I am 62. In the past three years, I have been hospitalized twice, for 12 days each, due to pneumonia and septic shock. I was lucky to survive (thank you, Meritus) and it was a long fight back to my new normal.

I have multiple chronic conditions that I manage to the best of my abilities. My doctors consider me at high risk for severe complications of COVID. I have left my home only six times in the last 10 months, for medical that could not be done via telehealth. I am thankful that I can work from home. Yet I am at risk every time another member of my household needs to run an errand, my husband needs to travel for his work, or I need lab work.

Maryland’s initial vaccination plan in October put me in group 1B, which is what my doctors recommended. Then the CDC recommended that other groups should be prioritized before those with chronic conditions, so I moved to 1C. Maryland shifted us to group 2, which I just found out recently.

While I try to be patient and understanding of limited supply and sound reasoning for the changes, it really hurt to have it thrown in my face at Governor Hogan’s Jan. 14 press conference that I am no longer a priority. The Frederick News-Post printed a quote the next day from Rona Kramer, the secretary for Maryland’s Department of Aging, stating that, “With this shift, vaccinations will be available for essentially all of Maryland’s most vulnerable populations.” Ms. Kramer, just because someone is not yet 65, does not mean that they are not among the most vulnerable. Words hurt, and just add to the frustrations and fear that those under 65 with serious chronic conditions endure.

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bosco

According to an article just posted online, there are inequities in regards to which communities are experiencing a higher rate of Covid cases but lower vaccination rates. Increased education is warranted, but I would hate to see vaccines allocated by race.

It will be interesting to watch how this develops.

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bosco

I disagree with you phydeaux. A sense of guilt over your perceived white privilege seems to dominate your view. I, on the other hand, was taught from an early age that regardless of my ethnicity and which side of the tracks I came from that success came to those who pay attention in school and work hard. I'm sure affirmative action played a part, but I also had to have some pep in my step to advance to success. I believe VP Harris has said the same thing and did not wait around for the white man to allocate anything to her.

Further, your position that the white man allocates everything to people of color denigrates the fact that people of color can succeed without the white man's largess.

Reflect on this. Peace to you too.

phydeaux994

But you totally ignore the word OPPORTUNITY bosco. Every White person has the opportunity to pay attention in school and and work hard. Many minorities do not have that opportunity. You deny White Privilege and you deny Racism. Your own words were you wish people were judged on their character, not on their Race, yet you judge entire Races as having no character. You have a preconceived belief of the character of people before you have even met them. Case in point, is bosco Manor in a neighborhood where people of all Races and Religions are welcome as your neighbors? If you don’t believe in something you deny it exists.

bosco

Phydeaux, you are again telling me what you think I believe. Your prejudice projector is still running. Every child in America has the OPPORTUNITY to take advantage of a free public education if they and their parents will put forth the effort. White privilege is your mantra to project your own prejudices onto others and which appears sanctimonious. And, BTW, we at Bosco Manor welcome friends and neighbors of all persuasions, but without keeping statistics for you. A nice diverse blend of all backgrounds.

Once in a while, I will read one of your White Privilege rants to an assembly and the those who are of color get a good laugh at you trying to lay a guilt trip on others by assuming they can't make it on their own.

You and I will never agree as long as you try to discount my life experience because it doesn't fit your paradigm.

bosco

Fido said "You have a preconceived belief of the character of people before you have even met them."

Fido, would that be like when you recently declared that some 75 million people were not true Americans or Patriots since they didn't vote the way you thought they should?

You do realize that a sizeable number of those folks are people of color.

Your internal racism is showing, no matter how hard you try to deflect it onto others.

bosco

QUESTION FOR FIDO, are you for equality or equity?

Greg F

There should be a new slogan: TRUMP LIED-GRANDMA DIED!!!

bosco

Off topic Doctor Fed Up GregF, I just received a Priority Mail box from Florida this morning. It was mailed from Florida on Dec 2 and has been sitting at Capitol Heights since December 9. Can you beat that?

shiftless88

What do you expect, given that the previous administration purposefully screwed up the USPS.

olefool

You have Trump's postal fiasco to thank for that.. Tries to put a monkey wrench into the elections and eff's up the entire postal system. Your hero!!

bosco

I keep telling you, olefool, Trump was no hero of mine. Pay attention, please. I did, however, agree with some of his accomplishments and give him credit for those. Are you happy that Quid Pro Joe is opening the southern border and cancelling deportation orders for violent criminal illegals?

DickD

Bosco disowns Trump now but he has been a strong advocate of Trump in the past. We know where Bosco stands.

phydeaux994

How do you OPEN something that has never been CLOSED!! Quit rewriting HISTORY! Illegal Immigration was at a 10 year low in 2017 and Trump caused a stampede when he said he was going to close the Border with a WALL that Mexico was going to pay for. Trump spent billions on 16 miles of new WALL that can be breached with a saw from Home Depot and a car jack.

bosco

DickD, read my reply to the olefool. I was never a supporter of Trump the person, agreed with some of his policies and accomplishments, and disagreed with with the shenanigans of the Democrats from the fake dossier to the Russia Russia Russia focus, the Schiff kangaroo court, and the hypocrisies of the radical left Democrats.

DickD

The longest one I have received so far as is 33 days. Mailed three at the same time at the Middletown Post Office, December 14th

One got there Dec. 27th, two got there January 16th.

