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‘Darwin Award 2021’ — All The Trump MAGA Supporters Refusing To Get Vaccinated Against COVID.

by Anura Guruge


I happen to speak to 4 on Monday within the space of 3-hours. That is what got me thinking.

WOW. You can’t trump them when it comes to the ‘Darwin Award‘.

What gets me, most, is that they don’t get the contradiction & irony. Trump, with ‘Warp-Speed’, was who got the vaccines developed. So, they are saying they DO NOT TRUST Trump! Ahhh? Come again? Moreover, Trump got himself vaccinated even though he had already had COVID, & furthermore got powerful, experimental antibody treatment. So, he was better protected from getting COVID, again, than most.

I am curious to see how this pans out. How many people, in the end, will refuse the vaccine.

Till then, lets celebrate them by giving them the much coveted ‘Darwin Award 2021’.


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by Anura Guruge


Rather Confusing COVID Vaccination Invitation By Boston’s (Famed) ‘Mass General Brigham’.

by Anura Guruge


This is the second e-mail invitation I have received from ‘Mass General’.

Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), where I got my cataract surgeries, are a part of ‘Mass General’. I have to believe that this is why I got these two e-mails. So, I qualify as a Mass General patient through OCB. Cool.

Well, I didn’t bother to read the first invitation because I had LUCKILY already got mine, on March 6, 2021, even though I had to wait in line 3-hours.

But, today I read the 2nd e-mail (shown above). It would appear that I am NOT qualified since I am a NH resident. So, not sure HOW this would have worked.

Now, they DO know where I live. Trust me, they know where I live.

Hhhmmmm. I have to think about this. Not impressed.


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by Anura Guruge

Non-Whites, Like I, Would Not Be As Skeptical & Cynical IF Vaccination Registration Did NOT Start By Asking For Ethnicity & Race.

by Anura Guruge


Here is the link to the above article … click here.


Well, I have been through the COVID vaccination registration process three times — one online (with VAMS) & twice on the phone after calling 2-1-1. Each time, one the first questions I get asked is ‘ethnicity’ followed by ‘race’. In one of the 2-1-1 calls the person at the other end even JOKED saying: “I assume it is not going to be Caucasian or Hispanic“! Not good.

It would help IF they made the RESERVATION without asking about race.

Why do they need to know that to make a reservation — UNLESS, of course, you want to start suspecting the WORST. And that is what has happened.

IF they need that data for demographics they can collect it when we are there to get the SHOT. Think about it.

Admit that this makes sense.


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New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccination: VAMS Is Not Working, Get A Manual Appointment Through 211 — April 16!

by Anura Guruge


Well, on February 1, 2021, I thought having to wait till March 25, i.e., 6-weeks away, to get my vaccination was unacceptable. I thought scheduling will IMPROVE over time. WRONG. DEAD WRONG.

I tried yesterday. Could NOT get any appointments. NADA. Nothing.

Today, I made two 211 calls. About 20-minutes on hold, each time, BUT they are really helpful.

After the 1st call I tried VAMS again. Could not get a SINGLE appointment. Then around 7pm today, I called 211 for the 2nd time.

He said that there are times when VAMS does NOT work. Also said that all the sites in the South, i.e., South of Concord, were FULL till May.

But, he could get me an appointment in Plymouth, Lebanon or Claremont. Plymouth is only about an hour away & it is a nice drive. So, I opted for Plymouth.

On Friday, April 16 at the ‘National Guard Recruiting Center’. 2-months out.

This is CRAZY.

All of the ‘fluff’ you hear on WMUR is just plain FAKE NEWS.



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COVID-19 Vaccination AVAILABILITY In New Hampshire Is A Bloody Joke — A Pretty Bad One At That!

by Anura Guruge


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So, as an over-65 I am now eligible to get the vaccination — & have been since January 22, 2021.

I did NOT try & register till yesterday because I was going to Iowa to pick up ‘Rowen’. So, I waited until I got back, i.e., yesterday, to register. Actually there was an e-mail asking me to register. I did.

