mike wrote:Meanwhile, here in The Netherlands I have been vaccinated and so far it has been impossible to get an official certification that I have been vaccinated. The front line staff (doctors, people at vaccine locations) don't have a clue. The policy seems to be that since you do not need an official proof of vaccine in The Netherlands for anything, therefore they are not issuing them. Some regional medical centers are refusing to register vaccines in the so-called 'yellow' vaccine book.
I usually fly to Chania from a local airport in Germany. The airport itself has a test center offering rapid antigen tests and PCR tests for people needing such things to get in and out of the country. Problem in the short-run is that the border is closed, so I can't get to the airport anyway without getting the necessary tests.
As of a few days ago, parts of Greece (north and south Aegean) are or will soon be open -- as orange regions but apparently quarantine upon return won't be necessary under certain conditions (eg, proof of vaccine, PCR test).
Well, I'm slightly pissed off (to put it mildly). €€€ spent on failed tracking apps and you can't even download an "official" document that you have been vaccinated, even though you can download the data (date, time, type of vaccine, batch number) ...
I can understand the logistics co-ordination problems in the abstract. I can also understand that gov't guidelines have to be general and not fine-tuned to all exceptions and special cases. For example, last autumn all of Greece was off-limits, mainly because of outbreaks in places like Mykonos and Attica. Crete, in fact, was fine (I posted something about it at the time), safer than The Netherlands.
As of now, the epidemic is being "carried" by the 10 to 40-50 age group (late teens to early 20's the highest, around 30% above national average). Surveys indicate that this group also has the least interest in getting vaccinated (again, around 30% don't want vaccine). But, this gets us out of the biology and into the sociology/psychology of pandemics ...
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