COVID Rants and Raves

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localag242 said:

Sorry for the firestorm with question but how is state determining the distribution by county? A dartboard? From looking at map of vaccine availability what did Brazos county do or not do to get such lacking numbers of vaccine?



I'll take "fail to have anything resembling a plan" for 800, Alex.
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"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help. " Ronald Reagan
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As I said earlier in the thread, the state is giving more vaccines to counties and metros with a solid plan and are actually vaccinating people. The counties struggling to get it out, get less. Out of major metro areas, Brazos County is *dead last*. The three ring circus continues.

Since we have no plan, or anything resembling a plan, it looks like, at least to me, we are going to get less.

In other news, the "dry run" must have not gone well, or they vaccinated all their family and friends, and don't have any left. They have a "plan" to start next week. Washington County starts tomorrow. Edit to add: Washington County has 2x the number of vaccines that Brazos County got. That should tell you everything you need to know.

https://theeagle.com/news/local/officials-brazos-center-wont-be-open-for-covid-19-vaccinations-until-jan-25/article_555cefac-57b8-11eb-8572-472987df6c32.html

Ask your elected officials why Tyler, which is a *smaller* metro is getting 3x the amount of doses this week. I'll give you a hint: they are vaccinating people and we aren't.


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Totally agree with you. Inexcusable.
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Zoom and other methods of meeting are the "norm", but I can't help but think having the Brazos County vaccine coordinator living in New Mexico doesn't add to the potential miscommunications...
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Wait. What?
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Slocum on a mobile said:

In other news, the "dry run" must have not gone well, or they vaccinated all their family and friends, and don't have any left. They have a "plan" to start next week. Washington County starts tomorrow. Edit to add: Washington County has 2x the number of vaccines that Brazos County got. That should tell you everything you need to know.

https://theeagle.com/news/local/officials-brazos-center-wont-be-open-for-covid-19-vaccinations-until-jan-25/article_555cefac-57b8-11eb-8572-472987df6c32.html
At an absolute loss for words after reading that.

At least they had a band onboard the Titanic while they were rearranging the deck chairs.
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Jim Stewart-vaccine coordinator
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GSS said:

Jim Stewart-vaccine coordinator
you have GOT to be !@#*ing kidding me.....

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trouble said:

Wait. What?
check the link.


This is code for " We are paying someone (who just happens to be one of our good ol' boy buddies) to, essentially, do nothing."

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I do feel bad for Col. Stewart, as he's been tasked with making a silk purse out of a sow's ear almost overnight. The fact that he was willing to take on a no-win situation that apparently no one locally was, says something.

it's not going to be easy to undo almost a year's of inaction and inertia overnight, especially within the constraints of the current situation, one as emotionally charged as this one.

I know I've been pot banging with the best of them on this thread, but at least he's trying (which is more than you can say about others).
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From the article :
""There's a pent-up demand out there if we can just get the vaccines in," he said. "This is a months-long project."

Yes, we knew vaccines were coming months ago so this should have been done months ago. The fact that a retired police officer is in charge of vaccine distribution while living in New Mexico is insane.

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Goose61 said:

I do feel bad for Col. Stewart, as he's been tasked with making a silk purse out of a sow's ear almost overnight. The fact that he was willing to take on a no-win situation that apparently no one locally was, says something.

it's not going to be easy to undo almost a year's of inaction and inertia overnight, especially within the constraints of the current situation, one as emotionally charged as this one.

I know I've been pot banging with the best of them on this thread, but at least he's trying (which is more than you can say about others).
I don't feel bad for him.... I guarantee you, he is getting paid.... well.

If he was that into it, he'd have his backside IN Brazos county making stuff happen.

it's a boondoggle, period.
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Goose61 said:

I do feel bad for Col. Stewart, as he's been tasked with making a silk purse out of a sow's ear almost overnight. The fact that he was willing to take on a no-win situation that apparently no one locally was, says something.

it's not going to be easy to undo almost a year's of inaction and inertia overnight, especially within the constraints of the current situation, one as emotionally charged as this one.

I know I've been pot banging with the best of them on this thread, but at least he's trying (which is more than you can say about others).
Do you have proof that no local wanted the job? I don't buy that. I find it hard to believe that they couldn't find a local to do the job. They have plenty of retired military in town, not to mention the people that worked or retired from A&M at all levels.

But lets say that is all true. Then hire somebody outta Houston. But no you gotta hire a somebody living in freakin' New Mexico.

