We really hoped that — if nothing else — the change in administration would give us a break from hating the news. I was deluded. These days, it’s the advice that’s killing me. Suggesting we use daily hospital grade masks. Since the pandemic started I have never seen any of them for sale at any price, anywhere. I haven’t see a bottle of Purell either. All or our masks are cotton and are probably worth very little as disease preventers. Meanwhile, they warn us we should hurryup and get vaccinated.
It’s not for lack of trying.
I spent three hours on the phone this morning trying to find ANY location where I could make an appointment for Garry to get a vaccination. I am not eligible yet because unlike every other state, Massachusetts doesn’t include people with underlying co-morbidities — or people 65 or older — to sign up. Not that it would make a difference since there’s no where to sign up. Not a hospital, clinic, or anything. There is not a single place to get a vaccination anyplace within a 100 mile drive from home. Exactly how do you hurry to get something that is not available? Our hospital is supposed to get in touch with us about this, but of course they haven’t. I don’t think I should hold my breath, either.
Garry (and eventually, me) is eligible for vaccination — but there are no vaccines in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, New Hampshire seems to be doing fine with giving out vaccinations. What’s our problem here? Everyone suggested I call the governor. Smiling Charlie is still smiling, but he has nothing to say.
They have opened dozens vaccination sites, but none of them have available appointments. We’re supposed to wear double masks — of which should be medical-grade — but medical-grade masks have been unavailable at any price since last March.
So. Where are the vaccines? How come other nearby states (like New Hampshire) have them but we don’t? Why is making an appointment so difficult? Especially for the older crowd who aren’t all that good at working online, this is like wading through quicksand. Maybe there ARE vaccines somewhere, but they are saving them for someone special and we aren’t special enough?
As the new variants of the disease move in, it gets increasingly dangerous, especially for those of us who are old and have underlying co-morbidities. I have no doubt that this virus will, should it get a chance, kill me. I would like to stay alive for a while. Is that too much to ask?