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  1. California now has a digital COVID 19 vaccine record that you can access.  You fill out a small amount of information and they will send you a link to the QR code and digital copy of your record.  I did it this morning.  Almost too easy.  Now I have the QR code saved in my phone for scanning should anyone ask.

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  2. On 6/8/2021 at 7:32 AM, markeb said:

    I'm in TRICARE, and all of our records are centralized.

    Really? I need to look into this.  Between different duty stations different doctors offices, work, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens I wonder how much they have documented.

    BTW, my COVID test was negative so if I wasn't sure before, I am a firm believer in the vaccine now. I can only imagine what was floating in the Vegas congestion.

  3. On 6/4/2021 at 8:35 AM, cangelmd said:

    I'm in your camp, all the data I have seen plus my real world experience is that these shots are extraordinarily efficacious

    Spent the last week in Vegas.  No masks, 100 percent capacity.  Went to 2 shows, dinners out, a crowded Freemont street, full blackjack tables with people hanging over my shoulder for a spot to open up.  Average age seemed to be MUCH younger than usual- I would say 30 (?).  I really feel that if I didn't contract COVID then it is totally because of the vaccine.  My daughter isn't in the clear yet so I am going to get tested Tuesday so as not to need to wait 2 weeks.

     

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  4. On 5/25/2021 at 5:05 AM, D C said:
    On 5/24/2021 at 7:43 AM, TeeRick said:

    Current Green, Amber and Red countries for UK travelers.  Some examples. The USA and most parts of the northern hemisphere world are Amber.  India is Red as is all of South America.  Portugal and Iceland as well as AUS/NZ and Singapore are Green.

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2021/may/24/england-covid-travel-which-countries-are-on-the-green-amber-and-red-lists

     

    That's a pretty nonsensical list.   No consideration for vaccination status either.  Weird. 

    Also nonsensical in that one can't travel to AUS/NZ anyway, they won't let you in! 

  5. On 5/24/2021 at 7:05 AM, amyr said:

    New Zealand seems like they could open by the end of the year 2021 if they get all their folks vaccinated.  

    We had thought of doing at least NZ land if Australia cruise doesn't happen but we were going with friends and they don't want to travel all that way and only do one part. Like I said, I can't imagine one opening without the other.  If Australia is open to NZ and NZ is open to everyone, then I don't know how protective that is for Australia....It seems it would cause them to do one of 2 things- either they open up also, or close to NZ too.

  6. 9 hours ago, Florida Jim said:

    We are booked on Viking Orion, Feb. 7, 2022 Austrailia to New Zeland.

    Yes, we are on Celebrity around Australia in early February and then planned to fly to NZ and drive though for 2 weeks.  That is why I am wondering if NZ alone might be a possibility.

     

  7. Seems NZ may be more willing to open than Australia.  Last I saw Australia didn't expect to open to international travel until July 2022.  Wonder if NZ actually opens, will Australia feel any  pressure to do the same?

     

    M

  8. 11 hours ago, markeb said:

    What I would expect the industry to propose is that while diners are actively involved in eating in the dining room or other dining venue, separated by at least 6 feet of distance, masks will not be required.

    We are a party of 2 that enjoy spending dinner with other people.  Usually we request being at a table of 6-8.  Guess that isn't going to be likely.  

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  9. On 5/6/2021 at 3:37 PM, HaveWeMetYet said:

    Saw this today.

     

    https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/finance-minister-simon-birmingham-says-no-overseas-travel-until-later-in-2022/news-story/8098512c990408a8643fe8f404f05a1c

     

    I doubt New Zealand will open any sooner.

    Looks like leisure travel from NZ/AUS will not open until 2023 other than between the two.

    Leisure travel/cruising for international visitors to NZ/AUS looking more like mid 2023 or later.

    One of my friends forwarded the same article to me.  Sad.  

    I had hoped maybe for a lift and shift to 2023 but a similar cruise to what we booked isn't in one of their itineraries.

     

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  10. 15 hours ago, K.T.B. said:

     

    Here's the thing though, on most ships, 5% of the passengers is about 100 people approximately.  Sounds to me they're taking the kids under 16 into account.  I might be wrong, it's just how it looks to me.

    Just an FYI, Pfizer is hoping to have its vaccine EU approved for 12yrs  and up in June

    Pfizer Requests Authorization to Use Vaccine in Young Teens - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

     

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  11. 9 hours ago, nocl said:

    Basically the cruise lines could get that done and be able to start in July

    Awesome news, but so many other questions....masks/no masks.....what countries will take us.....will we be able to wander ports on our own or with individual tours......etc.  I'll tell you though, right now I think I'd take a cruise to nowhere!

