Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Lucy and Twiggy

“What does the word ‘Friday’ mean Lucy?”
“That the workweek is over I guess.”
“Or that the ruckus week is just beginning.”
“That too. You are it.”

 

Friday came just in time for me. I have pushed myself so hard since the 5th of July I need another weekend off. I hope you know that I’m kidding. I think I’ve been reading too many Twitter trending tweets.

I saw an article that stated in June, 100% of the COVID deaths in Maryland were among those who were not vaccinated. So I can imagine that would be some wake-up news for those who are still not there. But, of course, some are opposed to being vaccinated, and maybe the news won’t wake anything.

Our county has reached 70% of the population receiving one shot. Looking forward to the time where 70% of the population has had two shots. I have real fear for those not vaccinated as the new variants are beginning to take hold. Also, it will be interesting to see where the case count goes after the Fourth of July weekend. Β That will be in another week.

Today’s JohnKu talks about getting vaccinated and why not. I hope you all have a safe and restful weekend.

Vaccination by John W. Howell Β© 2021

Is it politics?

Maybe a religious fear . . .

Why not? A puzzle.

 

102 comments

  1. Great haiku, John. I’ve had my two shots, and thank goodness, because cases here are increasing exponentially. Have a good weekend πŸ™‚

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    1. The varients are a problem for sure. Sure hoe you are feeling better, Harmony. πŸ€—

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      1. Thanks, John πŸ™‚πŸ€—

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  2. safe and happy weekend to you too John. If some people are not wanting their shots it’s their choice but they should be wearing masks to make sure they don’t put others at risk and/or isolating when they can to keep themselves safe too.
    Hugs

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    1. I agree. Thanks, David. Hugs. πŸ€—

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  3. Glad that you can chill this weekend after going straight out these last few days, John. πŸ˜‚ On a serious note, seeing cases surging here in Florida too with the Delta variant. Wish everyone would just get on board with the jab so we could put this pandemic behind us…πŸ˜₯

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    1. Some have good reasons but most seem to be relying on luck or the fact others are protected. Thank you, Lori.

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  4. I have some friends who can’t be vaccinated due to medical conditions. The way they’ve been ostracized is sad. These days it seems everything becomes political.

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    1. I agree. Being immunocompromised isn’t a political statement. It’s a medical condition.

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      1. I agree as well. Of course the way the vaccine is constructed many immune compromised (like myself) can still take the shot. Jill’s point about being ostracized is a good one. Shouldn’t be. Thanks, Liz.

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      2. You’re welcome, John.

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    2. I agree, Jill. No one should be ostracized. The more people who get the jab the more those who can’t have it are protected too. There are way too many people who have no real reason not to get a shot but decide not to get it. I agree it gets way too political way too fast.

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  5. Interesting thoughts, as always John. Staying safe is the best thing we can do.

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    1. I agree. You have to hope everyone keeps that in mind. Thanks, Dan.

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  6. Cheers to your productive week. Meanwhile, the virus continues to demonstrate natural selection on several levels. Now I wonder about the percentage without a vaccination who doesn’t believe in natural selection, too.

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    1. The thought of natural selection at work has also crossed my mind of late.

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      1. There is that too. Liz. 😬

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    2. I think it is sad that anyone has to die because of not getting a shot. Seems like a high price no matter the reason..

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  7. Some are fearful, others like Jill stated can’t have them for medical reasons. Then others are full of conspiracy theories and refuse all types of vaccines. Can’t understand that third group at all.

    Glad I’m fully vaccinated and if needed, I will take a yearly booster.

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    1. The third group concerns me too, Joan. I’m all in for a booster too. Thanks for the comment. 😁

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  8. I see no reason to NOT get vaccinated. The better-half and I have been fully since 9 April. I still wear a mask though as we can still get it and we can still give it to others.

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    1. We still wear masks too. Those with medical excuses I understand. Those that have some warped idea that this whole thing is a conspiracy cause me concern. Thanks, GP.

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  9. Yea, I’m baffled at the slow down in vaccination count, too. I suppose there are some valid reasons but for those who just shrug their shoulders and say, β€˜I dunno’, I’m baffled.

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    1. Me too, Steve.

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  10. Unless you have a medical reason, I cannot understand why you wouldn’t get it. If for no other reason than to be above to move forward out of this mess. I have felt relief ever since I got my second shot, knowing that should I get the virus, it will most certainly be a mild case. Not that I want to get it at all but you know what I mean.
    Happy Friday to you and the rest of the household!

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    1. Yes I know what you mean. Happy Friday to you too. 😁

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      1. Is it five o’clock yet?

