Archive for January 1st, 2021

2020 confirmed to just about anyone paying attention that way too many Republicans rejected science.  Now as we begin 2021, next week Republicans in Congress will officially reject math.  That’s where we are at folks.

The Trib has a good article today on the vaccination rollout here in the Lone Star State.  Here is how it starts:

On Dec. 22, Gov. Greg Abbott sat in a conference room at the Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin and rolled up his sleeve for the cameras. A nurse pricked a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into his left arm and state officials and hospital staff in the room applauded.

Abbott then threw up his arms: “It’s that easy,” he said.

The event was a celebration of a major milestone in the battle against the coronavirus. Although cases were still mounting in Texas and new hospitalizations were climbing, 1.4 million health care workers and vulnerable Texans were set to receive the vaccine by the end of 2020, Abbott said, with millions more to come soon after.

But in the days since that celebration, getting that vaccine to the people eligible to receive it has proven far from easy. The vaccine’s rollout has been marred by poor messaging from state officials, technical errors and logistical delays.

As the final hours of 2020 ticked away, it was unclear whether anyone in the state knew how many doses of the vaccine had been administered here. And after state officials had expressed concern that vaccines were going unused and urged providers to give them to anyone who was eligible, many who met the qualifications were finding it difficult — if not impossible — to track down anyone with vaccines to give. Many counties asked Texans to sign up via an iPhone application or through an online registry, and some elder Texans are finding those technologies onerous.

The confusion left medical experts and people urgently awaiting the vaccine frustrated and questioning how the state would be able to handle smoothly administering vaccines to a population of nearly 30 million in the coming months.

“All of this seems to have been avoidable if it had been properly thought through,” said state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin.

Here is the entire piece: COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Texas lacks clarity, answers | The Texas Tribune.

Miya Shay has been covering the story locally here: Coronavirus Houston: Answers to common COVID-19 vaccine questions – ABC13 Houston.

What a clusterfu_k.

The members of the Chron E-Boad put out their wish lists of sorts for 2021 when things return to normal if they ever do return to normal.  Check it out here:  Editorial: Our post-pandemic bucket list for 2021. Hey, we can dream. – HoustonChronicle.com.

The way the vaccine rollout is going, it may be a while before we get to so some of the takes the E-Board members mentioned.

In 19 days, the grown-ups will be back in charge. Keep hope alive.

Dallas Keuchel is celebrating his 33rd birthday today.  Happy Birthday!

He last pitched for us in 2018 and he now pitches for the White Sox.

I texted out to family and friends a Happy New Year.  In all honesty though, the happy part rings a bit hollow this morning.

Have a safe New Year 2021 and wear a mask.

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