Today, I was INVITED to pick an appointment. Well, YOU can see from above. Those were my options. Earliest was March 25, 2021. 6-weeks away.

That is a BLOODY JOKE.

Did I get an appointment. Heck NO. I am NOT going to bother. I will wait.

This is a joke. Actually it is a CRIME. What a country.


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CNN, Covering The British COVID Vaccinations, Claims That The People of Cardiff, Wales, Are ‘English’!

by Anura Guruge


Well if the U.S. President, Trump, cannot distinguish between England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland & the U.K., I guess we shouldn’t expect CNN to get it right either. This was CNN’s ‘Brooke Baldwin’ doing today’s 1pm news.

Yes, she was very excited to get a live report from Cardiff — which happens to be the capital of Wales.

She was gushing …

She then says something along the lines of: “… the English people of Cardiff, Wales … among the first to get the vaccine …“.

Oh, dear!

English = England

Welsh = Wales

Scottish = Scotland

Irish = Boston (Smile).


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I Have Never Had A Tetanus Vaccination — And I Was Told, In My 40s, That I Probably Didn’t Need One.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetanus_vaccine


Growing up in third-world Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) 1950 — 1967 we did not get many vaccination. The only one I know, for sure, that I got was the oral (i.e., in a sugar cube) polio vaccine c. 1962. As I have chronicled many times on this blog, we, the brown kids of Ceylon, unbeknownst to us were used to try out the vaccine. Well, we did fine (thank you). My maternal uncle was the then Director of Health for Ceylon and this probably was his doing. He was far thinking. I, alas, never got to talk to him about this.

As I child I caught and suffered through measles & mumps — and, quite memorably, typhoid from drinking some unboiled water before my adoptive mother could stop me. I caught chicken pox from my elder kids when I was in my late 30s — and nobody told me that it is pretty serious in adults. All I knew was that my doctor did not want me to come in!

Now to tetanus. Never was vaccinated for it in Ceylon — and as a raggamuffin who played a lot of street cricket I got plenty of cuts and scratches. I probably had some exposed injury every day. Vaccinations also were not big in the U.K. in the 1970 – 1980. I don’t recall anybody asking me whether I had had a tetanus vaccination in the UK.

The question as to my tetanus shot only started to come up in the U.S. — particularly after the mid-1990s. I would get asked at my physical. I would decline.

Eventually, over the years, I had two conversations with U.S. doctors — who were friends of mine at the time. They both said that it was probably pointless for me to get a tetanus shot post-40. According to them my body probably had built up enough antibodies to tetanus over the years. “If you haven’t had tetanus by now, and you grew up in a tropical country … you are probably safe by now.” That made sense to I.

So, I am just sharing this for the record.

Also, for the record, I have nothing against vaccinations. All the kids have had all the required vaccinations and a FEW optional ones. Yes, I have said no to a few that seemed superfluous. And for the last 6 or 7 years, I and the two youngest kids, have also got the flu shot every year — without fail. Last year, upon turning 65, I even got a pneumonia shot. So, do not accuse me of anything. Just stating the facts about tetanus.


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We Got Our Flu Shots at the Hannaford, Alton pharmacy


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Deanna, Devanee and I got our 2012 – 2013 ‘flu shot’, influenza vaccination, at the Hannaford, Alton pharmacy. It, in all aspects, was ‘painless’ — though Devanee, as ever, complained (but did not scream as she is sometimes wont to do when getting a shot or having blood drawn).

It is the first time we have had a flu shot from a pharmacy, as opposed to a hospital. In terms of convenience and price, you can’t beat it. No lines and a minimum of waiting. Yes, there was a fair amount of paperwork to be done. But, overall it was quick. Basically, in and out.

The pharmacist who administered the injections was very nice. We had never seen her before. The Alton Hannaford pharmacy currently does not have a permanent pharmacist. For 2 years or more we had two really decent men, who we got to know quite well. We are supposed to be getting a new one within the month. Till then the pharmacy is served by floaters.

