Vaccine Guru Sara
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Meet Abhinav. He's one of the the youngest participants in the world to take part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial for Pfizer. This brave boy took his vaccine like a hero so the rest of us could feel safer vaccinating our own kids.
Update on 5/11: On Monday May 10th, the FDA approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12 and older. Now we must wait for the CDC Director to give final approval. As soon as CVS, HEB, Walgreens, and other providers update their systems, let the Pfizer Gold Rush begin.
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What Pfizer has said: Their Covid-19 vaccine will protect kids 12 years and older, and it is 100% effective in protecting against symptomatic Covid. These results were a part of a study involving 2,200 children. Hopefully this will lead to shots for kids by the summer time.
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Red October is my code name for J&J
Where in the world is Johnson and Johnson?
Do you really want the J&J vaccine? Here's what I know and here's what I don't know. You can find the weekly state allocations here. It might help you on your quest to secure an elusive J&J vaccine.
History: Week 13, or the week starting March 8th, was the first time I saw the J&J vaccines on the HEB website. There were at least four locations. They were Waxahachie, Austin, Tomball, and for the life of me I cannot remember the fourth one. The events were sponsored by HEB on Saturday and Sunday, but they took place at an event center, the AISD school headquarters, and a church. The sign ups for the event in Austin occurred between 8am and 9am on Friday and Saturday for the following days. Week 14 brought 3 more sites - Odessa, Orange Grove, and Waco, but they were located at the HEBs and the quantity distributed seemed to be a lot less. The drops seemed within a span of two days, but of course I did not scribble down when they happened.
If you look at the allocation for Week 15 there is a hefty dose of J&J at the DSHS central pharmacy warehouse. There was also a large amount in Week 13. Coincidence? Where these vaccines go is anyone's guess, but I think we might see some big events this weekend. Of course, there is no consistency to this scheduling system, but I for one will be watching between 8am and 9am for a J&J vaccine drop on Friday and Saturday. I'll keep my expectations low though.
If anyone knows of some good J&J gossip, comment below. If I missed any drops, all I will do is quote Ronald Weasley when he was talking about Dumbledore and the chocolate frog cards in Harry Potter: "You can't expect him to stick around all day can you?"