spoke with Krasnodar residents living abroad and learned about how vaccination against coronavirus takes place in different countries of the world.
Alexey Brazhnikov, lives in Washington. The author and director of a documentary film, left Russia in 2011.
— In America, a record number of deaths due to covid were registered in January: today, there are already more than 80 thousand people. A life-saving vaccine has been expected here for a long time, but there is not enough for everyone who wants it. Most recently, during the inauguration of the new president, I talked to passers — by on the streets, and most said that vaccination was one of the main reasons why they voted for Biden. There was hope that his administration would be able to quickly cope with the pandemic in the United States. Biden promised to deliver one hundred million vaccinations to people in the first hundred days of the presidency, but asked at the same time not to remove the masks for all these hundred days. People believed it, and many people decided out of the simplicity of their hearts that it would now be possible for everyone to get vaccines almost at any pharmacy.
Now there are signs in pharmacies saying that no one is being vaccinated here. I saw them myself today. In general, they promised vaccines, but they can’t vaccinate people faster yet. So far, on the contrary, according to statistics, over the past few days the number of vaccinated people has fallen compared to what it was at least a few weeks ago. In total, 6% of the population received the first dose of the vaccine in the United States. The authorities continue to promise, but we will see how it will be in practice.
Svetlana Karslioglu, lives in Dublin, California. She works remotely, moved to the USA from Krasnodar in 2011.
-Mass vaccination against COVID-19 has begun in America, but at the moment priority is given to essential workers, including medical staff, government personnel, transport workers and others. Elderly people over 65 years of age can also receive a coronavirus vaccination. As far as I know, it is quite difficult to schedule a vaccination time and you have to wait in line. On the other hand, there is no feeling that people are rushing to get vaccinated. Even if you get the vaccine now, it does not cancel social distancing and wearing a mask.
In the foreseeable future, it seems to me, we will not return to normal life. It is still necessary that most people have some kind of immunity to the virus, so that, in turn, it is possible to remove the masks. Most likely, we will have to adapt to some changes, such as wearing a mask and not being able to travel. These changes will stay with us for a long time.
As for my family, we are not in a hurry to get vaccinated. For us, this is not an extreme need at the moment, since we work from home and are in constant quarantine. A few days ago, the use of the Moderna vaccine was suspended due to a strong allergic reaction in a large percentage of patients. For me, this is a red flag, and it is better to wait until there are more results. After all, it is unknown how effective the vaccine will be against new variants of viruses. Early results showed that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine is 95%. However, there is no data on new options.
Perhaps it will be like with the flu vaccine — the virus will change every year, and the effectiveness of the vaccine will not exceed 30-50%. In general, I want to see more long-term results and possible side effects before getting vaccinated. When more data is available, we will, of course, go for vaccinations.
Vlada Vasilyeva, lives in Canberra, works in the civil service and teaches at the university, moved from Krasnodar in 2004.
– In Australia, vaccination will begin in February. Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines will be used mainly. My turn will come, most likely, by the end of the year, which suits me. Most people are going to be vaccinated voluntarily. In Australia, in principle, there is a very high level of vaccination against everything. One of the highest in the world. In the future, without vaccination against covid, no one will be able to enter and leave Australia, so resistance is useless!
There is no urgency, because there is no covid itself in the population. Vaccination is carried out in order to open the borders. Vaccinations are free for everyone. They will be vaccinated in turn, starting with the groups for which this is most relevant. Healthy adults working from home will be the last to be vaccinated. I don’t think there will be a personal invitation. They will simply announce where you can get vaccinated. And then you sign up for a convenient time yourself. I’m not afraid of side effects. But if it turns out that the vaccine only works for six months, it is more profitable for me to get vaccinated closer to the rise of the Iron Curtain.
Olga Voloshina, Montreal, Quebec. She left Krasnodar in 2007, is engaged in photo and video shooting.
– There is no mass vaccination yet — only the elderly and doctors are vaccinated, everything is optional. While we have silence, apparently, they call from the hospital or the Ministry of Health when it’s your turn. We treat vaccination as inevitable, we plan it ourselves, of course, as soon as the turn comes. Maybe by September or later. I don’t know if it is possible to choose a specific vaccine. I would rather choose Moderna, it is enough for a year, they say, and Pfizer – for six months.
Our Prime minister said last week that there will definitely never be vacant passports in Canada. At the same time, surveys of the population are being conducted — and they are thinking whether to make the vaccine mandatory. They say that 70% of people are in favor of a mandatory vaccine. And 80% want the vaccine to be mandatory for office workers and anyone who wants to fly. But these are all discussions, no specifics. Conspiracy theorists are afraid of vaccinations — the same people who shouted, they say, 5G antennas spread the “crown”.
Valeria Khan, lives in Dusseldorf, works as a doctor, moved from Krasnodar in 2017.
— In my hospital, all employees were divided into categories depending on contact with patients, while there is not enough vaccine for everyone. In total, a little more than 50% of employees wanted to be vaccinated. Now they are not being vaccinated at full speed due to logistical problems. I have been ill and I hope that my immunity will remain for 2021. Then I’ll get vaccinated. By the way, while I was ill, I looked at all the test centers and was very impressed. We even went to the center, where we tested visitors through the car window.
Vaccination is free of charge. But, as far as I know, the main population is not yet offered a vaccine. But there was a very interesting discussion in the legal field. Is it possible to discriminate against the unvaccinated? Who has the right to know whether a person is vaccinated or not?
Margarita Kovaleva, lives in Utrecht, works from home, moved from Krasnodar in 2019.
– We started mass vaccination on January 6. While there is a BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. Among the first to receive the vaccine are emergency medical workers, employees of nursing homes and residents of these homes themselves. As far as I know, almost 80 thousand people have already been vaccinated. There is an official vaccination plan that describes the time intervals, categories of people and vaccines that will be available (and there are not only Pfizer, but also AstraZeneca, CureVac, Johnson & Johnson, GSK/Sanofi).
Adults under the age of 60 without chronic diseases (and there are 7.1 million of them in the country) are going to start vaccinating in May and plan to meet by the end of September. But all this, of course, depends on the supply of vaccines, on the province where you live, on how willingly people will want to get vaccinated.
You will not be able to sign up for the vaccine yourself when you want, at least not now. That is, you have to wait for your turn to come and the vaccination period for the group to which you belong will come. You will receive an invitation. Probably from the home doctor (therapist) to whom you are attached. There is still no vaccine at all for children and everyone under 18, and this category is not even in the plan.
Of course, I plan to get vaccinated when it is possible, as well as my husband. I am sure that I, like everyone else, want the world to return to normal as soon as possible, and for this we need to make our contribution. So far, I know two ways — to get sick and / or get vaccinated.
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