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Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:59 PM

Got my first shot from a soldier in the 101st Airborne!

Floridaís COVID distribution plan, a term I use generously, is a cluster. Depending on various grocery stores with each managing their own appointment sites with unsteady resupply and poor communication.

So after spending a few hours trying to work it out and get an appointment I said screw it and drove 30 minutes into west Orlando to one of the FEMA sites. And I witnessed how a competent government handles vaccine distribution in a pandemic.

Showed my Dr.ís script to a nurse and was directed into line. I figured there were 200-300 hundred folks in front of me. The line moved toward a series of tents and I saw what I thought were National Guard doing crowd management. Once I got near the first tent I noticed the screaming eagle on the left shoulder and commented to the man in front of me and the lady behind me(properly spaced) that these are Airborne troops, not national guard! The lady behind me was a Canadian National living in Orlando so I had to explain the difference and gave her a brief rundown of the 101st. I was overheard by one of the Soldiers who committed to his buddy that someone recognized them for what they are and he asked me how I knew. Of course the 101st might be the most famous and well known Division in the US army, but I just told him I recognized his patch. As a walk away he gave an ďAir AssaultĒ yell. They all looked like kids! .

Anyway registration and confirming my script was done quickly in 2 other tents then into the vaccination tent where they must have been 30 vaccination stations. After one more confirmation of my identity a young private named Torres gave me my shot. He is from California originally and they shipped down from Ft Campbell in Kentucky to set up and staff the site. Said they were staying in a local hotel.

Finally to another tent for my 15 minutes of observation and on my way home.

Total time truck to truck: 50 minutes!

That is how you get it done! Sites like these should have been replanned and ready to go all around the country when the vaccine began to become available.

My experience today it what good leadership looks like.

My wife is qualified on Monday and we are going early in the morning an hour before they open. The first 500 shots each day are J&J and I want her to get it. I was later and got Pfizer.

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Reply Got my first shot from a soldier in the 101st Airborne! (Original post)
GulfCoast66 Mar 9 OP
Hoyt Mar 9 #1
Phoenix61 Mar 9 #2
WA-03 Democrat Mar 9 #3
TomSlick Mar 9 #4
GulfCoast66 Mar 9 #6
TomSlick Mar 9 #7
GulfCoast66 Mar 9 #8
TomSlick Mar 9 #10
GulfCoast66 Mar 9 #12
kairos12 Mar 9 #5
Blue_true Mar 9 #9
GulfCoast66 Mar 9 #11
Blue_true Mar 9 #13
GulfCoast66 Mar 9 #14
Blue_true Mar 10 #16
WarGamer Mar 10 #15
Blue_true Mar 10 #17
GulfCoast66 Mar 10 #18
WarGamer Mar 10 #19

Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:10 PM

1. Got mine at a large FEMA site too. Very efficient, went well, folks were fun, etc.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:11 PM

2. They should have been planned before the

vaccine was even available. (Of course, that would have required a competent leader.) Biden has done an amazing job to get things up and running so fast.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:28 PM

3. Thanks for posting and sharing

Seems like our Commander In Chief is making it happen. The 101st had orders for sure and werenít there randomly-great story.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:31 PM

4. HOOAH!

Want it done right? Call the Army.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:43 PM

6. But good god I felt old! They looked like kids!

Very well fit and put together kids. But kids.

Something you may appreciate. There were a good many OPD cops there in all their gear. I commented to the man in front of me they seemed less bossy than they normally are. Once I saw the 101st there I realized why! They werenít they big dog on that campus!

Just leaning on their cruisers watching the soldiers get it done. Realize, our Governor did not welcome the FEMA sites with open arms.

Have a nice week.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:48 PM

7. There is a reason we feel old when we see young troops.

I just can't remember the reason. First thing to go and all.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:04 PM

8. LOL!

Iíll tell you this, that was the most professional operation I have seen in a while. The Covid testing sites I went to last year were shambolic in comparison.

I saw 2 people crying as they got their shot and thanking the troopers to the point they seemed embarrassed. I simply thanked private Torres and he said Ďyes sir, just doing my jobí.

You were an Army Aviator, correct? Forgive me if I got your branch wrong!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:07 PM

10. Me? No, I'm a retired Army Judge Advocate.

A chair-borne ranger.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:14 PM

12. Well, I got the branch correct! I knew you were a lawyer.

Guess Iím getting older too!

