Covid vaccine in Indiantown after thoughts

An after action Discussion


Once we get past the whole feel good and congratulatory phase of the recent Covid inoculations that took place at the Florida Community Health Center on 16 January, we can begin to look at the event for what it was.

A local group of healthcare workers that took their group photo together at 4:30 Pm on the day of the shots, performed their job as trained medical professionals, as it should be. They followed their prescribed protocol and used the same techniques they urge us to do in an effort to do their job. Doing the math they administered one shot every two minutes for the time they were in operational mode.  They allowed Ten patients in at a time.

Judging from the fact that they were taking a team photo after the effort, we are going to forecast that the one shot every two minutes is an excellent level of performance, given the nature of their protocol. Not having any foundation for comparison it is hard to evaluate the nature of the effectiveness. Our instincts tell us that they performed admirably and should be proud of their accomplishment. Those who received the vaccines are also grateful for the effort administered in their behalf.

Needless to say, their 9a beginning and 5p close was a full work day for them. Much like it was for most of us.

For others involved in the process the day was more than one day. It did not include the support of a team of fellow coworkers. For many the process started in a damp, drizzly cold January evening around 7P the day prior. One such example is that of a vibrant, alert and well natured 80-year-old woman we met that has requested her name to be left out for obvious reasons. She and her family wanted to make sure that she was inoculated. They also took extra steps to insure it.

First, they booked a room at the local Seminole Inn. Which, conveniently for them is just across the street from the inoculation center. The family members, friends and now strangers, almost 20 in total by 8:30 that evening, began the day long vigil of holding their positions in a line that was rapidly forming behind them. By 3A the next morning over 100+ people were bracing for a cold wait in line.

The woman’s daughter, in her mid-60’s, camped out in the front of the line over night while her 80-year-old mother was protected from the elements at the Inn. Probably better for Mom given her age and the risk of complications from the elements. Pneumonia, cold etc.

Not all people in line had the same ability. There are only so many rooms at the Inn. Many in their 80’s and 90’s braved low temperatures and drizzling rain for hours to make sure they would receive one of the 200 available doses of the vaccine. A group of the first to arrive where local Dental Health Care workers. The entire office came to be vaccinated, according to first hand accounts from some of the office personnel we spoke with that evening.

When we arrived the night before to observe the events and to gather information from the people there, we noticed something that was really very encouraging. The events that were unfolding were strictly organic. The over promotion by social media, WPTV and a local politician created an environment that had people staking their claim 14 hours ahead of time. We spoke with representatives at the Seminole Inn and they indicated several of their rooms were quickly filled by people seeking to have the shot the next day after seeing news report and social media posts by a local politician who used the event to promote himself and his political brand.

Putting aside the politics of discussion on the veracity and effectiveness of the vaccine will serve us all well for this portion of the story. What exposed itself to many of us was far more important than the reason the people were there.

To start with, there were not any designated lines or Government workers there to tell everyone what to do. No pre-planned this and that or frustrating inefficient bureaucratic weight to slow the process.

No one was told to stand here and stay back this far. No one was there except the Americans that came to get a shot. The group of primarily 65+ year old American adults gathered of free will. There was a strong diversity amongst them as well.

They came from a very diverse mixture of economic, religious, political, racial and geographic demographics.

During our hours of time that we and others spent with the people in line we did not observe discussion or arguing over politics. There was no one speaking a little too loud for their neighbor to hear an off-color comment or characterization. No, the group of diverse Americans collected for a common mission, organized, improvised and helped others out in what was a very irregular and unusual situation for everyone.

The demonstration of discipline and consideration that filled the mood of the hundreds of people there was an example to all. It would have been easy to be frustrated and cranky.

There were a few people that did stupid things like stopping in front of the Health Center on a busy State Highway (FL710). It is a four-lane road; it was dark and the people at 5 AM were traveling to work or from a distribution center in large trucks, etc. High risk to say the least.

One near miss and then another prompted the Martin County Sheriff’s office to remove regular patrol coverage from the Indiantown patrols in order to begin handling what was fast becoming a safety issue because of the sheer volume of people in a small place. Their effort to direct traffic was needed at a certain point and appreciated as well. They did not however do anything more than keep things safe for everyone. They did their job. Everyone already knew how to behave and was doing so without big brother there to tell them how.

