Now that we are moving steadily into the second year of this situation, I am curious if anyone from the community has completed the doses of a Covid vaccine and, if so, which version did you get and how difficult was it to arrange that?
In my case, I expect that I will have almost no chance of getting vaccinated any time soon, if ever. However, under the circumstances (this Teusday will be the one-year anniversary of my onset of covid symptoms, and next week I will get PCR test number 14 since September, which I am sure will be negative again,) I don't really mind being at the back of the line.
Of course, if vaccination status begins to significantly affect travel options, then I won't be so patient. Today I saw this news article, which hints at an upcoming era of confusion:
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/covid-vaccine-travel-visa-rules-intl-hnk/index.html China opens its borders to foreigners who take Chinese shots, as geopolitical vaccine silos emerge
Hong Kong (CNN) — China is making it easier for foreigners to enter the country. But there's one condition: they need to have received a China-made Covid-19 vaccine.
Thomas also hopes for a best-case scenario where countries don't follow China's lead -- instead, they treat all vaccinated people the same, regardless of the vaccine, so long as the vaccine has data to support its efficacy. He hopes countries can stop treating the vaccine rollout as a race, and instead treat it as a global health issue.
"The viruses don't care about borders, they don't care about nationalities or races or religions or ideologies or ethnicities or anything like that, they just want to replicate and mutate," he said.
After an especially onerous set of red-tape procedures, I finally have approval to enter Thailand soon, but vaccination was not any part of the process. I will, for the first time, be doing the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival, however.
In my original schedule for this Tour, I would have kept going until some time around this June. However, I have significantly over-spent already, thanks to covid. Since my permanent ending point is still closed tight, I will need to keep moving anyway. I would like to get to two or three more countries after Thailand, but the possibility of that is still unclear right now. If getting vaccinated will help with that I may need to resort to extraordinary measures to make that happen...