It's right around the corner. We're about to turn the corner. We're going to beat this thing.

I've been hearing that a lot.

I've also got questions. My own paranoia I guess.

You sure about that? Because I can't help but think that with this cure/vaccine, there's a whole lot of stuff that's coming along with it.

We've been nonstop pandemic, coronavirus, Covid-19 for months now. Fatigue is setting in. The dreaded third wave is upon us. There are folks who think we still haven't seen the wide ranging effects of the virus because of Thanksgiving travel.

The first signs of a post-Thanksgiving surge in coronavirus cases are beginning to show up in data released by states across the country in a troubling prelude of what may become the deadliest month of the pandemic so far. (The Hill)

But we've got a vaccine and Pfizer and they're distributing it in the UK and it's going to get approved here and...

And I've heard even if it gets approved here we won't have enough. Because when we could have signed that deal, we didn't.

Last summer, Pfizer officials had urged Operation Warp Speed to purchase 200 million doses, or enough of the two-shot regimen for 100 million people, according to people knowledgeable about the issue who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the situation. But the Warp Speed officials declined, opting instead for 100 million doses, they said. (Washington Post)

Some folks are willing to take this vaccine as soon as it's available. Others not so much. So how do you persuade folks to do it? Because we need about 70-75% of people on board for herd immunity. How about a check?

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In a poll taken in early October, 58 percent of people in the United States said they would get a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine. That was down from 69 percent in August.

In response to that finding, there are now calls for the federal government to consider paying people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. (Healthline)

It's a win-win right? They're talking $1000 to $1500. People take the vaccine. Good for the economy. Nothing could go wrong with that right?

“Trying to pay people to take the vaccine suggests there’s something wrong with the vaccine,” said Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, a professor of bioethics in the department of population health at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine and the director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone.

“It’s not going to address their suspicions and doubts. It’s going to inflame them,” Caplan told (Healthline).

And you know someone is going to try to make a buck off of this right? People love Nike tennis shoes. Jordans specifically. There is huge demand for them. People pay top dollar for them and you have to be careful to make sure you purchase real ones. See where I'm going with this?

Internet ads offering you COVID vaccines are fake, according to a warning from Europol, Europe’s law enforcement agency.

“Once a legitimate vaccine enters the market, counterfeited versions of the specific vaccine brand are expected to circulate rapidly,” the warning said. (Archerint)

And finally, are you going to trust someone who tells you they've received the vaccine simply on their word? Or a signed document? Remember these things?

McConnell Adams/The Healthy American

All those fake face mask exemption cards. You don't think folks would try to pull a fast one on you by faking a document or flat out lying to you about "already taking the shot"? I wouldn't put it past anyone and my paranoia won't let me.

So let's review.

  • I'm nervous about a fast tracked vaccine.
  • It might not be available because we didn't sign on to get enough at the beginning.
  • They are considering paying folks to take it. And that may or may not influence confidence in said vaccine.
  • Fake vaccines for sale on the internet.
  • Folks lying about taking the vaccine.

That's a nice little short list.

Just me?