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      2. Doesn’t help me leave the office early, though πŸ˜‰

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      3. Hahaha. No it doesn’t. ☹️

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      4. Sigh. On the bright side, it is now 2:46 so I am that much closer to five…

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      5. It is 4:31 here so you are even closer.

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      6. You’re such a mensch!

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  11. My wife is finally going to get hers. I got mine as soon as I could.

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    1. A good thing, Craig. Thanks.

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  12. Just this week we had several patients in one day who haven’t been vaccinated and don’t plan to. I don’t get it. Have a great weekend, John!

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    1. I don’t get it either, Teri. I’m sure there are some with good reasons but I have to scratch my head over the others. 😁

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  13. A puzzle that came in a broken box. It is only missing a handful of pieces.

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    1. The ctitical pieces are gone.

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  14. Registration is opening up here for people in my age group next week, John. Terence and I should be vaccinated the following week. ONly 3,5 million people here have been vaccinated to date. I am not sure why so many are not getting vaccinated – it might be fear.

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    1. Maybe a lack of understanding or education about the vaccines too.

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      1. Yes, I think it is that, John.

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      2. Still feel badly for those who are vulnerable. 😁. Glad you are in line for a jab, Robbie.

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  15. Lucy & Twiggy: two directions of Friday, 😁 The government has made the vaccination obligatory for plenty of people in Russia no matter! your health condition, dear John. That’s too sad. I wish you a happy week-end under a fresh magnolia tree. 🌭🍀🍀🍀🍻

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    1. Thank you, Maria. I wish you a happy weekend as well. 😁

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  16. Great poem! Hey, are the two of them no longer interested in the hole in the yard? πŸ˜‰ By the way: the Lambda variant from Peru has arrived in Europe, so the “Frankfurter Rundschau”. I think, here in Germany we will get our next lockdown early in October. ;-( Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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    1. ‘Frankfurter Rundschau’ loosely translates to ‘frankfurter look around.’ Does that mean watch out? If so, it is pretty funny. Sorry about the lockdown.

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      1. Dont worry, John! Yes, the names of our newspapers are not allowed to be translated. Lol don’t worry John! They won’t declare a lockdown before the elections at the end of September. Otherwise nobody will vote for them and the Federal Republic of Germany will dissolve. πŸ˜‰ Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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      2. Have a great weekend too. 😁

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    1. Thank you for the share, Michael.

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  17. portmanguy · ·

    Covid just keeps rearing its ugly head, John. I’m getting my second jab next month. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Good for you. Have a good weekend too, Guy.

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  18. Wish I had an answer to that haiku question. Think for some it’s politics and others religion. Another group has simply bought into various conspiracy theories and refuse to budge even a little bit. I know at least one person who has seen the stats on Covid deaths being among those who are unvaccinated and still refuse. They pull this ‘I know Covid is very dangerous, but I will never catch it’ thing. So, they’re also running around without masks and, I think, lying about being vaccinated to get into some places.

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    1. The lying is my big fear. If everyone who was not vaccinated wore masks and kept a safe distance that would be one thing. Unfortunately they don’t. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. Yeah. I keep worrying that next school year be the same as the last. That or semi-lockdowns will be attempted again.

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      2. Doesn’t look like the virus will go away soon.

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  19. I won’t pass judgment on those who choose not to be vaccinated; however, I can attest to the feeling of freedom that descended on me when I was finally fully vaccinated. Just knowing we in this household are protected is such a relief! Happy weekend, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I feel the same way. 😁

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  20. Great questions, John. And, indeed it is a puzzle. I think Twiggy is ready for a ruckus! πŸ™‚

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    1. She is. She has been a pistol for a few days. Let’s hope she gets is all ruckused out. Thanks, Jan

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  21. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Like most things in the world these days, Covid and the vaccine have become political footballs. It should never be a matter of politics, religion, or nonsense. We’re in dire need of common sense, goodwill, and verifiable research. The problem is, which researcher(s) do you trust? Half my family has had the vaccine. Each has their reasons why or why not. I respect and love all of them, and without exception, each one honors the choice with a mask and distance. 😊

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    1. Your family would do the right thing cause you always do the right thing. Thanks, Gwen. I agree on the football part.

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I’m relieved all but one adult in our family got their shots.

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    1. That is good, Denise

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  23. I’m fully vaccinated! I took a chance with AstraZeneca, as it was the only one available here early on. In Ontario, Canada, where I live 79% have 1 dose, 53% have 2 doses.
    Although we have some vaccine hesitancy here, it’s not as much as other places. I believe Canada will hit 85% fully vaccinated by summer’s end.
    Then we will have to see what the latest variant is up to!
    Some areas of Canada already have vaccine passports.

