When I read that the Covid vaccine inventors just won the Nobel Prize, I felt like applauding! Hooray!
Rabbi Hillel said that saving a life is like saving an entire world.
Although religion is banned on METAR, I’m sure that even atheists will agree that saving lives is worthy of praise. And who can claim to have saved more lives than the inventors of vaccines?
Nobel Prize Awarded to Covid Vaccine Pioneers
The physiology or medicine prize for Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman recognized work that led to the development of vaccines that were administered to billions around the world.
By Benjamin Mueller, The New York Times, Oct. 2, 2023
The approach to mRNA the two researchers developed has been used in Covid shots that have since been administered billions of times globally and has transformed vaccine technology, laying the foundation for inoculations that may one day protect against a number of deadly diseases like cancer. [end quote]
I have personally received 5 Covid shots (including boosters) and plan to get another this week if the new vaccine has been distributed in our small, remote town. DH and I are high risk due to age and pre-existing lung disease. We are among the few people in the U.S. who never got Covid to date.
As far as I know, I never had it either. The pharmacy at my local grocery store announced it would receive the new vax on September 27. Last week was busy for me. Made my appointment this morning, for this Thursday.
This graph shows that in the world only 15K covid vaccines were administered last week, the lowest since December 2020 before the rollout.
Husband and I are also “Covid naive”…and long may it continue. Flu, RSV and Covid booster next week.
I’m not at all surprised, given the perversity of human nature. I’m pretty sure the numbers of folk getting their flu shots will also drift back to the level of complacency of the pre-pandemic years.
@VeeEnn I have a friend who had bad side effects after getting all 3 shots together. I plan to get the Covid and flu together, but RSV in a month or so.
Make that 15k and one.
Costco did the honors last Saturday. Flu n COVID vax.
I massaged the injection sites (one each shoulder), a few times.
No muscle pain during movement at all. None!
Pressing the injection sites revealed very mild soreness. That continues to now.
No notable “lethargy” either.
I did wonder if I might be drinking from the fire hydrant, Wendy…but decided on once and done. Still time to reschedule if I get cold feet.
Had my flu shot a month ago. The store even sent their vax questionnaire to me, partly filled out. One question was whether I had any vax within four weeks. I checked the paperwork for the flu shot, and the calendar. On Thursday, I will be one day over 4 weeks.
Nope. That would be 15k on Sept 25. Those are daily figures, not weekly.
The world had been averaging well over 100k per day for about 3 months until a sharp drop off in the 2nd half of Sept. Makes me wonder if there’s a supply issue. Perhaps a gap in supply while vaccine production shifts to the newest annual version of the vaccine?
My family had shots scheduled for a week ago but my appt was cancelled 48 hours prior when the facility notified me that the updated vaccine had yet to arrive.
I got my updated booster this past Friday instead at a different location.
I expect we will see a bounce back ranging over the next three weeks.
Not (yet) had Covid, and am less worried about it now.
Hi-dose flu shot and RSV shots two weeks ago (CVS–they only did two at a time, not three).
Got Pfizer Covid 23-24 vaccine last week (Walgreens).
All CVS locations in the metro area were booked solid, and then so was Walgreens.
Did all reservations online and everything went very smoothly.
Friend had gotten RSV vaccine the week before I did, and he had a strong reaction (mild flu-like symptoms for two days). About the same as I had for the second Shingrix vaccine. He said to get RSV separately, but I asked, when at CVS, if they had hi-dose flu vaccine, and they did–so I got it too. They did not have any unallocated Covid vaccine at that location.
Other than injection site tenderness for a few days, nothing significant in terms of reactions to the three most recent vaccines.
Neither Mrs. Goofy or I have had Covid. We have had all the shots and boosters, including the latest. I had both RSV and Covid one week ago, I was scheduled to get the flu shot today, except if you’ve had any vaccines they want you to wait a week or two between, so I’m rescheduled for 10 days from now. I guess all the antibody control bots inside me are too busy to notice a new one?
Ah, you are right. They are weekly rolling averages.
I’m guessing that the Kaiser strike will slow down vaccinations around here. It will certainly slow down mine.
Serious kudos to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman. This NY Times piece from 2021 (about Karikó) is well worth a read. It says it has been “updated” today, but I don’t know how (other than to mention the Nobel). Obvious hints to Nobel prize seekers: be inhumanly persistent, and do work you love.
This is why Maurice Hilleman is one of my personal heroes. Paul Offit’s biography of Hilleman is well worth a read.
The pharmacist told me two weeks between RSV and the others.
She said it was the shingles shot with Covid shot or flu shot (not sure which) that sees a boost in the immune response when given in the same arm.
I am getting the Flu and Covid booster about ten days from now. I had the RSV. I thought the study was Flu and COVID boosters raise immune response when given the same arm at the same time. Could be wrong.
Got my confirmation for my upcoming shots…flu and Covid booster only, so my mistake about the RSV.
All 3 together would be my preference unless there’s a real contraindication but I’ll take what’s going.
Thanks for this heads-up! It’s one I missed. On its way to me right now…a purchase rather than a library get as Paul Offit (along with others) has gotten so much flak from the anti vax movement that it feels like a bit of tangible support on my behalf.
Actually, antibiotics may have saved more lives. Or the two are neck and neck.