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On 1/15/2021 at 2:51 PM, Sua Sponte said:

You want to go after fraud, waste, and abuse? Go after all the AFRC/ANG ARTs that double dip and take Mil-leave from their civil service status to get their GS-whatever pay and then get their military rank/allowances pay when activated under Title 10.

 

That's not F/W/A. Mil leave is a benefit for all Federal employees.  It would be no different if they were a school teacher or a lawyer in town and took leave and got paid by their civilian job.

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Vaccine on Monday, then popped positive Tuesday with congestion, headache and loss of smell. It turns out someone I was exposed to the week prior had it and gave me the bug. 
 

So, both covid and the Moderna vaccine had a cage match in my body this last week - all things considered, the experience was pretty tame. 

Unfortunately, it takes a few days for the vaccine to work. Then you still need the second dose.

Not talking about you. But they keep reminding everyone who receives the vaccine to wear a mask, social distance, and to wash their hands. People aren't going to listen. Otherwise, we wouldn't have this huge problem.

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2 hours ago, mudhen69 said:

That's not F/W/A. Mil leave is a benefit for all Federal employees.  It would be no different if they were a school teacher or a lawyer in town and took leave and got paid by their civilian job.

Except it’s more like having the same job being paid by same employer two separate ways to do the same thing.

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Except it’s more like having the same job being paid by same employer two separate ways to do the same thing.
It's not the same job though. They are taking paid vacation from one job, while working their second job. The fact that it's the same employer means nothing, since that employer hired that person to do 2 separate jobs.

For example, if a TR takes mil leave at the same time they take PTO from their GS Treasury dept job to maximize their vacation, no one blinks an eye at them getting paid twice to do the same thing by the same employer.

What makes it all stupid (and gives an incorrect outside *appearance* of potential F/W/A) is the unfair rules piling up on ARTs over the years that blur the line between their civilian and military status. The biggest of which is tying an ART's civilian GS job to their part time TR status. They can't quit being a TR and just be a GS employee, nor can they typically quit (at will, like any other GS job that's not an ART) the GS job and stay a TR (without repercussions). The GS portion should be decoupled from the TR portion, but they won't do that because they know either no one will take the job (especially if there's a requirement to have military aviation experience in the unit's MWS), or they can't retain full time experience for cheap anymore. Part of the problem is following the AD model of using squadron pilots to fill jobs: a scheduler doesn't need to know how to fly the jet, just the scheduling and crew rest rules. Training shop just needs to understand how to read the training tables (if the A1C in SARM/HARM can do it, why do you need a GS-12+ to do it as an ART?) But all of those can be done by someone without wings for much less money. And if it's something that needs a pilot's inputs, they can get that one weekend a month from a TR assigned to the shop, or anytime from an AGR.

Much less important, but related, is forcing ARTs to wear a military uniform while in civilian status, which completely blurs the line between what status they are working in, and creates the appearance of doing *military* work when they are in fact doing *civilian* work. This appearance can lead to thinking they are paid twice for the same work: once for their military leave for their part time TR job (military job), and again for being in the office working in a military uniform they are forced to wear off duty (civilian job).

The government is utilizing them like full time AD, without paying them full time AD pay and benefits. This also gives DoD a lot more flexibility in manning, since civilians don't count against end strength, making the positions easier to create/eliminate (maybe not at the unit level) as needed, so long as funding is available. And yes, AD is the better comparison than AGR, as AGRs have limits on how they are utilized.
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California calls for pause of 330,000 doses, investigation after allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine batch

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/01/18/coronavirus-california-calls-for-pause-investigation-after-allergic-reactions-to-moderna-vaccine-batch

"An abnormally high number of people experienced anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention, after receiving a shot of the Moderna vaccine at one San Diego vaccination site, Dr. Erica Pan said in statement Sunday. While the number was fewer than 10."

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1 hour ago, MyCS said:

California calls for pause of 330,000 doses, investigation after allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine batch

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/01/18/coronavirus-california-calls-for-pause-investigation-after-allergic-reactions-to-moderna-vaccine-batch

"An abnormally high number of people experienced anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention, after receiving a shot of the Moderna vaccine at one San Diego vaccination site, Dr. Erica Pan said in statement Sunday. While the number was fewer than 10."

So...10 reactions out of 330,000 doses?  I'll take those odds.

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Charles Barkley talked about players being able to cut the vaccine line on TNT just the other day. Zero support from fans. Now the NBA commissioner is going to try it. Lol. Under some BS outreach to African Americans. 

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30742821/nba-talking-vaccinating-players-psa

They should have to wait like everyone else. I want the high risk, elderly, and first responders taken care of first. 

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1 hour ago, MyCS said:

Charles Barkley talked about players being able to cut the vaccine line on TNT just the other day. Zero support from fans. Now the NBA commissioner is going to try it. Lol. Under some BS outreach to African Americans. 

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30742821/nba-talking-vaccinating-players-psa

They should have to wait like everyone else. I want the high risk, elderly, and first responders taken care of first. 

I think a major part of this piss poor vaccine rollout is the logistics behind serving 1st responders and the like first. Make it first come, first served and I bet those people would make the effort to get out there. How there aren’t 24-hour clinics doing this I don’t understand. But then again, I’m not a doctor. 

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6 hours ago, pawnman said:

So...10 reactions out of 330,000 doses?  I'll take those odds.

"An abnormally high number of people experienced anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention, after receiving a shot of the Moderna vaccine at one San Diego vaccination site, Dr. Erica Pan said in statement Sunday night. While the number was fewer than 10"

I read that as just under 10 people had that reaction at a single location that was administering the vaccine. 

