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About warsteiner70

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  1. Israel is also (like the UK) only using single doses and either delaying the 2nd dose so they can vaccinate more people or not bothering with it and this isn't as effective as they had hoped: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/19/single-covid-vaccine-dose-in-israel-less-effective-than-we-hoped     So things may be slower here in Germany and take longer for everyone (who wants) to be vaccinated but it's better to be safer than sorry and give people, especially the high-risk group, both doses rather than only giving people one dose and then we still have issues with new cases/deaths increasing and we need to go into Lockdown Part 3.   It will be interesting to see if BoJo changes his policy of only giving people one dose and delaying the second dose based on this information.
  2.   It will be a bit of both. Although Germany (and other countries) have all announced that they have bought millions of doses of each vaccine, it was never going to be the case that all of the doses were going to be delivered immediately but over the course of the year.   There were always going to be problems getting people vaccinated as trying to vaccinate 70% of a country's population is something that has never been done or at least not in recent history so this will be a learning exercise. Provided people learn from the mistakes that are made during the initial vaccination rollout then it should mean by the time non-high risk people start to be vaccinated the process should be much more efficient.
  3. It's going to take time to begin with as they are going around nursing homes vaccinating the over 80's at the moment. Once the high-risk groups are vaccinated then they can start to use the vaccination centres and the amount of people they can vaccinate each day/week should increase rapidly.
  4. Handling a hostile colleague in Germany

    There are 3 different cultures involved here - US/Russia/Germany so it's possible to put it down to cultural differences but that doesn't mean you have to accept the behaviour if you feel it is inappropriate. Personally I would email him (so you have proof you have mentioned it to him if you do end up going to HR) and explain that you find his behaviour inappropriate and if it continues you will need to speak to HR about it.   Offer to discuss it with him over a coffee/drink (outside of work?) but make it clear without being aggressive that you won't allow the situation to continue.
  5. Cigarette smoking in grocery stores by employees

    Speak to the Manager. Even when they allowed smoking in restaurants non-smokers would never have to walk through the smoking area to get to the non-smoking area.
  6.   So are people not allowed to see their family members/relatives in Care Homes now then? Or is it s case of waiting until people have been vaccinated before they are allowed to visit family members/relatives in Care Homes?   There are lots of cases of people who haven't been able to visit their family members/relatives in Care Homes since the pandemic started and, in some cases, people have died without their family members/relatives being able to visit them. Are we saying it's ok for this to continue and people in Care Homes will just have to wait? It will take more than a year to get the 60% - 65% of people vaccinated   All of the vaccines (Biontech/Moderna/AZ) have been tested against the high-risk group and have performed well. People saying that certain people shouldn't have the vaccine just stinks of selfishness as they want to be vaccinated as soon as possible so they can get back to their normal life and do the things that are important to them i.e. go to the pub, on holiday, etc.
  7. It's down to the amount of people who develop serious complications in the test phase - https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54902908      
  8. Rude receptionist at Doctor's office

      And who says you have to switch to English if the German person switches to English?   The only way I could learn German was to be stubborn and continue speaking German even if the German person would switch to English as their English was better than my German. After a certain amount of time my German became better than their English so we conversed in German. Nowadays some people will switch to English as my German accent is awful but it doesn't really bother me as I know I am able to speak German when needed.
  9. This will probably be the same as the Yellow Fever vaccination. When travelling from certain countries to other countries you had to have a Yellow Fever Certificate proving you had the vaccination. It used to be the case that the Certificate had to be from within the previous 6 months or so as the vaccination only protected you from the virus for this amount of time but nowadays I think the vaccination lasts for 10 years.   This will probably be the same with the Coronavirus vaccine. There will presumably be an internationally recognised Certificate that you get when you have the vaccine, which is stamped with the date you were vaccinated and countries/airlines may need to see this before they you on the plane/enter the country.   Whether people will need to vaccinated at regular intervals as the vaccine may not last a lifetime is something we will find out in the next year or so as the pharma companies will still be testing the people who were given the vaccine to see how long it protects them from Covid.   As for being vaccinated, I don't have a problem with it and will get the vaccine as soon as I am able to but as I am not in a high risk group, it will probably be at least 6 months after the vaccine is released before I have a chance to.
  10. And this is where is becomes confusing - on the one hand you are allowed to self-isolate with friends or family if you travel from a country outside the air corridor, but on the other hand under Tier 2 restrictions you aren't allowed to mix indoors with other households except if you make a 'support bubble'. Which is correct?   And then you have the Christmas Bubble between the 23rd and 27th Dec where you can mix with people from a max of 3 other households - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family   It's just far too confusing, not worth the hassle and certainly not worth risking spreading covid.
  11.   Why so suspicious? If you don't think that the OPs request for help is real then just ignore it and move on to the next thread, it's not as if they are  asking for money from people on the forum.   And I've heard people in Germany refer to €5 as a fiver (Fünfer) - https://dict.leo.org/german-english/fiver
  12. Dusseldorf for a weekend trip

    No, the bars don't close at 10pm, they stay open until their normal closing times.
  13. Mailing medicine within EU countries.

    It's illegal to send prescription medication from one EU country to another - https://www.zoll.de/DE/Privatpersonen/Postsendungen-Internetbestellungen/Sendungen-innerhalb-der-EU/Einschraenkungen/Arzneimittel/arzneimittel_node.html   " Privatpersonen dürfen nach dem deutschen Arzneimittelrecht im Wege des Postversandes grundsätzlich keine Arzneimittel aus einem Mitgliedstaat der EU bestellen. "   I suppose there is a chance that you won't get caught but if you do then you will probably only end up with a fine if your friend only sends enough for a month or two as it will be obvious that it's for personal usage rather than for selling on to other people for profit.
  14. Good luck, provided you are able to submit the forms before the end of the year you should be able to get dual nationality.