Paxton/Halbert: We live in the extreme northeast corner of Illinois in Lake County, just a stone's throw from the Cheese Curtain, and not all that far from you in Chicago. Everyone I know who is over 65 has been vaccinated. I'm sure many have not, but I would say that here in Lake County, if they haven't been vaccinated, they haven't been trying very hard.
I have two brothers and their wives who live mid-state in Peoria. They have all been vaccinated, no problem.
I have another brother in Monroe County in southwestern Illinois. He and his wife have been vaccinated now for a couple of weeks, both shots.
Yet, the percentage of the population vaccinated is basically the same for Monroe and Lake counties, and even for Cook County. Peoria, for some reason, is considerably higher.
The Chicago Tribune on their website every day shows a state map with the tallies for each county. Percentage wise, Chicago and Cook County are doing about
the same as other Illinois counties, but with millions of people in Cook County that leaves way more people un-vaccinated.
By the way, as a nation we have very bad memories. The week the previous administration packed up their belongings and left the White House, nearly a million people were vaccinated, and the numbers were accelerating. The current administration, with more vaccines becoming available, more syringes, improved logistics, has raised that number. Not surprising. But, that belief that the previous administration had no plan is plainly hogwash. I give great credit to them and to the current group. I really don't see any reason for partisanship in discussing this remarkable achievement.
Meanwhile, my 65--year-old sister, living in a 3-generation household in rural Tennessee, cautious beyond belief in every respect, came down with COVID, was transported by ambulance, and is recuperating in a Nashville hospital, doing well with the help of Remdesivir, oxygen support, and steroids. Very scary. She had actually received her first dose of vaccine several days before becoming symptomatic....obviously not enough time to develop immunities. Her grown daughter and two small grandchildren, who are living with them while the daughter's husband is separated because of military duties, also became ill and tested positive. My sister's husband, age 71, and having received his first vaccination several weeks earlier, did not become ill and has been a rock star taking care of the daughter and children at their home and supporting his wife in the hospital. Their situation is a virtual case study, showing that these vaccines really work, and also showing how scary and serious this virus can be.
Post Edited (clocknut) : 3/13/2021 3:51:09 PM (GMT-7)