and there are those who don’t. I expect that many young people will need too be convinced.

    As far as K&T goes, as you know there is very little contact with those not in your group. So we will wait and see what Tauck decides. If it goes, and KLM goes, we will go. If not ... plan B.

  • Hi Sealord, you know I love you, what is your plan B? We are looking at other tour companies for future Africa tours, 2023 and 2024.
    We get news letters from the hospital we support in Karatu Tanzania, There is certainly Covid around. Are you willing to quarantine in Tanzania or Kenya if you test positive there before you return? That’s the part that concerns me.

  • Plan B is to try to find the Wind Surf. It is going to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, and the Grand Prix people insist the race will happen, but they don’t know about spectators. Or we could board it for something else ... if it is sailing. Several ‘small’ cruise lines have recently announced that they will require proof of vaccinations starting in July. If after getting vaccinated, and getting tested prior to going to Africa, we tested positive I would hope to be at the Mt. Kenya Safari Club rather than the Serena in Nairobi. I’m too old to stay home whenever travel begins again. I was in the ‘Safety’ business for many years. You can’t eliminate risk, you just do your best to minimize it. Most accidents (53.6%) happen in the home ... “We gotta get out of this place!”.

  • Sing us a few bars! :D How appropriate though- it was sung by the "Animals." I knew you would say the Mt. Kenya Safari Club. You probably can't wait for a return visit to the spinners and weavers. :) The MKSC is much better than the Serena in Amboseli

    I've been checking the Winstar Cruises website daily. So far no changes to their return to sailing dates: Wind Surf – May 9, 2021

  • edited February 9

    Yup. I was just there. We would probably do the Rome to Venice on the 24th. I would hate to go to Monaco to see the Grand Prix and end up watching it on TV. We have been there before when they were setting up for the race. Quite impressive. They are actually in the setting up process right now.

    That was actually the most popular and normally the closing song at the “Seaman to Admiral’s Club” in Danang.

    “If it’s the last thing we ever do.”

  • AlanS
    I've been checking the Winstar Cruises website daily. So far no changes to their return to
    sailing dates: Wind Surf – May 9, 2021

    Other ships indicate sailing dates as early as May 1, 2021. No sailings prior to that.

  • Hurray - I'm no longer "huddled in the corner crying because they are the forgotten ones :'("

    They opened up Walgreen's for giving vaccinations in Arizona to 65+. I just got both of my shots scheduled. The first is this Saturday, the second is March 13th.

    I'm very happy. This is much faster than I expected. I didn't think that I'd get even the first shot before March 13th.

  • Heard on the news this morning that CO will start getting 9000 more doses per week. Guess supply is ramping up, or the new administration found a stash that the previous admin misplaced?

  • edited February 11

    Just when I saw hope on the horizon here in Southern California, it is being estimated that over 6,000 vaccine vials at one local site were left out of refrigeration overnight and will probably have to be disposed of. That's an estimated 30,000 + shots that will not be going into arms. Where are the checks and balances? So frustrating.

    Update- Now the health officials are saying that it was 6,000 doses, not vials, and they have confirmed with the manufacturer that these doses are safe. Thank G-d this is not the place my husband will receive his first vaccination!

  • Vaccine #2 in the arm today. Hooray. Wife gets her 2nd on the 21st. Making appointments in NJ is confusing and difficult. It took us at least 5 hours over several days to break through.

  • My husband and I got our first vaccines today! I had to check our county's website frequently but it paid off.

  • Both of us received our 2nd jab of the Pfizer vaccine 10 days ago. The only side effect was a sore arm for a few days. We continue to mask, social distance and wash our hands often.

  • edited February 11

    Did everyone read the new CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people.....once you have had the two shots and plus two more weeks....if you are in contact with someone who is positive, you will no longer be required to quarantine. This expires three months after your shots until further research shows that immunity lasts longer. Maybe my hubby and I if we ever get a vaccine and don’t get Covid before then, it could be a traveling advantage for us.....clinging on to any hope right now!
    Oh and double masking, been doing that for several weeks, certainly feel safer in Costco,, yes I know we could have food amd groceriy delivery....I just can’t give up choosing my own produce.

  • Getting first dose of Moderna tomorrow. I hope this bodes well for travel in the next several months. I expect our May trip to France will likely be canceled and our August trip to K&T is probably iffy considering the news about Tanzania and the vaccines. And, British, I agree with you—I don’t want anyone else selecting my produce, so we take advantage of senior hours at our grocer when it’s less busy. It will be nice to go to the store at a normal hour once fully vaccinated.

  • Smiling Sam - Which Walgreens were you able to make your appointment for the vaccine? I live in Tucson (just like you) however, we had absolutely no luck in getting the vaccine and are now scheduled for this Saturday but we will need to drive to Phoenix.

    Noreen
    Tucson, AZ

  • Noreen - I used the Walgreens.com website. I answered some questions, they replied with 'Schedule an Appointment', I entered my zip code, and they returned with a Walgreens 4 miles from my house with a date of this Saturday, I selected the time, then they responded requesting a time for my second shot at the same Walgreens 28 days later (in my case March 13th, since my first shot is February 13th), I selected the time, the website returned with a confirmation code/screen with the details of the two appointments.

    I think what happened was I was lucky enough to get into the system and book something before they were all gone. I booked at about 5:10AM on the first day.

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