    China should be compensating the planet!

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    1. The liberals here in the US would scream themselves into several migraines if the gov even thought about vaccination passports. Good for Canada. I agree on China but again to voice that sentiment here in the US gets a politician branded as a racist by the radical liberals. So China gets another free pass to endanger the world with its BS.

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      1. Ohh, well, I’m hearing no one gets into Canada without quarantining for 14 days w/o a vaccine passport. Perhaps not at all. They are working that one out.
        Egads, the politics in the states seems so damned if you do, damned if you don’t!

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  24. San Patricio Co.vaccination rates are at about 48%. There is no excuse not to get vaccinated except for those with some medical condition that prevents it. I am not going to worry about those that can but don’t – it is their risk. TGIF to you!

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    1. I don’t know why some are reluctant. TGIF to you, Jo. Thanks.

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  25. We go for our second shot on the 18th. Hubby hasn’t gone in yet though. He’s a major procrastinator. I just hope it doesn’t come back and bite him in the butt this time!

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    1. That would be a pretty big butt bite for sure.

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      1. Except for the fact it could be deadly, I’d say it would serve him right.

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      2. Yeah there is that deadly thingy. 😁

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  26. I got both shots as soon as possible, John. I don’t understand the resistance from those who haven’t been vaccinated, but it must be a mindset thing. I do still see people wearing masks, so at least if they haven’t elected to be vaccinated they are being responsible. I’m sure there are plenty out there without vaccines going mask-free. We are so not out of the woods yet!

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    1. I believe we are in the woods for a while. I keep harping on the subject for that reason. Thanks, Mae.

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  27. The girls and I are fully vaccinated, but I still won’t go out any more than is absolutely essential and not without a mask. It seems that in many cases, sheer stubbornness us the cause for the anti-vaxxers … they don’t like being ‘told’ what to do, even if it is to save their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Fools! Sigh.

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    1. I think you are right. I certainly don’t understand why someone wouldn’t want the protection even if Bill Gates put a chip in everyone. (joke there)

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      1. I agree … it’s really the only shot we have at eradicating COVID, and some 30% of the country are stubbornly refusing. Conspiracy theories abound, such as the one about the microchip! I say if they want to plant a microchip in me to track my movements, it’s fine with me … they would be bored to tears within the first week! 😁

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  28. Here’s to science! Thank goodness for it. I hope you and the dogs are planning an unplugged, relaxing weekend, John!

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    1. We do enjoy our weekends, Kristine. Thank you.

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  29. Hi, John! I’m happy to say that my family and I are all fully vaccinated. That being said, I was hesitant for a while. It wasn’t for political or religious reasons. I had a real fear of someone injecting me with part of the coronavirus genetic code which would then infiltrate my cells and tell them to develop coronavirus spikes to trigger an immune response. When I read about it, it read more like something out of a zombie apocalypse sci-fi movie script. Ha, ha. I’ll still have my fingers crossed for the next 10 years. Jjk! πŸ˜€

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    1. Yes, this Vaccine is a pretty advanced type. No direct contact with the virus.

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  30. Good to see you cooking, as per Boss.

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  31. petespringerauthor · ·

    My next-door neighbor, a big anti-vax guy, passed away at age 52 a month ago. So sad and unnecessary.

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    1. That is sad, Pete. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. It is a worldwide thing, the vaccinations hesitancy. I was one too till my better half lay down the law in no uncertain terms. I believe I have been hesitant because of inadequate information. Authorities/ governments, IMHO, should have laid out the pros and cons, instead of the ‘trust me’ approach. Now that I have got the two jabs, hopefully it is for the better. Like the flu vaccine. It seems the vaccine you take prevents the last year’s version, not the latest mutation. πŸ™‚

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    1. Well I’m glad you are protected. I agree on the government information. It could have been handled better. Thanks for the comment. Good on our wife too.

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  33. Definitely a puzzle, John. We’ve heard of vaccinated people getting the variant and suffering, not landing in the hospital, but still suffering. So, although we’re fully vaccinated, we’re still wearing masks indoors, especially grocery stores. Some think Covid has magically disappeared and it hasn’t.

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    1. I agree. We wear masks indoors as well.

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  34. Let the ruckus begin!! πŸ˜‚ I hope you all have a great week-end.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. You as well. 😁

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    1. Another thank you.😊

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  36. Well said, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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