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I May Be Vaccinated and Hate Wearing Masks But I’ll Mask Up

I’ve come to the realization that being vaccinated made me too stubborn. It also, from an outsider perspective, probably made me look like a disrespectful jerk in a way.

Being unmasked even in 2021 seems to be a sign of disrespect. The mask is a major comfort zone for some. That is why even though I’m triple vaccinated and have (Thanks Be To God) not caught COVID, I’ll mask up again in various scenarios.

You won’t really catch me on the streets of NYC outdoors masked up, but on your local subway or even bus, I’ll mask up for the comfort of others. This all hit me about a week ago when someone on an elevator asked where my mask was. She too was vaccinated but did not want to take any chances . I respect that as Omicron is flying around the country and of course the media is making people panic about it!

Yet, this war over masks in my view has gone beyond what’s on TV. People that mask up are making a personal choice to stay safe . When you are not masked indoors around others especially on public transportation , I am starting to truly feel that not being masked is telling people their safety and worries don’t matter. I feel the only way to respect that choice is by masking up even if vaccinated in spaces like a subway, elevator or bus. Even a workspace where your colleague asks you to mask up. For me, masking up is and has never been conforming to what the government says, it’s been what you feel is best for yourself. I’ve seen many (myself included ) flout those loud public address announcements on the MTA, that’s how I know it’s become more of a personal choice.

Don’t get me wrong, I hope masks are gone in 2022. That will happen in God’s time, I know! By the way, we are not China where they are masked up due to horrible environmental conditions . Yet, I understand this pandemic has put the fear of God into people and those feelings of a safe commute must be respected . Especially if we want NYC to come back stronger together!

Adapting to That COVID Booster Shot Does Make Sense

When it first came out, I was curious why in the world yet another shot in the arm was being considered .

We all were made to believe that the Pfizer and Moderna two shots were the best option. Yet that belief was rattled for many when yet a third shot was discussed. Could the Delta Variant or the idea of a really bad strain of COVID be the reason why they were even discussing a booster shot?

WebMD lists the already needed booster shots for other diseases, so having a COVID booster shot is not something out of thin air (neither is this mandate by the way , remember as kids we were MANDATED to get our shots?) https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/vaccine-booster-shots)

There was a lot of talk about this as shots one and two were being administered, but why did the booster shot discussion disappear? It felt that the two shot approach was working! Yet here we are talking about how the vaccinated can still carry this virus . Here we are a year later with mask mandates on the table. Here we are a year later with the threat of lockdown once again hung over our heads. The booster shot could lead the way in eradicating all these measures!

I’m not a scientist , but i am following the data . Pfizer has released booster shot trials for different areas across the US, which you can find HERE (https://www.pfizer.com/science/find-a-trial/search/covid-19%20booster) What I had seen in a trial is a 100% anti-body strength one month after the booster dose was admitted. When time allots , I’ll be researching more and will feature on Alex Garrett Podcasting.

I also wanted to give you a quick glance at Moderna . Reports back in May suggested after 15 days , there was an immune response with the Moderna booster . (https://investors.modernatx.com/news-releases/news-release-details/moderna-announces-positive-initial-booster-data-against-sars-cov)

In further research there are a few countries that have now started adapting to the COVID third vaccine dose . Israel is administering the third dose (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/israel-begins-administering-3rd-covid-vaccine-dose-to-the-elderly/amp/) . I also saw that over 50 and those with high risks will be given a third dose in England.

Why doesn’t the CDC quit with mask mandates and trust the science of the COVID booster shot? Why not go that route instead of fear-mongering if so far Pfizer is showing success against the Delta Variant. (https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/07/28/health/pfizer-third-dose-data-bn/index.html)

To the US government: God has many hands working on these vaccines and optimizing the data you so love to shut us down with. Consider adapting to giving us this booster shot and stop continually putting us in fear daily, we cannot survive as a country in this frenzied state and the data shows it! Let’s adapt!