  12. 57 minutes ago, TeeRick said:

      Fully vaccinated people are worried needlessly right now that they will come up to a year and will need another shot before travelling.  Based on what?

    Based on nothing other than being a worrier. Specifically regarding availability and logistics dovetailing with potential cruise and land tour. 🥴

     

  13. 1 hour ago, TeeRick said:

    mimbecky,

    Here is an article that speaks to the issue of side effects after the vaccine shot.  Many people do not get anything at all but perhaps a sore arm.  Some are worried if they don't get side effects!

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/04/27/990992425/you-dont-have-to-suffer-to-benefit-from-covid-vaccination-but-some-prefer-it

    Thanks.  Still no speculation on response to a booster.  If first shot nothing, second shot a lot, what will happen with a third? M

  14. 6 hours ago, kearney said:

    It may have been a one off... I got mixed feed back... one group I contacted out of Australia.. felt it was not related...but someone I talked to at American Red Cross thought it was likely related to vaccine... Odd thing... they test every time I donate. This time I got the vaccine less than 2 weeks before donating.. I assume that back in early Feb there were likely few people who had the vaccine and then made a donation so close to the shot... What is sad is that I am AB+ universal donor for plasma and platelets... I reached out because it is costly for Red Cross to needlessly knock out people from the donor rolls. I may appeal later and see what they say....  

    Interesting.  My husband donates platelets every 3 weeks.  His first time after being fully vaccinated was a few weeks ago.  Nothing unusual (but he did have antibodies this time).  Will report if something like this pops up on him.  Strange indeed.

  15. 2 hours ago, 4774Papa said:

    I was just going to post the same article.  Hopefully, our Italy trip in October and TA cruise home is still on.

    Hopeful for you too.  Also hopeful that the Australian's get a bit hungry for tourism and follow suit. We want to cruise in Feb and right now they are closed at least through 2021 to everyone....vaxed or not.

  16. 1 hour ago, TeeRick said:

    I will try to watch the episode and comment back. 

     

    By the way, an overlooked and less known fact.   The mRNA vaccine technology was initially developed by two professors at the University Of Pennsylvania with discoveries dating back to 2005. In fact both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech have licensed the mRNA technology from this university.  These two professors deserved to be mentioned here.   Drew Weissman, MD, PhD, and Katalin Karikó, PhD  and Dr. Kariko is now at BioNTech.  It is believed that both are in the running for a Nobel Prize in medicine or related scientific field.

     

    See this short article for more information on these heroes.

     

    https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2020/december/penn-mrna-biology-pioneers-receive-covid19-vaccine-enabled-by-their-foundational-research

     

    I heard a short informational while driving about Jennifer Doudna and her work with mRna.  I found it fascinating and picked up the book "Code Breaker" by Walter Isaacson. Given that I don't have any sort of science background, it is a tough read but not dry at all and seriously cool.

  17. 9 hours ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

    there will have to be a way of ensuring vaccination records are legitimate

     I don't think there is a chance of this ever happening.  Too huge of an undertaking especially now when just getting everyone vaccinated is task enough. Of course unless the government contracts this out, but then others will find a way to falsify.  I think other then the UK, this will be the same for the EU in the coming year- borders will remain closed for the most part.  Possibly even Canada. Dummy me, I believed in an immediate recovery.

  18. Sad if the season doesn't open up.  Hurried up to get vaccinated and still can't go anywhere.  You would think both NZ and Australia would open to vaccinated people since it is looking more like the chance of transmission from a vaccinated person is rare. Lack of tourism has to hurt.

    Oh well, glad we are doing well in the US.  Our state is opening 100 percent in 2 months.  I hadn't wanted to explore home until we were too old to explore outside of home.  Guess we will do it now.  

    Tombstone this month, Sedona in May and Vegas in June.  Although I won't cancel until I know more at final payment, I am glad that the US is big and there are places to explore here for now.

     

  19. I am reading this forum with interest as we are on a cruise (with another line) in Feb 2022 with a follow up trip in NZ.  So many different thoughts from conversations elsewhere.  An Australian on another board said there is no way everyone there will be vaccinated by end of year which is not good news. On the other hand, speaking to an Air NZ rep, he said they anticipate full vaccination by end of July and are hopeful to open by year end. Who knows...

    My only additional thought is that maybe ships are listed "currently unavailable" in order to keep ships below full capacity in anticipation that they won't be allowed to sail at 100 percent?

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