DickD

Grand pa too, Greg.

bosco

Fauci lied and grandma died. Get a map a google his March 8 interview on 60 Minutes.

threecents

I think there should be a reserve of vaccines for cases like this. Maybe doctors offices will be given vaccines soon and will be able to have some discretion over who is next in line. I think Maryland HMOs have been given vaccines, but not sure if they have any discretion yet.

Greg F

Great, they want schools open, but I too am shoved into the Group 2 with high risk. I can't send my kid back to school until I get the vaccine, nor can I go back to work other than teleworking...though which works, is far from effective. So to those who say they want their kids in schools, put the pressure on so those of us with the comorbidity issues can allow our own kids to go there in the first place. Then you can send your kids there without fear that they, like many kids I see, don't wear masks and don't socialize with others without protections.

DickD

The health Department only has Moderna vaccine, the hospital has Pfizer. You are supposed to wait 4 weeks before the second shot of Moderna and three for Pfizer. You can get it 4 days earlier for both and be okay. You also can wait 6 to 12 weeks for the second shot. Naturally, you d get full protection until after the second shot.

Dwasserba

You can't even do anything on the site today (Monday).

pdl603

I feel for you. I know of two people in exactly the same situation. It is terrible to be told one thing then have it turned around on you. Sadly, those that look to government for solutions are almost always disappointed.

bosco

Meanwhile Quid Pro Joe can't remember if his campaign pledge was for 100 million people vaccinated in 100 days or 100 million doses in 100 days. When a reporter managed to sneak in a question about it, Quid Pro Joe's response was "Come on, man, give me a break"

matthewboh

Are you a Russian troll or just a Qanon seditionist? AFAF....

bosco

Evidently you didn't watch the signing ceremonies.

olefool

He's just another Trump loser... Busted, Disgusted, and not to be trusted...

olefool

Bosco: hahahahahahahahahahaha.... I am gushing over Trump's loss, still PO'ed that Trump dismantled our country, and once again, a Democrat has a chore to repair the damages left by Republican presidents when they leave office.

Greg F

Both, Matt...>B is both and more.

bosco

The topic of my remarks, Doctor Fed Up GregF, was Quid Pro Joe's backpedaling on his 100 people vaccinated in 100 days and when questioned about it could only respond "Come on, man, give me a break"

Your continued affliction with Trump does not provide any cover for Bumbling Biden and the far left's agenda, but it is nice that you are part of the Biden Protection Program.

It's going to be an interesting one to four years.

bosco

Shiftless, you are right, just after Biden touted his 100 million doses plan, the question was asked. The question should've been to clarify 100 million people or doses, but his handlers shut down the questions after he said "Come on, man, give me a break"

Funny thing is, if his bold new plan is to vaccinate 50 million people in 100 days, you gotta ask yourself if that plan is aggressive enough with a population of 330 million.

threecents

I don't which I feel sorrier for - the letter writer or Bosco, for his debilitating BDS.

shiftless88

Bosco; the question was if the schedule was aggressiveness enough. Biden is still trying to sort out the massive mess that Trump left behind so after a couple of days in office yes, that question was silly. Of course, neither Biden nor the government control the production so there is a limit to how fast this can move. Especially when you find out that Trump's administration had lied about the reserves.

Greg F

Boxco, come on now...you know all too well how badly Trump hosed things. Trump had ZERO plans. Repeat...ZERO, and now it comes out from Birx and Faucci that Trumpo had used a second set of altered data for his briefings to further suppress the information. That when Biden said 100M doses, that was also assuming Trump didn't like (he did) about the number of viruses already produced. Give your lies and twisting of truths a rest already. That he is doing ANYTHING is a 100% turnaround from that orange a-hole and his intent to sabotage everything down to his final hours in office. Then Trump quid-pro pardoned anyone who did his bidding. Boxco you're one of the most dishonest people on here....and it shows. You're nothing but a sad sack hate mongering lie factory.

Greg F

Assume Trumpo didn't LIE...not like. And boxco, you know he lied, and thousands died...directly at his hands.

Greg F

Stolen elections....COME ON MAN, GIVE ME A BREAK. Trump is still screaming about that even now as he cries his eyes out in Mar-a-Lago, amongst the hunch-backed and withered old decrepit members who are now leaving in droves.

threecents

Bosco, You do realize that those two concepts could be identical, and there is a huge debate over that very point, so it is reasonable that Biden would not want to weigh into it - at least not now. Fauci seems to want to reserve booster shots for those who got the first shot, but I personally do not want that. Both sides have legit points.

Awteam2021

Bosco’s comments are most often not germane. More often inanity, not worthy of a response.

shiftless88

piddle; you have advocated for basically saying "screw you" to people in the LTE author's situation regarding the virus/masking/shut down. And NOW you want to empathize? Get real.

Greg F

Gee piddle...why are they disapponted? It couldn't be due to the robust plan and solid science, along with his vast network of cooperative efforts with departments from Federal to State that could have done it. If you think that...you're head is still where we know it is...in a place no sunshine gets to because that's why people are disappointed...that stuff never happened with Trump. The we see the likes of you pining for days of Government help (big Government type help) that your party has been feverishly trying to do away with since it's "SOCIALIST" in your puny mind. You, CD, Boxco will all be the first ones in line for a hand-out or call to action from a socialistic type program, and I am 100% sure you'll take your Social Security check, pandemic check, unemployment and spend it the same as any other dollar. I fee zero sympathy should you need assistance of some sort and because you and your party don't want something socialized, you don't get it. Piddle off.

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