Alex Garrett Podcast Recap 5-22-21

WHAT YOU HEARD ON ALEX GARRETT PODCASTING THIS WEEK

This week on Alex Garrett Podcasting, Alex explored why the MTA feels the need to join the vaccination campaign and argued people should not be pressured into getting the vaccine, but told to get the vaxx when the feel comfortable! (https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-17-21-mtas-role-in-vaccinations-condem)

In addition, Alex talks about why Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo’s decisions to wait until July to fully open NYC is not good enough. With a limited supply of freedoms still hitting New Yorkers, Alex says re-opening must be demanded for earlier lifting of COVID restrictions. We are at under one percent of COVID positivity this week and four states have recently reported ZERO covid deaths on a given day. Hear all about it! https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-21-21-demanding-ny-leadership-for-supp

GUESTS THAT JOINED ALEX GARRETT PODCASTING THIS WEEK

Adapting With Alex Garrett welcomes back Pacific Legal Foundation‘s Daniel Ortner to discuss how PLF is taking the fight to re-open off Broadway productions into their own hands! As CDC guidance becomes adopted, how do we ADAPT? https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-18-21-pacific-legal-attorney-daniel-or

Also this week, Adapting with Alex Garrett looks at how introspection and taking a look at one’s self can help us as we all adapt to post-COVID life! Dr. Joseph Cardillo encourages ATTENTION as we head out of the pandemic with his book, ‘The 12 Rules of Attention: How to Avoid Screw-Ups, Free Up Headspace, Do More and Be More at Work’. In addition, Paul N. Larsen discusses encourages us to embrace the imposter syndrome.

Keep Your eye out for more from Alex and contact him at Alex@AlexGNYC.com!

I’m Vaccinated, But I Won’t Bully Those Who Aren’t Vaccinated !

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This was a joyous moment! The whole process of being vaccinated was in a sense magical. Two weeks ago, I completed the final dose of Pfizer thanks to NYC Health and Hospitals+ ! Hence I am fully vaccinated! Or so I thought , I’ll get to that in a bit.

However, the walk-in process felt special and right now, walk-in appointments are available if you so desire to become vaccinated! (http://on.nyc.gov/walkupvax)

I utilize this platform to simply encourage , not judge you if you don’t want to get a vaccine due to health concerns and the news surrounding after-effects. Trust me, I was nervous of side-effects of vaccine two as well. I also don’t believe in threats against resuming society if not every person is vaccinated.

Not every person gets the flu vaccine, and they have that right , why not the right in this instance as well as COVID cases decline?

My journey of what I believed is considered fully vaccinated feels exciting moving forward. Will we really need a third shot? Will I get that third shot if so? Time will tell. For now, I’m excited to just get back to the ballyard for baseball this summer . Excited to roll around the city a little more carefree than before and just enjoy a BETTER normal in our city, NEW YORK CITY. Let’s bring it back baby!

I just hope that America is not held hostage by the idea of the vaccine. We have freedoms in this country and thank GOD we haven’t mandated legislatively this vaccine. Yet, the pressures told to us that we can’t get back to normal unless we all get vaccinated is such a pressure campaign, it disheartens me.

The Oscars had everyone vaccinated, but why aren’t these stars doing ANYTHING to ease the distrust some of America still has? The President and the VP got the vaccine on CAMERA, yet they too don’t encourage us to get the vaccine , only threatening us if we don’t get that shot in the arm!

So if pressuring and bullying is what our leaders will resort to, I say just let us live! Heck, let us be vaxxed if so desired and enjoy those benefits. But, most importantly let us be adults in the room, Americans CAN handle themselves!

How Texas Is Adapting To Arctic Cold With Help From Homeland Security And IAVM

Take a listen to my latest conversation with Homeland Security Sub-sector Councilman and IAVM ‘s Mark Herrera.

Mark and IAVM is leading the charge to keep everyone safe as Texas finally begins to thaw out! Find out more about IAVM (IAVM)

Listen to my conversation with Mark Herrera here!

IAVM’s Mark Herrera Joins Alex

A Stimulus For Who?

Last night, President Trump authorized a $900 BILLION stimulus. The most incredible thing is, we only will see 600 bucks weekly of this pork belly bill!

I am getting tired of either side using American lives as leverage to fill coffers of foreign countries and institutions that may not always look out for the USA.

The tragedy of it all, is that President Trump had no choice at all but to sign it after even the GOP denied the 2,000 dollar measure for Americans .

