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Discussion: Vaccination

in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2021-06-07

Jun 8, 2021 5:49 AM # 
Where are you getting yours done? I was quite surprised to only be on hold on the Covid line for a little over a minute (I was expecting much longer) but there was nowhere near me that was offering appointments. Nearest I could get was the convention centre in the city in July so I told them to stick their vaccine.

Mind you I had just as much luck when I phoned up Vic Transport to switch my licence over from WA and got told they were experiencing a higher than normal number of calls and to phone back later (fricking useless system - why is the Transport Department inundated with calls, do people think they can get vaccinated there?) If I go online the best I can do is one of their offices miles from me that I can book into also in July, which just happens to be after my licence expires.
Jun 8, 2021 6:45 AM # 
I'm at the convention centre too. A bit surprised you couldn't get anything until July - maybe they were the last one left and have hence filled up quickly (Sunday filled up while I was on the call).
Jun 8, 2021 6:52 AM # 
Last time I phoned VicRoads was to get a bike rack plate - which you can’t do online - it was about 20 mins on hold, continuously being told I could go to their website. It also tells you it can be done at an office, at the same time as telling to avoid going to an office.
Jun 8, 2021 6:53 AM # 
WA has opened up vaccinations to 30+ y.o. Probably trying to be more progressive than the rest of the country though in reality it's probably because no-one over there is getting vaccinated so they need people to use up the ones they have.

The woman on the Covid line said none of the vaccination centres near me (Box Hill, Dandenong, Monash, etc) were accepting bookings. No wonder everyone's upset over the rollout with this stupid system.
Jun 8, 2021 6:56 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
I thought I heard today that NT has opened up vaccinations for 16+
Jun 8, 2021 7:00 AM # 
Yep, they opened up vaccinations for 16+ as of today. Probably a similar situation to WA - no-one is getting it so they have ample supplies to go around and are filling them before demand goes up. Meanwhile in the Covid states it's too bloody hard to get the vaccine so they're still restricting the doses.
Jun 8, 2021 7:32 AM # 
Might be worth keeping an eye on social media of some hospitals where they’re giving it, Bendigo Health said they had walk in spots today - not much use to you but other hospitals might do similar If they have extra spots.
Jun 8, 2021 7:45 AM # 
Well my trusting of the internet says if you're under 50 you have to book an appointment. I'm only eligible for Pfizer and I think GPs at least only have AstraZeneca.
Jun 8, 2021 8:13 AM # 
Yep, things seem to change quickly, e.g.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic update 1.15PM. This afternoon is a good time to walk-in for a Pfizer jab if you are eligible. The current wait time is 15 minutes. More info on eligibility:
Jun 8, 2021 8:25 AM # 
So not only are you free to walk around in Bendigo for whatever reason you choose (and to go orienteering this weekend) but you can also just walk into the hospital for the vaccine whenever you want to. In Melbourne you can't leave the house except for eligible reasons or get the vaccine without a month long wait and even then only at about one inconveniently located centre. Well I guess I've waited this long, might as well wait a bit longer. Perhaps I'll go to Bendigo Hospital when next I'm up there (it'll probably be sooner than here).
Jun 8, 2021 8:46 AM # 
The internet also told me that st Vincent’s/ Carlton gardens we’re doing walk up for Pfizer but that was a couple of days out of date.
Jun 8, 2021 8:54 AM # 
About as convenient to us as the convention centre. Think I'll wait, it's not like I'm going to be magically able to travel overseas or out of this lockdown just because I am immunised. That's the sad part about it - your life doesn't go back to normal afterwards!
Jun 8, 2021 9:33 AM # 
True - it would be nice if there was some indication from the Government what state we'd need to be in before we can travel again. Presumably building somewhere decent for quarantine would be a good start.

I kinda wish we were in Bendigo, but at least I have ok trails to run on, and today they were relatively empty.
Jun 8, 2021 8:39 PM # 
as a soon to be 49 year old male, I won't be able to get a vaccine until after the end of July (in theory) but that is doubtful as the prior group have already been told it's unlikely all of them can be done before August.

Very very slow over here, currently about 20,000 doses per day and it needs to be 50k+ to meet goals. Was in Auckland last week, obvious groups for Vaccination like Taxi Drivers who have numerous contacts and secondary/direct border links can't get vaccinated.
Jun 8, 2021 10:53 PM # 
Uncle JiM:
Matt, is the issue with supply, or ppl not getting vaccinated
Jun 8, 2021 11:58 PM # 
supply and roll out - plenty of people who would like a jab

I can get flu jab on Friday easily
Jun 9, 2021 1:52 AM # 
Every Friday?
Jun 9, 2021 3:15 AM # 
I'm trying to get the flu, so yes, goes with my junkie track marks from blood donation.
Jun 10, 2021 1:48 PM # 
A record number of Sandgropers got jabbed today, and 60% of 70+ have had their first. Since the hub at the Showgrounds opened 3 weeks ago it's been going gangbusters. Not true to say we are lagging, but there is an element of 'Geez the Vics are in trouble, better get vaccinated.'

4 days after getting my first dose I had my crash (see my log), and the first thing Emergency at RPH did when I transferred from the ambulance was give me a tetanus jab. Not sure whether the slow progress with bruise healing is due to Astra-Zeneca, combination of AZ with tetanus vaccine, or just old age.
Jun 10, 2021 1:58 PM # 
Recommended reading: Katrina Grace Kelly's article in last Saturday's Weekend Australian - explains why Melbourne is more susceptible to Covid vs Sydney and the other capitals due to factors such as population density, urban design/geography, lifestyle, etc. Most of The Australian's journalists are extreme right wankers, almost on the verge of conspiracy theorists, but KGK has been a beacon of sense every week since the pandemic began.
Jun 10, 2021 10:59 PM # 
Interesting, given that her previous life (under her previous name of Grace Collier) was as the hardest of hard-core industrial relations warriors.
Jun 10, 2021 11:01 PM # 
Yes, she's mellowed a lot since changing her name and broadening her subject matter.
Jun 10, 2021 11:04 PM # 
I read some 'reasons' in another article I found online recently but they didn't seem to make a lot of sense. Something about Melburnians using public transport to socialise rather than just to and from work as Sydney people apparently only do; sticking to their own suburbs and whatnot.
Jun 10, 2021 11:36 PM # 
What's public transport?
(actually I did take my annual trip on it the other week when my car was being serviced)
Jun 10, 2021 11:45 PM # 
Given the number of cars on the road around here it's hard to believe that people use public transport but I have seen them. We've yet to use our own cars to travel into Melbourne because parking sucks (plus the two O events we've done in inner city suburbs so far recommended public transport so we took the advice).

Anyway the public transport reason didn't seem to make sense given the high volume of far flung exposure sites from any given Covid case and the fact that in many instances they seem to be servos and shopping centres. It's unlikely that someone's catching public transport to top up their fuel supplies.
Jun 10, 2021 11:48 PM # 
I think a lot of the comparison between Melbourne and Sydney is actually drawing on the fact that the December outbreak in Sydney was focused on a part of the city which is very self-contained (the Northern Beaches), even if the city as a whole isn't. There's no real equivalent to the Northern Beaches in Melbourne in that sense.
Jun 10, 2021 11:52 PM # 
French Island?
Jun 11, 2021 7:06 AM # 
Definitely Queenscliffe. God's Waiting Room.
Maybe Patterson Lakes.
Jun 11, 2021 7:23 AM # 
Patterson lakes??? Named after Sir Les?

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