Have a nice evening.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:34 PM

5. Screaming Vaccines!!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:06 PM

9. Thanks for the in person account GulfCoast.

I donít expect to have a FEMA site near me. But I know the people at my nearest CVS, so I will check with them.

I am single and have been social distancing as best I can and I wear a mask around everyone. So, I can wait.

I do understand your urgency given what you posted last week about your health and about your concerns for your wife, with her working every day and getting potential exposure from that route.

Take care.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:13 PM

11. Thank you. I briefly felt I like I was jumping the line, but I qualified.

And protecting my wife has always been my most important role as a husband. Understand, she would bristle at the idea that she needs protection! She is a super successful woman and can take care of herself. But itís what husbands do. All loving spouses for that matter.

Have a nice evening and a good week. Beautiful weather here in Florida

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:23 PM

13. Yes. The weather is beautiful right now.

I took your advice on when to start tomato plants here in Florida. I already have seedlings growing and will have pretty large plants by May. When I put them into the ground, I will put them in an area that gets a fraction of the sun that is available each day to not stress them.

Again, take care. Youíre are doing the right thing using your eligibility for getting vaccinated to scout the vaccine for your wife, I believe that is called being a good Spouse, like you pointed out.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:35 PM

14. About to harvest my cabbage.

And the last of the Collards. You could grow them thru the winter. Our Mustards have bolted. And the celery is ok but did not do that well. I might not have watered them enough.

Good luck on the tomatoes. In May try not to get the Foliage wet when watering. It may slow down the fungus when hot but not yet raining daily. Once the daily rains start they are done.

Have a safe week.

Iíve a few other tips but PM me if you want them. Iíve hijacked my own thread talking gardening!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 12:38 AM

16. I am going to be planting companion plants around the tomatoes.

I tried that while on work assignment up North when I still worked in corporate America. That technique seemed to work really well at holding off the soil fungus and bugs. But this is Florida, so I will see what happens. Live and learn. I did grow tomatoes here in Florida once as a teen, but I drenched them so heavily with insecticide that my parents tried one and refused to use them - lots of tomatoes went to waste.

Take care.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 12:01 AM

15. slight disagreement.

You need EVERYWHERE to offer vaccinations, NOT JUST special gov't centers.

Across the country, J&J vaccinations are being sent to local pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid.

Treat this like Flu shots.

It's TERRIBLE planning to only use an empty stadium parking lot with 6 lanes doing drive-thru shots.

A city of 100k may have 25 pharmacies.

200 shots each a day is 5000 shots.

Say 80% of the people WANT shots, community vaccinated in 2+ weeks

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #15)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 12:47 AM

17. He was talking about Florida.

Our governor has been a real ass relative to working with the Biden Administration. I believe the Biden Administration began shipping vaccine directly to Pharmacies around 3 weeks ago, in addition to setting up mass vaccination sites via FEMA. I believe the objective by the FEDs is twofold, have people that can get vaccinated via Pharmacies after negotiating their reservation system, AND having mass vaccination sites for people that have a timeline that they have to meet and canít wait for Pharmacy reservation systems to get straightened out, or for people who are not computer literate and need the mass vaccination sites or the mobile units that the Biden Administration has launched in some states so they can just walk in with eligibility documents.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #15)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:59 AM

18. Oh, I agree.

But this site is very near communities with no major grocery stores or pharmacies. Disadvantage communities on one side.

I heard they were doing over 2500 a day. I believe it. There were hundreds in front of me and I was out in less than an hour.

Our Governor had no real plan. Except using retail outlets that donít serve poor communities. And those in red counties got them first. If we had had advanced plans for more of these sites we could get everyone vaccinated in short order. But our Governor did not even want FEMA sites.

Granted the supply was not yet there. But we are approaching the point where supply is not the hold up, but vaccination appointments.

Iíve never seen such a jovial group of people waiting in line like I saw today.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #18)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 06:51 PM

19. I'm heading back to California at the end of the month and hope to get it at my local CVS

Personally... no way I'd drive an hour plus to Dodger Stadium and wait for 3 hours to get a shot.

I'm getting really optimistic that we may have a normal summer...

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