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  1. I did ask about him to the new TA that took over our bookings. They were very tight lipped and would only say that the incident was not fatal, but that it was unlikely he would be back at work.
  2. Like Bo1953, we had a very similar issue. TA was a one man show, who up until time of his disappearance had offered a very good service. We eventually found out that he had a very serious medical emergency and was no longer able to service his clients. You need to talk to Celebrity customer services as soon as you can, chances are they are already aware there is an issue. They have procedures to deal with this type of problem. In our case, our existing bookings were transferred to another TA of Celebrity’s choice. It all worked out well in the end.
  3. Some early research indicating that vaccines are doing a pretty good job of preventing severe effects of the virus. https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=094105095110064010010087083023109024033033030064027066098019053057055125032027082011112077004007127064006054060024066075116022005006024055005051111074107015104060051101071111002026025081108004023009116010035011036126028075119004008116085028107084127127066104027083105025099006091031097120118&EXT=pdf&INDEX=TRUE
  4. @TeeRick not the Novavax trial protocol per se, but see below an extract from an email I received from doctor managing trial at the hub I attend. ”Thank you for getting in touch with us about your NHS appointment. I will try and give you a call tomorrow - apologies as we have received a very high volume of calls. In the meantime I wanted to explain that there are two options going forward. Following the news of Novavax's vaccine efficacy of 89.3%, Novavax is on the way to change to format of this trial. This will involve all our participants getting the Novavax
  5. Novavax phase 3 trial here in Scotland is being modified. They are now changing to what they are calling “crossover” phase. Basically, they are offering Novavax vaccine to all those in the trial who were originally given the placebo. The vaccine will be given in 2 doses, 3 weeks apart assuming it is approved by the regulator (probably late March) I only found out about this when I talked to trial team earlier this morning to discuss being unblinded since I have been called to get my first NHS vaccine shot.
  6. Yeah, they have reported the 80+ number is being looked at. They have said they believe the 80+ cohort size may be overestimated, so expect that 90% reported may actually be a little low.
  7. Very high rates of uptake being reported here in Scotland so far! 98% for care home residents 89% for care home workers 90% for over 80’s living in community
  8. Any of our experts able to comment on this information? I’m thinking the reduced transmission claim is positive.
  9. I have attached link below to the current COVID vaccination plan for Scotland. Headline details are on pages 8 and 9, but also interesting to note that the plan is based on worst case for vaccine availability. Let’s hope that it they can deliver it. https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/strategy-plan/2020/12/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-deployment-plan-2021/documents/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-deployment-plan-2021/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-deployment-plan-2021/govscot%3Adocument/COVID-19%2Bvaccine%2Bdeployment%2Bplan%2B14%2BJanuary%2B2021.pdf
  10. I am in the Novavax phase 3 trial in Scotland; started in November. I have had both injections, don’t know if placebo or vaccine. I have had it confirmed that when I am called for approved vaccine, they will unblind me. If I have had placebo I should go ahead and have the approved vaccine, if I have had the vaccine I have been told that they do not recommend I have the approved vaccine. The reason they give for this is that they have no evidence of how the two vaccines may react. They also indicated that anyone who has only had a single injection of the Novavax vaccine should g
  11. I don’t know for certain, but I’d hazard a guess that right now Celebrity don’t know with any certainty which ships will sail where or when. Their near and medium term schedule is in tatters and there has been nothing but cancellations followed by rescheduling as the pandemic has rolled on. I’m not a Celebrity apologist, but I think we all need to acknowledge that whatever they do they are going to struggle to get much right. I do note that they have tried to get out in front of things with their W21/S22 redeployment plans. But even with that they are struggling to work through
  12. I am in the Novavax trial. I was told prior to entering the trial, that if an approved vaccine became available, then I could drop out of the trial and take it. At my third appointment a few weeks ago we discussed situation again and I was told that when I was called for an approved vaccination I should call and they would unblind me. At that time, if in placebo arm I should go ahead and be vaccinated, if in vaccine arm, then they would do antibody tests then advise. Very recently I received written advice to the effect that if I was in trial vaccine arm and had received both do
  13. Thanks for sharing this. I found the comment about swollen lymph nodes particularly interesting. I’m am participating in the Novavax phase 3 trial and on all 3 appointments to date the doctor has examined my neck, throat and armpits. I did ask about this at the initial appointment and was told they were checking my lymph nodes. It would appear that this side effect may not be unexpected in the Novavax vaccine??
  14. @nomad098 I can’t say that I agree with much of your postings. I will say this however............. It is a fundamental obligation of a government in a democracy to serve and protect its citizens. When such a government receives advice from its public health medical professionals, it needs to pay heed to that advice. All the information I have read or heard to date is to the effect that the medical advice being offered is that the vaccine is safe and effective and needs to be administered to as much of the adult population as is possible. I guess that gets us to how the government im
  15. And I can only speak to what the Scottish government have said.They have made a decision about under 50’s. Below is a quote straight from their covid website. Additionally, the national clinical director is advising under 50’s may have to wait to early summer, but they are on the list! “Vaccination for other groups will begin as soon as the supply of vaccine becomes available. The aim is for every adult in Scotland to be offered the vaccination. NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get your vaccine as soon as it's offered to you.”
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