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Dec 13, 2020 10:43PM
Dec 13, 2020 10:52PM
We have coyotes even in the city--there's a "den" of them behind the neighborhood firehouse. None have attacked any pets (AFAIK). The rat population is down, but I'm seeing fewer rabbits, raccoons & possums these days.
Here in Chicago & the suburbs, the order of priority for at least the Pfizer vaccine is Group 1A: first "front-line healthcare workers" (as defined by the individual hospitals); then the staff and residents of senior "congregate care facilities." Apparently that even includes independent-living seniors-only apartment buildings (not just assisted living, convalescent/rehab, & skilled nursing homes). Group 1B: first the "first responders" (in order of priority, EMT/paramedics, firefighters, police); then "essential workers" (teachers, delivery persons including postal workers, supermarket, pharmacy & big-box-store checkers & stockers, public transit workers, workers in food plants and essential factories). Group 1C: first, those >65 with comorbidities, and then those >65 regardless of occupation or physical condition. That includes doctors >65 who do not routinely work closely with COVID patients (in reality, those doctors in private practice with no "strings" they can pull with the facilities where they practice). Group 2 includes prisoners/inmates (and guards), city workers (library, clerical, road/street maintenance, sanitation), workers at urgent care clinics, and non-ICU, non-COVID hospital in-patients.
And within the above groups, those living in hardest-hit neighborhoods (especially if their living conditions make social distancing impossible) will get priority. Can't speak as to city, county, or state gov't officials---I know WH staffers will get first crack in DC. (Even those who already caught COVID from you-know-who).
Here's what fries me, though: The City of Chicago has only 23,000 doses in this first shipment, for the entire city. But Rush-Pres.-St. Luke's is boasting (on every local news show) that it will be immunizing 1000 workers per day (!!!), and its next-door-neighbor Stroger (formerly Cook County) Hospital 600 per day. Now where does that leave all the other hospitals & clinics in the city, much less the nursing homes and assisted-living facilities? There are at least 400,000 health care workers in Chicago alone.
Unless Bob gets into Group 1A via (his "side hustle") being a cardiologist employed by Union Health, we're both in Group 1C--and that means we're highly unlikely to be offered the shot (at least Pfizer) till at least early spring. And it's not clear whether they'll look at my likely life expectancy with even not-yet-metastatic ocular melanoma and declare me not worth wasting a precious couple of doses upon. (Not even gonna speculate as to any already-Stage IV patients).
And to think that back last spring I feared that I would be triaged out of being able to get on a ventilator due to age. Triage is ugly, period.
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)