Hell if you're gonna have a telework hire, then open it up to anyone in the country to apply.
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KidDoc said:

From the article :
""There's a pent-up demand out there if we can just get the vaccines in," he said. "This is a months-long project."

Yes, we knew vaccines were coming months ago so this should have been done months ago. The fact that a retired police officer is in charge of vaccine distribution while living in New Mexico is insane criminal.


FIFY

If I had a family member who got seriously ill or died because Brazos County could find their a$$ with both hands, and failed to distribute vaccines in any reasonable manner, you bet your sweet.... they'd be in litigation until the cows come home....

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this is straight up nepotism... period. What a joke.
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Hell, I would take the damn job.

I had no idea he was in NM.
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BQ_90 said:

Goose61 said:

I do feel bad for Col. Stewart, as he's been tasked with making a silk purse out of a sow's ear almost overnight. The fact that he was willing to take on a no-win situation that apparently no one locally was, says something.

it's not going to be easy to undo almost a year's of inaction and inertia overnight, especially within the constraints of the current situation, one as emotionally charged as this one.

I know I've been pot banging with the best of them on this thread, but at least he's trying (which is more than you can say about others).
Do you have proof that no local wanted the job? I don't buy that. I find it hard to believe that they couldn't find a local to do the job. They have plenty of retired military in town, not to mention the people that worked or retired from A&M at all levels.
No, I don't, was just speculating.

Part of the problem is that the current state of vaccine distribution in Brazos County appears to be based on earlier inaction, and lack of planning prior to his appointment. Unfortunately, that's going to take some time to undo now, regardless of whose in charge.
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Goose61 said:

BQ_90 said:

Goose61 said:

I do feel bad for Col. Stewart, as he's been tasked with making a silk purse out of a sow's ear almost overnight. The fact that he was willing to take on a no-win situation that apparently no one locally was, says something.

it's not going to be easy to undo almost a year's of inaction and inertia overnight, especially within the constraints of the current situation, one as emotionally charged as this one.

I know I've been pot banging with the best of them on this thread, but at least he's trying (which is more than you can say about others).
Do you have proof that no local wanted the job? I don't buy that. I find it hard to believe that they couldn't find a local to do the job. They have plenty of retired military in town, not to mention the people that worked or retired from A&M at all levels.
No, I don't, was just speculating.

Part of the problem is that the current state of vaccine distribution in Brazos County appears to be based on earlier inaction, and lack of planning prior to his appointment. Unfortunately, that's going to take some time to undo now, regardless of whose in charge.
so because a bad decision was made to begin with, we gotta keep with it because it was a bad decision and made the process worse?

No you fire this guy and try somebody else, maybe somebody that actually lives in the 979 area code.
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Or at the very least in the same time zone. Incredible.
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cavscout96 said:

GSS said:

Jim Stewart-vaccine coordinator
you have GOT to be !@#*ing kidding me.....




Brother, I'm from Booger County. This kind of stuff is normal up there. Maybe our media types will read this and ask some hard questions. They sure haven't so far though.

This is a good ole boy deal if I've ever seen one. "Let's hire Bubba in New Mexico, because we don't have a world class university with a School of Rural Public Health that has epidemiologists in it."

This place is a $&!%<# joke.
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Slocum on a mobile said:

cavscout96 said:

GSS said:

Jim Stewart-vaccine coordinator
you have GOT to be !@#*ing kidding me.....




Brother, I'm from Booger County. This kind of stuff is normal up there. Maybe our media types will read this and ask some hard questions. They sure haven't so far though.

This is a good ole boy deal if I've ever seen one. "Let's hire Bubba in New Mexico, because we don't have a world class university with a School of Rural Public Health that has epidemiologists in it."

This place is a $&!%<# joke.
I'd hire the students at A&M that run the Big Event to handle it. They can do a better job than retired good ol boy.
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Slocum on a mobile said:

cavscout96 said:

GSS said:

Jim Stewart-vaccine coordinator
you have GOT to be !@#*ing kidding me.....




Brother, I'm from Booger County. This kind of stuff is normal up there. Maybe our media types will read this and ask some hard questions. They sure haven't so far though.

This is a good ole boy deal if I've ever seen one. "Let's hire Bubba in New Mexico, because we don't have a world class university with a School of Rural Public Health that has epidemiologists in it."

This place is a $&!%<# joke.
Someone should file a FOIA request to see what this cat is getting paid..... I bet some of our small business folks who've had to shut down permanently could get the job done...
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KidDoc said:

From the article :
""There's a pent-up demand out there if we can just get the vaccines in," he said. "This is a months-long project."

