Do you plan on getting the COVID vaccination once it is available? What are your thoughts about up coming travel?
I yearn to travel but currently I'm not up for getting onto a plane due to the numbers of people and the possibility of higher risks of infection. I'd planned to cover Scandinavia next year by road, but due to the UK leaving the EU I might not be able to actually go into Europe until Britain is in a better state for the numbers of infections we have here. As for the vaccine well I'll a little on the fence as I don't ever take anything unless its a natural product and for obvious reasons no one knows if there might be any long term affects from it, if it meant I could leave the UK and at least head somewhere then yes I would have it. I won't however be rushing to get it as I am completely out in the sticks and see no one for weeks at a time so would prefer others at higher risk to have it to protect them first.
Thanks for posting Jo.
I am traveling via plane twice a month for work. The only U.S. airline that I will fly right now is Delta as they are still blocking seats. I can say they are doing an excellent job of cleaning. You've never seen an airplane so clean. They are doing food service so there is little contact once you get on the plane. They are enforcing the mask rule so it is going well so far.
As for a vaccine, I'm a nurse and I'm running a COVID triage center at present. We have a telephone call each morning and I will tell you that I like what I hear about this vaccine. No medicine is without side effects but this sounds like it is testing well. I hope people will get vaccinated so they can stay safe. I imagine this is how people felt when we all lined up for the first polio vaccinations.
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I think this very much depends on the airline, I've heard brilliant reports on Turkish airlines and terrible ones on the main British ones as in every seat taken, masks not being worn, planes not clean....the list is long enough to make it worrying. I'm really glad to hear that on the vaccine, it's going to be ongoing in finding the kinks but by the sound of it the outcome of life becoming more normal again and the side affects outweigh the fear of having it done.
Linda and I are planning to get the Covid vaccine as soon as it becomes available to us, which given our age and underlying conditions should be in January or February 2021. The main reason is that the vaccine will likely be required for international travel...just like a whole host of other vaccines were required in the past to travel to or from countries with certain diseases. Remember cholera, Small pox, yellow fever and encephalitis shots? We still have our International Certificates of Vaccination from the WHO/CDC, although the last entries are from 2008.
Yesterday I booked our flights to Edinburgh, Scotland departing here on 21 June and returning on 4 July. If Covid prevents this trip, United says they will refund the tickets. With the vaccination we are not worried about contracting the virus on the flights or elsewhere.
My travel depends, like everything right now, entirely on the virus. I stayed local in 2020, and enjoyed it more than I expected. New England has lots of obscure and beautiful corners, and I got to find several of them.I like being outdoors anyway, so a year where I could do little else safely was manageable. I got to save money for future trips too.
As for the vaccine, I plan to get it, but will still not travel to places where the infection rate is high. Nobody knows how long immunity lasts yet, and people have gotten COVID twice within six months. I'm hoping the projections that the US (at least) will have herd immunity by late summer are accurate. A fall trip could be quite fun.
Are you beginning to think about foreign travel yet or is it still too soon?
Way too soon. With the new variants appearing, nobody knows when COVID rates will be low enough to safely go somewhere, or when borders will open. I predict June will be the earliest (in the US. at least) to even think about planning a trip.
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I'm scheduled to get the first Covid vaccination tomorrow afternoon. Linda might too as they are now also vaccinating those over 65. This will keep us on track for our planned visit to Scotland in June...I hope.
Hi jo, Due to this pandemic Covid 19 sorry i am not in a favour of travel somewhere.
stay home stay safe
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We have both received both vaccinations. We are traveling as the risk to us an others is very, very, very low. Those who can't weigh the risk vs benefits can stay home.