There was not enough parking, but that was solved after the initial rush and the redirection of people looking for a place in the dark to park. For most it was their first time here and the excitement, darkness and unfamiliar surroundings made the excursion daunting for some.

The MCSO of course handled the situation with professionalism and waited until there was a threat to safety before intervening. Even then they were primarily “hands off” with the crowd and the event other than vehicular and pedestrian safety. As it should be.

There was an authorization for an extra detail opportunity for off duty personnel to act as a special force for the event. From the information we have collected, no deputy accepted the extra duty opportunity. The efforts that were handled that day were from the regular street patrols and force assigned to the Indiantown area. The concentration of their effort however did mean that they were not able to perform their usual beat as normal. We are unaware of any adverse occurrence because of their need to handle the traffic.

Shortly after 8a the health workers began handing out paper work and the first 200 golden tickets to those who had been outside for hours, cold and tired. Those behind them however did not throw a fit or scream when they realized they were 201 and greater. No most stayed in line in the hopes that maybe, just maybe they could get a shot if somehow, they became available. As it turned out there were 240 doses administered and those who waited until after 4p were rewarded by their discipline and effort. Early that morning, rumors were surfacing that the number of available doses had been upped to 300. It offered hope to many and for some it payed off.

One of our conversations was with a health care professional that had traveled from PB County for her chance at the vaccine. We asked her if she felt that the shotgun approach to the administering was as effective from an epidemiological perspective as it would be if a more well planned centralized geographic methodology was used. As we suspected, she agreed that inoculating people that are as geographically dispersed as the crowd gathered was not going to do more than protect just those persons getting the shot. She explained how if the 200 vaccines had been given to people in Indiantown that it would work faster and better towards a quicker and more well thought out solution to the spread. Herd Immunity.

The last point for the purpose of this discussion and for the sake of brevity will be to ask, where do the people that were there for their first-round vaccine shots ensure that they get their second shot as prescribed?

It takes two of these shots to work. So how will those from Illinois, Indiana, Broward, Palm Beach and other points far off handle it? Do they have to return here? The answer is, only if they want to make the first shot do them any good. Each person was given an appointment to return for the second shot.

There are a lot of questions and many personal feelings about this Covid nightmare we are all forced to face together. How we handle it and how we behave when dealing with it has been demonstrated by a class of elder Americans that evidently remember civility, responsibility, tenacity and American Values. Thank you all for being an example.

As we move forward with future inoculations, we encourage the Florida Community Health Center to not enlist the local government as a part of the next event either. When agenda driven politicos and bureaucratic drones start to deal with these types of things, they are far worse than what we as Adults and Responsible Americans can do without them. Overall – a Job well done.

Stay tuned for more.

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Vaccine Day in Indiantown

A chance to get the inoculation


(Updated 7:41 AM | 8:00 AM | 9:15 AM | 11:22 AM | 5:00P | 8P | EST )

8:00 P – est update

When  you do the math (common core excluded) it works out to 240 doses administered today (as reported by staff @ the FHC to TAM)- The time frame to administer the doses was 9am until 4:30 Pm. First in – Last out.

That is 7.5 hours of time to administer 240 doses as they reported to us – That makes the number of jabs equal to 32 jabs per hour – or roughly 1 per 2 minutes.

Now we have to try and quantify the protocol effort associated with the prescribed process – which to me is still an unknown in totality at this point.

We can make a rational determination of outcome I suppose from the truth as represented by math.

Is this the new normal? Was this the bar we should expect going forward?

Is this in line with other reasonable efforts else where?

Well – we can all make our own mind up I suppose.

In an effort to fill in some of the gaps in time, we asked Councilwoman Susan Gibbs-Thomas to please fill us on what she experienced from 8am until after Noon, while we where preparing and bringing you the first efforts of the event.

Ms. Gibbs-Thomas expresses the same take away we had from this event this morning.

