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Open discussion: Vaccination Follies – Senior Planet



I finally got my Coronavirus vaccination.

The card that says there is a place of honor on the fridge, plus some photos in my phone. And a Xerox copy in my files. And in my wallet.

Considering how much effort I went to to get it, it’s worth making sure it doesn’t get lost. I’ve spent hours on the phone and hours online. On the hunt for likely places that might have it. Register online and at various places in the city – until I finally got lucky.

At one point my wireless connection failed. I had to call place after place, be put on hold (forever!) And then disconnect. It showed me how the search for a vaccine site punctuates the digital divide. It highlights that some seniors live in a digital desert. No tools, no connectivity ̵

1; especially in rural areas – and no way to get a vaccine, except maybe spend hours on the phone.

There is help

It’s a sobering thought, but luckily there is help. OATS Launches Aging Connected to Help One Million Older People Online; if you know someone who needs connectivity, tell them this number to call for more information: 1-877-745-1930

Meanwhile, what did it do you do you have to do to get the vaccine – if you got it at all? Let us know in the comments … and take our poll!

Virge Randall is the editor-in-chief of Senior Planet. She is also a freelance culture reporter looking for hidden gems and unsung (or underrated) treasures for Straus newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new twist on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at editor@seniorplanet.org.


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