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I think a major part of this piss poor vaccine rollout is the logistics behind serving 1st responders and the like first. Make it first come, first served and I bet those people would make the effort to get out there. How there aren’t 24-hour clinics doing this I don’t understand. But then again, I’m not a doctor. 


That's part of the problem.

Should be preference for medical/elderly/(insert high risk group), and towards the end of the day should be available to anyone who wants it so thawed doses aren't thrown out.

Or something similar to free for all like you said, but have a fast pass line for those folks that allows them to go ahead of everyone else. That way you minimize vaccine doses thrown away at the end of the day.

I've got no problem with medical personnel getting pushed to front of the line due to their exposure risk and the importance of their job.

Either way, mandating only x group can get vaccine while y group has to wait until some undetermined point in the future leads to waste and slows down the overall effort, especially if you don't force/incentivize the priority group to hurry. Basically, don't be overly strict like NY was (to give the appearance of being fair), because it causes waste. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/01/10/nyregion/new-york-vaccine-guidelines.amp.html

Something about planning ops based on event based criteria and not time based criteria. And executing on intent vs strict, narrow interpretations on guidance.

The other part of the problem is just basic logistics. How much do you send to different locations? Have to balance a site's capacity and demand, and do so in a manner where vaccines aren't just sitting on shelves. But it can be hard to predict demand, especially at specific sites, unless you are making appointments at that site.

West Virgina seems to be doing really well with its distribution though.
https://apnews.com/article/politics-pandemics-west-virginia-coronavirus-pandemic-2e682c51172839a57ab17ca2b7b8d336

24 hour clinics means getting medical personnel to cover 24 hour ops, there just are not enough of them to do it. Only so many nurses and pharmacists out there, and the nurses have likely been in surge ops for almost a year and are needed elsewhere as well. It's probably overkill anyways, don't think you'll have people banging down the door to get a shot at 3 am. Sure there are shift workers, so maybe a night clinic every so often. Maybe if there's demand for it, but someone's got to pay the nurses and pharmacists giving the vaccine (along with their typical pay overrides for night shifts and overtime), unless you want to use military healthcare workers.
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On 1/19/2021 at 5:21 PM, MyCS said:

Charles Barkley talked about players being able to cut the vaccine line on TNT just the other day. Zero support from fans. Now the NBA commissioner is going to try it. Lol. Under some BS outreach to African Americans. 

I don't hate the idea IF it was a part of a national PR campaign. With so many people being concerned about the speed of the development of the vaccine I would invite celebrities (I don't have to know who they are) that are respected by groups that are being hesitant about receiving the vaccine. Get a Tik Tok star, some professional athletes, The Rock, and an influencer, put them on TV getting the vaccine and have them use their social media to get the word out. Maybe wait a few weeks until the 65+ age group is done but don't be afraid to give it earlier. 

This also wouldn't be the first time the US has done this, Elvis helped out with the polio vaccine: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/12/18/elvis-presley-polio-vaccine-confidence-448131

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New data shows that the Covid-19 vaccines currently on the market may not be as effective in guarding against new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/21/dr-fauci-says-covid-vaccines-appear-to-be-less-effective-against-some-new-strains.html

 

Anyone surprised?

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Here's the actual scientific article because, when it comes to science, mainstream news articles are basically worthless:

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.01.18.427166v1.full

BL: It looks like it could be bad, with over 50% of natural produced antibody samples not showing immunity to this strain. They predict that folks, even if they already had COVID or got the first vaccine, will now be able to get COVID 2.0, but this is a limited evaluation. They never tested actual people that were vaccinated, and they never actually saw a secondary reinfection. They just produce evidence that points to likelihood. Time will tell. God help us.

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9 hours ago, Negatory said:

Here's the actual scientific article because, when it comes to science, mainstream news articles are basically worthless:

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.01.18.427166v1.full

BL: It looks like it could be bad, with over 50% of natural produced antibody samples not showing immunity to this strain. They predict that folks, even if they already had COVID or got the first vaccine, will now be able to get COVID 2.0, but this is a limited evaluation. They never tested actual people that were vaccinated, and they never actually saw a secondary reinfection. They just produce evidence that points to likelihood. Time will tell. God help us.

This is going to kill the primary campaign to vaccinate people if the public has reason to believe it's not as effective as advertised. 

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55 minutes ago, FLEA said:

This is going to kill the primary campaign to vaccinate people if the public has reason to believe it's not as effective as advertised. 

Was briefed that DHA is going to start a strategic campaign aimed at telling people why they should receive the vaccine. Just throw water on a grease fire 🔥

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https://apnews.com/article/pfizer-study-vaccine-coronavirus-strain-3094dd3cc91b4a20780402476cdcb5ae

That article talks about Pfizer’s effectiveness against new strains.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/modernas-covid-vaccine-should-work-against-new-strains-for-now-what-its-ceo-said-51609870246

Moderna link.

They’re both over 2 weeks old now, and I am struggling to find the one I referenced in my previous post.

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My nurse in flight medicine is married to a guy on the Army side.  Several of his soldiers said they are not getting the vaccine. They said if you get something that is voluntary and have a side effect later on in life, in theory the United States military will not cover it when you retire seeing how you "volunteered" to get it. But if you are required to get it or it is mandated and have long lasting side effects, then at retirement you can file a claim and the United States government has to pay you for it.

Me: 🤔🤔🤔 Sounds exactly like what Uncle Sam and our government might do to us. I don't want to be on the show 60 Minutes, 20 years from now crying on tv for support.

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