Yes, we knew vaccines were coming months ago so this should have been done months ago. The fact that a retired police officer is in charge of vaccine distribution while living in New Mexico is insane.




"Pent up demand"?

Ya think? Yes. There's a lot of pent up demand here in Brazzus County, because y'all have done nothing that resembles anything to make us think y'all are going to do anything in a timely and efficient manner.

This whole year, we've seen incompetence and idiocy out of the BCHD and Dr. Sullivan. We've seen the mayors and the county Judge get together, and this half @$$ed thing is the best they could come up with. Washington County is lapping y'all, and their "major" city has a population of less than 20k!
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I know it's an apples to grapefruit comparison, but Houston/Harris county vaccinated 14,500 folks in ONE day at a SINGLE location..... let that sink in.
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cavscout96 said:

I know it's an apples to grapefruit comparison, but Houston/Harris county vaccinated 14,500 folks in ONE day at a SINGLE location..... let that sink in.


I use this all the time in my job:

Guy with plan beats guy with no plan.

Every.
Single.
Time.

Brazos County failed to plan, now they plan to fail.
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cavscout96 said:

I know it's an apples to grapefruit comparison, but Houston/Harris county vaccinated 14,500 folks in ONE day at a SINGLE location..... let that sink in.
For an apples to apples comparison, look at the counties for Amarillo (Randall and Potter Counties). Potter has given at least the first dose to 9,965 out of 89,806 -- over 10% of the 16+ population. Randall has given at least the first dose to 15,275 out of 109,144 -- close to 15% of the 16+ population already. Now let's add those two counties together -- total 16+ population is 198,950 -- pretty similar to our 16+ population of 185,835. They have together vaccinated 25,240 with the first dose already.

Now let's talk about things locally. Brazos County has given at least the first dose to a whopping 5,731 out of 185,835 -- barely over 3% of the 16+ population.

Unfortunately this low vaccination rate by our county is going to affect the future allocation of vaccine, meaning we will lag well behind the other major metro areas of the state in terms of being able to vaccinate our population.


P.S. Amarillo opened its community vaccine clinic at the Amarillo Civic Center on December 30. Yes, December 30. No signup needed -- just walk in and go. They shut down the line if they run out for the day. Amarillo City Transit offers free rides to the clinic.

Someone above said something about leadership. Amarillo has it.
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Slocum on a mobile said:

cavscout96 said:

I know it's an apples to grapefruit comparison, but Houston/Harris county vaccinated 14,500 folks in ONE day at a SINGLE location..... let that sink in.


I use this all the time in my job:

Guy with plan beats guy with no plan.

Every.
Single.
Time.

Brazos County failed to plan, now they plan to fail.


Unless "failing" was apart of the plan ... let that sink in
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I'm beginning to think that various officials around here thought that this was going to be no different than the annual flu shot vaccination, and that the standard clinic/pharmacy infrastructure would be just fine to handle the demand.
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"Not my job" - It's not my job to distribute the vaccine (everybody in Brazos County)

That phrase seems to come to mind with the brain trust here.

Seriously. We have a world class university with epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists, and we have the "awww shucks" gang and a retired good ole boy in New Mexico "runnin' da show"...

Typical Brazzzus County bull$%#+....
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While I agree with the Aw shucks and on, don't delude yourself that the University is any better prepared to deal with this kind of task either. Experts at the University are more than likely really good in the theoretical and less so in the actual in my observations.
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It is fantastic to know that Amazon is on board to help Biden distribute vaccines. Yesterday Amazon didn't care if you died.

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Yesterday I got my contact tracing call from Brazos County Health Department regarding my positive test. The gentleman couldn't have been any kinder, but I had to laugh at some of his questions.

One was "Did you attend the Texas Renaissance Festival?"

Seriously, BCHD? The last weekend of that was like 2 months ago.

Maybe that's an indication of tests from that time period still being reported, I don't know. But fact is if I had said that I had attended, the information wouldn't have been germane to my case at all.

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I got an email yesterday from BCHD telling me what symptoms to watch for and how to avoid spreading COVID. I tested positive 16 days ago. Nothing like timely advice. Lol
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JaneDoe02 said:

I got an email yesterday from BCHD telling me what symptoms to watch for and how to avoid spreading COVID. I tested positive 16 days ago. Nothing like timely advice. Lol


The person who does email probably got let go.
 
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