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  1. The local VAMC here told a friend of mine ( USN Retiree 32 years) that because he is only 72, they could not give him the vaccine-???? He is not SC but I hope they give another SC friend of mine the vaccine at his upcoming appointment there.He is USAF retired and I think about 68 years old. Our Governor lowered the age to 65 the same day after he said 75 or older.I guess the VAMC didnt know that.????? Our local main grocery store (TOPs Markets )is handling their second dosages for those who signed up on line months ago-(local in NY means within 30 miles) but the sign up sheet on line gets full FAST- you have to access the TOPs site and click on the COVID info and, as it said today- no sign up appointments can be taken yet.Many I know, and me, try the site a few times a day or more, because the sign up closes fast. However, you can print off the 2 page consent form and fill it out at home, and that will save time when you do get an appointment. Your county web site should have other Covid Vaccine places to go to, as well ,but they all seem to have a sign up requirement for appointments where I live. They ask that you bring your insurance cards, a photo id ( license) a list of any allergies (that you can put on the Consent form, to the appointment. I know the local VAMC has vaccinated staff and inpatients but I have no idea if any out patient will definitely get the vaccine at their next appointment. Also your county will have an area that shows recent cases and where the tracking info shows those people went-before they got the Covid diagnosis. It seems that many cases around here were tracked to bars and restaurants, but many,if not most to assisted living center and nursing homes. My church had to go completely Virtual and only had one service Sunday, (our pastor was exposed to COVID) via UTube, Facebook and our other meetings are on ZOOM. People I know are getting so tired of the virus situation and many are depressed. But we all have to stay as safe as we can, and limit where we go-The local Amercian Legion had a fund raising dinner and many got exposed to it there. And it is a good time to check in with your neighbors and friends by phone or email- because talking about it while we wait for our vaccines does help a lot. Spring is coming as well-and some of the schools are opening again-nationwide - around here the schools stayed open and went hybrid- in person some days and virtual the other days of the week. I do think we will need masks and social distancing here in NY for many more months. But I also think the virus is loosing its edge- because so many Americans have followed the CDC guidelines.
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