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That all sounds great. 😀

I got good news yesterday. This event is allowed to go ahead

Klassik am Odeonsplatz

It has been a (the..) high point of my year for the last 20 years. Last year it didn't happen. This year the audience will be a lot smaller, but it going ahead.

I'm on a "normal" job right now for this week, and the bloke who booked me here has indicated that he will also have a week's work in August for me.

We're not out of the woods yet, but we're on the way, I think. 😊

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New York is having fireworks tonight to celebrate 70% vaccination rate. Plus, Today New York State has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions. I'm sure some stores will still have mask wearing. And masking in the subway/buses will still be a thing (as far as I'm concerned that should be forever)

https://twitter.com/SammualM/status/1404898715580645378?s=20

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In case anyone wants to check how their country, state or whatever is doing here's a web site

https://ncovtrack.com/vaccine

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message from the Governor of NY:

I have some great news to share! Last night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer vaccine for kids age 5-11 and New York State's Clinical Advisory Task Force unanimously agreed with the CDC.

We have been preparing for this moment, working with pediatricians and other providers to help get shots administered so that we can protect our kids from COVID-19 and finally put an end to the pandemic. Many providers may be waiting for more in-depth clinical information before they begin providing shots to 5-11-year-olds, so be sure to check with your provider to see if they are currently administering the vaccine.

THE LATEST ON THE PFIZER VACCINE FOR KIDS. New York State is here to make it easy for kids to get vaccinated. A survey from schools across the state shows that nearly 400 districts intend to host a vaccination event! Parents: reach out to your pediatrician or other health care provider to see if they are currently administering vaccines to 5-11-year-olds.

SHARING THIS WEEK'S COVID TRENDS. As of November 2, 2021, there are 1,908 New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19. Our 7-day percentage positivity average was 2.22%, which is up from 2.11% last week.

Per the CDC as of November 3, 2021, 87.8% of adult New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose. So far, 27,392,352 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 77,583 doses were administered over the past 24 hours.

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cecilia wrote:

... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer vaccine for kids age 5-11 and New York State's Clinical Advisory Task Force unanimously agreed with the CDC.

That is good news. That should mean that similar recommendations follow in other countries. The world needs vaccinations for kids too...

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The world needs vaccinations for kids too.

agreed, even though there are idiot antivaxxers that think just because kids "seem" less likely to get sick and die that we shouldn't prevent them from getting infected.

I keep asking them what the number of kids dying is acceptable........... mine is ZERO

I'm also concerned that after an infection, years later will this virus spring a surprise?

Like chickenpox can result in shingles decades later. This virus is a bastard. Who wants to gamble with your children's health and future?

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cecilia wrote:

I'm also concerned that after an infection, years later will this virus spring a surprise?

Like chickenpox can result in shingles decades later. This virus is a bastard. Who wants to gamble with your children's health and future?

That's it.

and on top of that, and quite apart from the welfare of the kids, how many people can an infectious kid with no symptoms infect without ever being aware of being a carrier?
I think the correct answer to that might be "unlimited numbers" or something like that....

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I'll never understand how some people can be so casual about a deadly virus

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I suspect the fact of the matter is that some people are just stupid.

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definitely stupid. I constantly see idiots who refuse to admit that most covid deaths are unvaccinated.