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5:00P -est update –

As of 4:30 this afternoon your local home town hero clinic workers finished providing 240 vaccines to people from a diverse yet similar demographic. The 65+ inoculations that started this morning at or around 9AM est concluded with a picture of the workers in front of the Corporate Family Center Sign. This is according to our field contributor Tony Z who was there to ask the workers how many doses they administered and to record the photo opportunity.

Tony Z has told us that he is currently working on more first hand account video to help fill in some of the blanks between this morning and now.  Stand By – we will bring you more information tonight as we gather the footprint of the activity that took place today in Indiantown. We will expand on things as time permits,

Many of you have participated in this upheaval with us. We look forward to continuing the dialogue and want to encourage you to stay tuned. There is more to follow.


 

As of 10:30 PM Friday January the 15th there were 18 people that had staked out a place in line for their chance at a free inoculation at the Florida Family Health Center in Indiantown, Fl. By 6AM the following morning hundreds of people were standing in a line that wrapped around the Florida Health Center building and continued well past the bounds of the property.

People came from as far as South Palm Beach County, Jensen, Hobe Sound, Stuart and points in between. There were people visiting friends and family that were from Indiana and Illinois that said they were going to get jabbed today also. Our team counted 21 people who identified themselves from Indiantown in the crowd when we polled them.

We spoke with one man that was near the end of the line that indicated he had made an appointment with FHC for 10AM today and shared his confirmation e-mail with us. Others indicated that they were told reservations were not allowed when they called for details yesterday.

Overall, the mood of the crowd was as cheerful as it could be on a cold January morning before sunrise. Still, many questioned the apparent lack of planning and coordination that was obviously lacking from this effort. Some local residents expressed a concern that the people in the local community may not be able to get the inoculation today because of the transient and disorganized nature of the distribution.

A healthcare worker in line explained how it would have been much more effective to serve a dense concentration of the population of Indiantown to slow the spread instead of spreading the inoculation across a dispersed geography like is being done. This allows for one person in a neighborhood to be inoculated instead of several. Many felt the vaccine should have been designated for Indiantown residents first.

While the first attempt at the distribution seems to be flawed and have a number of issues, people for the most part are grateful that they will be inoculated none the less.

We will continue posting information, pictures and videos as the process unfolds.

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This comes after a handful of global cases, including an elderly patient in France, where a recipient died within hours of receiving their first-round of the vaccine.

Thus far Norway says it has administered doses to up to 33,000 people, including the elderly, but are already finding it “too risky” for the terminally ill and people over 80 that are in frail condition. Given only 33,000 injected so far, the reported death count is already staggering and is causing officials to sound the alarm:

Norwegian officials said 23 people had died in the country a short time after receiving their first dose of the vaccine. Of those deaths, 13 have so far been autopsied, with the results suggesting that common side effects may have contributed to severe reactions in frail, elderly people, according to the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

But despite the warnings being featured prominently at the end of this week in Bloomberg and multiple other mainstream publications, again we doubt this will do anything in terms of putting the brakes on the rushed vaccine rollout in the US where it’s precisely the elderly, frail, and those prone to persistent health conditions that are being urged on by state and federal policies to be first in line. As witnessed this Morning in our Town of less than Five Thousand residents.

Amid increasing calls for suspension of the use of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines produced by companies such as Pfizer, especially among elderly people, the situation in Norway has escalated significantly as the Scandi nation has now registered a total of 29 deaths among people over the age of 75 who’ve had their first COVID-19 vaccination shot.

As Bloomberg reports, this adds six to the number of known fatalities in Norway, and also lowers the age group thought to be affected from 80.

Until Friday, Pfizer/BioNTech was the only vaccine available in Norway, and “all deaths are thus linked to this vaccine,” the Norwegian Medicines Agency said in a written response to Bloomberg on Saturday.

“There are 13 deaths that have been assessed, and we are aware of another 16 deaths that are currently being assessed,” the agency said.

All the reported deaths related to “elderly people with serious basic disorders,” it said.

“Most people have experienced the expected side effects of the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions at the injection site, and worsening of their underlying condition.”