This pharmacist, very openly, admitted, even without us asking, that giving injections is not something she had expected to do when she was studying to be a pharmacist. It is very apparent that she was not taught to give injections at ‘school’. She had an interesting, but effective, technique. She didn’t inject per se; she jabbed, handling the syringe as if it were a dart. You could tell she has practiced on poor oranges. Told me that I am thin-skinned. Wow.

Though I am very happy to have got the shots, with the minimum of fuss, the whole process bothers me. First of all, I feel bad for the pharmacists! I have to assume that they don’t really have a choice in this matter — other than trying to find a job with somebody else. They should not be expected to give shots. That is not what they trained for. I wonder if Hannaford has any pharmacists who have refused to give shots. They should have a choice in this matter.

I checked the pharmacist, as I am wont to do with most professionals, on her knowledge on the subject, and she got it wrong. I asked her if this was a NEW vaccine for ‘this year’ and she glibly responded: ‘we get a new vaccine every year because the flu strains are different’. Wrong! There was no new vaccine last year. They used the same one as they had used the year before. How do I know; I checked with the CDC. Why did I do that; because Walmart started offering flu vaccine in early September (maybe even August) and I couldn’t fathom how they could have come up with a formula that early.

Yes, there is supposed to be a NEW vaccine, with protection against two new strains added, for 2012 – 2013. Not sure whether we got that. As far I know she could have injected water from the tap! Yes, I am a cynic. Yes, I saw her extract fluid from a small vial, but who knows. The drug company could be shipping duds. Yes, I am very cynical.

I have never been a fan of flu shots until of late. This is just the 3rd flu shot I have had. I am genetically prone to bronchitis. For the last 30 years, once in Spring and then in the fall, I get a real bad case of bronchitis. I would always end up having to take antibiotics, sometimes multiple courses. So I was finally persuaded to get the flu shot, especially as I get closer and closer to 60. The first year we happened to be at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon when they were having a free flu clinic. That was ultra convenient and the price was right. Last year we also got it from DHMC, but at Concord; our ‘Primaries’ being there. We didn’t make a special appointment or go to a scheduled clinic. Deanna had an appointment with her Primary and she asked for a shot while she was in there. I asked whether I could get one too, and since my Primary is also there it proved not to be an issue. They charged our insurance.

Hannaford yesterday told me that my shot was not covered by my insurance. They were wrong on that too. I called up my insurance, the NH State ‘NH Plan’, and they said I was 100% covered outside of my deductible. They claim that Hannaford most likely billed it wrong. So I now have to submit a claim. But, overall in terms of convenience and cost ($25) it was a good deal. By the way, I did call Huggins. They told me to try a pharmacy.

I have mixed feelings about vaccinations. Though I was a child growing up, 50 years ago, in a poor 3rd world country, I was lucky enough to get vaccinations against most things. Chicken pox vaccination was before my time and I got chicken pox when I was in my 40s. I never knew until much later what that could have done for me. Luckily I came out of that alive and with everything working. I have never had a tetanus shot, and as good, enlightened doctors will now point out … there is not much point getting one. That I haven’t got tetanus after all the cuts I have had indicates that my body has built up resistance on its own. A few years ago I worked out that c. 1960 I was one of the folks that received the then brand new ‘sugar cube’ polio vaccination as part of the patient trial process. Yes, they tested it out on brown kids in Ceylon. My uncle, who was a doctor, had a hand in arranging for this ‘free’ nationwide vaccination program, but since he is dead I have no way of finding out if he knew that this was a trial. All of us kids in Ceylon, including his then 3 sons, took it — by mouth. It was a big deal. Lots of media coverage. Lots of political publicity. We were told to wear our best to school for the occasion. We lined up. They put the sugar cubes in our mouth, a bit like the Eucharist. We survived and polio never really got a foothold in Ceylon. I have seen more people, in general, with polio in this country than I have in Ceylon. Some are my age. They did not get vaccinated. It was still being tried out on us. Funny how the cookie crumbles.



National immunization programs in Ceylon. Click if you want to read an article.

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