Vaxxed but still wearing a mask?

Honestly, I just wish the leadership of our country could agree on something for once. There are so many mixed messages about masks and the efficacy of the vaccine. They say that the vaccine is only 94% effective, and that some can still catch the disease and die, but they also said we would reach herd immunity when the country achieved a 70% vaccination rate. Now, we are nowhere near 50%, but already all the masks guidelines were lifted. Then they say the numbers are going up and that the Deta variant is spreading quickly. The WHO says wear a mask, the CDC says no need. Some stores require them, some don't.

What are you doing now, in July, if you are vaccinated? Are you still wearing a mask when in indoor/crowded places or have you completely stopped?

Ethics Of The Vaccine

I am so happy the vaccine is on its way, and I am wanting to get it because I am an educator. But, I have been hearing conversations about ethics with the vaccine. Should I, a 30-year-old, get the vaccine before a 65-year-old? Personally, I feel a little sheepish getting it before elderly people who are at risk. But, I feel at risk as well. What do you think I should do?

Which vaccine sounds safest to you?

Like most of America, I am still waiting to get the vaccine. It looks like in the spring/summer when I can get it that I might have a choice of which to get, with the variety out there. The new mRNA ones sound good, using your own bodies cells doesn't sound to risky. But it takes two shots and there is no long term data available for this vaccine method. The other ones use older methods that are tried and true. Plus they only require one shot. I am not sure how they all compare when it comes to the new variants.
What are you thinking, if you had a choice, which vaccine would you prefer to get?

Stimulus check conversations got on my nerves...

Maybe I'm wrong, but hear me out. Right when the stimulus was passed, quite a few people (including me - still haven't gotten it) had to wait on their checks due to errors on the side of the IRS and partially tax companies. What drove me crazy were the people who were mad that they had to wait an extra week or 2 because they had bills to pay and they had told their landlords and bill collectors they would have the money when they got their checks. My parents always taught me never count your chickens before they hatch. Since this outrage was only a week or 2 after the stimulus had even been announced, I just couldn't help but wonder did they have a plan before the stimulus to begin with? Now, I do understand that a lot of people were hurt financially by everything going on and were hurting for the money, but the comments I saw seemed more like people who had put their bills on hold banking on this check hitting their account. Am I wrong for thinking that outrage was unwarranted?

Were the vaccines developed too quickly?

I am by no means an antivaxxer. I have all my shots, and get the flu vaccine every fall. However, these new mRNA vaccines have me a bit concerned. I have read about how they work, and it seems very safe to me. But I am not a doctor, I do not know what the long-term side effects will be, and since this is a new technology that has never been used on a global scale before, I don't believe anybody does. So while I want to get a vaccine and get back to normal life, I am worried. Do you think my worry is justified, are you also scared about how quickly these vaccines were rolled out.

Caring for others, or socialism?

Lately the word socialism seems to have lost its meaning. Many use it as a sort of blanket word to mean everything bad about a government. Often it is used as a way to shut down ideas, or progress. You are either a capitalist or a socialist. But what if neither capitalism or socialism where words that were used, what is there was a new -ism? Why can't we take the things that work from multiple systems of government, and then save what worked well and threw out the rest? I mean, I think it is reasonable to expect certain industries to be socialized. Nobody wants privatized fire departments, police, prisons, etc. Why should corporations be in control of things that people need in order to survive, like water, food, and knowledge? Should these not be public goods that the government manages for the benefit of all?
I personally am sick of being called a socialist for wanting services to help everyone. I think its what rich countries should do. I know the dangers of communism, that is not what I am proposing, but can't we have a new -ism that works for the 21st century?

South Florida In COVID Trouble?

Florida, like much of U.S., is still in the middle of the COVID epidemic. But, is Florida falling behind compared to other states in the union? Currently, Florida is one of the worst places to live, getting hit with COVID. Additionally, vaccines are not getting out quick enough. They are still only offering the vaccine to people 65 and older, while other states are around 60 and older. Will Florida be able to catch up?

The Toll Of Stimulus Checks

Stimulus checks are on its way for the 3rd time. This time, it looks like $1,400 will be the number for most adults who qualify. Ultimately, though, I am wondering what this will do with the economy and taxes. Personally, I think this is bad for America moving forward. How about you?

A Republican House Takeover

Politico put out plans from the Republican Party about trying to challenge the Democratic Party and the district maps for the future. But, are they going to be able to do this? I think not, but it is worth a try. How about you? Will there be change with the maps?

Trump Upset At Attorneys

After Day 1 of the impeachment trials, Trump is apparently upset at their performance. At this point, it looks like Trump's no longer likes his new attorneys that he replaced his old ones for. Do you think he will get new attorneys at this point? I think not, but he might want new ones. You?