Pfizer and BioNTech are working with the Norwegian regulator to investigate the deaths in Norway, Pfizer said in an e-mailed statement. The agency found that “the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations,” Pfizer said.

However, it’s not just Norway as The Epoch Times’ Zachary Stieber reports that fifty-five people in the United States have died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports submitted to a federal system.

Deaths have occurred among people receiving both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, according to the reports.

In addition to the deaths, people have reported 96 life-threatening events following COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as 24 permanent disabilities, 225 hospitalizations, and 1,388 emergency room visits.

It’s not just the old and frail, in Israel, which proudly lays claim to the greatest vaccination effort in the world (largest percentage of the population inoculated),

As RT reports, at least 13 Israelis have experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the US Food and Drug Administration reported similar issues but said they weren’t linked to the jab.

Israeli outlet Ynet reported, citing the Health Ministry, that officials believe the number of such cases could be higher.

“For at least 28 hours I walked around with it [facial paralysis],” one person who had the side effect told Ynet.

“I can’t say it was completely gone afterwards, but other than that I had no other pains, except a minor pain where the injection was, but there was nothing beyond that.”

Ynet quoted Prof. Galia Rahav, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Sheba Medical Center, who said she did not feel “comfortable” with administering the second dose to someone who had received the first jab and subsequently suffered from paralysis.


*Thank you to Marjorie Beary for sharing the States reasoning for non-residency requirements for distribution of the vaccine. She shared a link to the testimony with us and we would like to share it with you.  As Marjorie shared with us. “Florida’s Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz came out firmly against residency requirements during a meeting of the House Pandemic and Public Emergencies Committee in Tallahassee on Thursday.” US News & World Report 15 Jan 2021.

 

 

200 Vaccine Inoculations in Indiantown

65+ Camping in 40 degree weather for a chance to get inoculation


The Florida Family Health Center, in Indiantown, told TAM officials today that the rollout of the 200 FREE vaccines being handed out are are their doing alone. They said the rollout is a corporate effort and that they will be distributing in at least five geographic areas in Florida tomorrow.  Indiantown being one of them. Okeechobee, Ft. Pierce and elsewhere.

The Official we spoke to, who requested anonymity, told us that the company has worked to provide extra Sheriffs protection to avoid people camping out and blocking streets with vehicles in an effort to gain front of the line status.

Several rooms where quickly booked at the Seminole Inn that are directly related to a chance to get a front line opportunity for the Injection. Our inquiry discovered that no local residency requirement exists and that anyone with a will to get the injection is eligible. This is according to the Florida Health Center in Indiantown, Fl.

Our Contributor Anthony Zweiner conducted the following interview this evening in front of the Florida Health Centers where he found people are camping out in an effort to be the first in line for tomorrow mornings 9AM chance at a shot for those over 65.

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We will be continuing our first hand observations as they take place.

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Welcome to the GIG Economy




Florida law allows individuals to use their unlicensed home kitchens to produce for sale certain foods that present a low risk of foodborne illness. Cottage food operators can produce and sell these products directly to consumers without obtaining a food permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $50,000 annually.

Approved Cottage Food Products

  • Loaf breads, rolls, biscuits
  • Cakes, pastries and cookies
  • Candies and confections
  • Honey
  • Jams, jellies and preserves
  • Fruit pies and dried fruits
  • Dry herbs, seasonings and mixtures
  • Homemade pasta
  • Cereals, trail mixes and granola
  • Coated or uncoated nuts
  • Vinegar and flavored vinegar’s
  • Popcorn and popcorn balls

Cottage Food Law Basics

  • Cottage food operators can sell cottage foods only within the state of Florida and not across state lines.
  • Cottage food operators may sell cottage food products on their website, but the products are prohibited to be delivered by mail order.
  • Cottage food products must be delivered directly to the consumer or to the consumer’s private event such as a wedding or birthday party.
  • Cottage food products cannot be sold wholesale.
  • Cottage foods must be properly packaged and labeled. Cottage food operators can serve free samples for tasting, but the samples must be prepackaged.
  • A cottage food operation must comply with all applicable county and municipal laws and ordinances regulating the preparation, processing, storage and sale of cottage food products.

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