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    • I would be eligible for a booster as of 10/6 based on my comorbidities. Dean Wormer was right - fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life. But it does get you a Covid booster shot.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, and Max Patch to Carter Notch NH
    • LIhikers wrote:

      What are the rules for a booster shot for an oldsters with no known medical problems?

      Actually I wonder if I need a booster considering I just had Covid last month.
      65 years old or older, 6 months after your 2nd Pfizer shot (Moderna and J&J not yet approved). Some youngsters under 65 can still get the booster depending upon existing health conditions or occupation.

      If you had Covid you should still get the booster; I don't know if there is a recommended "waiting period" after recovery or not.

      Edit to add: Getting to leave for my shot and I'm looking over the instuctions -- it says that if you were diagnosed with Covid within 14 days of your appointment to reschedule and come back when you "feel healthy and well".
      2,000 miler

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    • IMScotty wrote:

      I thought this was interesting. The group that was most 'Vaccine Hesitant' (by education level) was Ph.D's.


      I wouldn't put any stock into that study, despite the CMU association. If it's the one I'm thinking of, it was funded by Facebook, not peer-reviewed, and it was from an online, self-reported survey. Researchers: "Additionally, we assume the survey was completed in good faith. " I wouldn't hang my hat on such a study design. Doesn't make it wrong, but sure can't assume it's right.

      And what field of PhD makes a big difference I would think. Not all fields require the same fluency in science and critical thinking.

      "A lot of people think I have a PhD, and I'm smart enough to have one, so I guess I'll just click that box anyway ...." ;)
    • Astro wrote:

      odd man out wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      odd man out wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Just booked my booster for tomorrow afternoon at the Walgreens less than a mile from home.
      I'm not eligible until mid Oct, and then only if they say that "teacher" includes university professor. Different people interpret it differently.
      That's odd. Don't see how professors could be excluded under any defintion of the term.
      Sometimes "teachers" is defined as K-12. That happened last spring. They said teachers were eligible but when I went to fill out the reservation form the question asked if I was a K-12 teacher. The computer spite out as ineligible. I think it is applied variably.
      Fortunately the Pharmacy College of our university is the one's giving our vaccines. Got both of mine Jan/Feb, so hopefully Oct I will be able to get the booster.
      My wife and I got our Pfizer boosters today. I thanked the Pharmacy Professor coordinating it for all the work she and the students put into doing this over the past 10 months and for having such a quick and smooth process. Since my wife is now also faculty at our university I believe she appreciated it more the prior process with the High School.
      And at least no snow an icy roads like the 2nd shot back in February. :thumbup:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General

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    • No booster for me. Instead, I got the real thing. Either way, I’m covered for a while. :)

      It’s not been bad, just some congestion, headache, scratchy throat. Not being able to smell or taste is the worst…super freaky and I can’t wait until that’s better.

      I walked a a few miles the past two days and felt slow and draggy and was a little out of breath today while doing some cardio (hula hooping). I’m planning a BP trip in 2 weeks and wonder if I should expect some lingering breathing problems.
      Lost in the right direction.
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      No booster for me. Instead, I got the real thing. Either way, I’m covered for a while. :)

      It’s not been bad, just some congestion, headache, scratchy throat. Not being able to smell or taste is the worst…super freaky and I can’t wait until that’s better.

      I walked a a few miles the past two days and felt slow and draggy and was a little out of breath today while doing some cardio (hula hooping). I’m planning a BP trip in 2 weeks and wonder if I should expect some lingering breathing problems.
      I hope you are all better soon.
      "Dazed and Confused"
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    • FWIW, got 3rd Pfizer shot Thursday afternoon, and then hiked around 15 miles in the Ozarks between 12 noon Friday and 1pm Saturday. Only felt pain in my shoulder, which meant when rolling over in tent at night that shoulder was not an option. Worst of the three for me, but could have been due to student nurse/pharmacist that gave it. :rolleyes:

      Pehaps was little more tired. But hard to say since nearly two months since climbing up and down mountains. :)

      Key I guess is that I survived and hopefully will not be contributing to any hospital overcrowding. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      No booster for me. Instead, I got the real thing. Either way, I’m covered for a while. :)

      It’s not been bad, just some congestion, headache, scratchy throat. Not being able to smell or taste is the worst…super freaky and I can’t wait until that’s better.

      I walked a a few miles the past two days and felt slow and draggy and was a little out of breath today while doing some cardio (hula hooping). I’m planning a BP trip in 2 weeks and wonder if I should expect some lingering breathing problems.
      I take it that means you got a 'Breakthrough' case TJ?
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      No booster for me. Instead, I got the real thing. Either way, I’m covered for a while. :)

      It’s not been bad, just some congestion, headache, scratchy throat. Not being able to smell or taste is the worst…super freaky and I can’t wait until that’s better.

      I walked a a few miles the past two days and felt slow and draggy and was a little out of breath today while doing some cardio (hula hooping). I’m planning a BP trip in 2 weeks and wonder if I should expect some lingering breathing problems.
      Got to read slower, just realized you got Covid instead of some type of shot. Praying for a quick recovery.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      No booster for me. Instead, I got the real thing. Either way, I’m covered for a while. :)

      It’s not been bad, just some congestion, headache, scratchy throat. Not being able to smell or taste is the worst…super freaky and I can’t wait until that’s better.

      I walked a a few miles the past two days and felt slow and draggy and was a little out of breath today while doing some cardio (hula hooping). I’m planning a BP trip in 2 weeks and wonder if I should expect some lingering breathing problems.
      Sorry. to hear of your illness, I hope you recover quickly . I had it too despite being vaccinated. I had 3 days of being very sick, 3 days moderately sick and 3 days of just a little sick. The quarantine lasted longer than me feeling sick.
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      Thank you everyone. Compared to having RSV a few months ago, I didn’t get very sick, thank goodness for the vaccine. Tomorrow I’m officially off quarantine, Yay! Yippee! Hooray!

      …but there’s something about being forced to stay at home, dang I got so much stuff done. My violin practice has been unfocused the past few months so I got that under control and made really good progress. I also worked on two knitting projects, one weaving project, baked some bread and English muffins, fermented jalapeños, made kombucha, dehydrated sweet potatoes and peppers for BP meals, cleaned the house, walked a bunch of miles, practiced hula hooping, spent quality time in my hammock, watched the birds, listened to audiobooks…and I don’t know what else.

      I nearly went hiking yesterday but resisted, knowing it wasn’t the right thing to do until I was officially off quarantine. Can’t wait to get back on a trail.
      Lost in the right direction.
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      LIhikers wrote:

      Hula Hooping ?
      Now there's something I haven't thought or heard about in a hundred years. Is hula hooping a thing these days?
      I could be wrong but I think Hula hooping is mostly associated with the hippy lifestyle but it’s becoming more popular with fitness people.

      I’ve never been able to hoop and wanted to learn so bought one and started practicing. I just do plain old waist hooping, not dance or tricks. The key is a big hoop with grippy tape on the inside. I’m finding it to be relaxing and meditative plus good exercise.
      Lost in the right direction.
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      odd man out wrote:

      I can do it. I choose not to ;)
      Lol! I only do it in the privacy of my living room.

      (For me, being physically active as I age means keeping it interesting, fun, and fresh. I don’t do well with doing the same things over and over. It gets boring and I lose interest. And who cares anyway? I’m too old to worry about what people think.) :)
      Lost in the right direction.