Government needs to make sure these packages are for Americans, and let us be at ease! We should not be asking just WHO is gaining a stimulus from OUR own government!

UPDATE 1 6:41 PM EST 12/28/20: House approves measure for 2,000 dollar checks for Americans!

Blood Doesn’t Lie

Today’s blog is partial transcript of my podcast on vaccines AND anti-body tests. You can listen to the full episode here (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42422404)

Transcript from 12/10/20:

We are talking an awful lot about COVID testing every day. You know what we could also be talking about? Getting your antibody test. If we found out people have had it more than we know, then you can open places it up. Say, “Yeah, they’ve had it. This restaurant’s servers, employees didn’t know it, but they had it so we can open up and we can make it safe.”

No one’s pushing really to get the antibodies test. No one’s even really giving stats about that. Why? Because if we know who has antibodies and who doesn’t and the percentages, I think we can gauge that possibly more so than the test itself. You know why? They take a blood test for that antibody test, and do you know, blood does not lie? Blood is what’s in here. It’s science. That is a science, what’s in our veins.

I read a couple of days ago, the Kansas City Chiefs had “Seven false positives.” So in essence, what is the testing doing? Is it accurate or not? So why don’t we switch from mandating vaccines, switch from stressing the COVID test itself, and start encouraging people to give that little blood to find out if you have an antibody. Because there are 50% of Americans comfortable taking this vaccine, while 50% do not want to take it.

If you say, “Hey, we’ve done all these blood samples, okay, and we know who has the antibodies and who doesn’t.” And if they don’t, just keep them safe, but if they do, of course, give a warning, “Hey, you can get it again.” But don’t be too alarmed if you’ve already had the antibodies.

At one point in Connecticut, 5% of the population had antibodies at one point. You take a whole swath, the 167,000 people, which was what they did, and you say, “Hey, look, these people, this group has antibodies.” I really believe in getting the anti-body test, because if I had it, I would want to know. Wouldn’t you? If you had it and you didn’t know, but you were asymptomatic? Go out and get your antibody test.

I’m just thinking we are banking too much on the glory of these vaccines. As great as it is that we’ve got treatments that should be utilized, should not be talked down, let’s also think of the alternatives for the 50% that don’t want. And the 50% that don’t want it, take your antibody tests now then. Let’s see if you have COVID. Look, if 50% of America has antibodies, we can reopen up a lot faster than slower, and that’s Just a fact. And as I said, these swabs, I don’t know, may not be accurate enough. But you talk about science, Governor Cuomo, you’re talking about science, Mayor de Blasio, you talk about data.

I want to know what’s in the bloodstream now. I am very curious. Because if we inject something into our bloodstream that makes us tired, lethargic, if you have allergies, you’re going to get it worse, apparently, the side effects. Then let’s see what’s in the bloodstream first before injecting this in our bloodstream. I know I’ve been clapping a lot last couple days, but I’m just very passionate about this because I do not want to see our country continue to close down simply on one set of stats anymore.

It shouldn’t be, especially when we can have data that says, “Hey, you know what? This vaccine is working, but you know what else? People have naturally gotten over this and we see that in the antibody test.” Why aren’t you promoting that more, medical community? Why is the COVID test the answer for everything? When we’re seeing negatives one day, positives another and then whatever. It seems the most reliable thing to do is just check our actual blood so that we can save the blood, sweat, and tears that go into every business and every person’s life in America. By tapping into our bloodstream either with a safe vaccine or anti-body test, we can save the life blood of America. So let’s do it.

A Prayer For Holiday Re-Organization

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Dear Lord,

This holiday season, continue to bless all of our beautiful homes as many look to re-organize their lives and homes for this very different Holiday season. With those who still are in their ‘childhood rooms’ may they be encouraged by you to continue to push their rooms out of childhood and into adulthood with your guidance.

While it has been a really tough year, may the spirit of the season wash over our country with your Hands and bring us light and bring us out of the deathly tolls we have seen. May the advancements of treatments be accepted and applauded, as scientists you have put on this Earth are working around the clock to destroy COVID-19.

Continue to help families clear negative energy from our homes this beautiful season of Christmas in 2020 as we look for your help in preparing the way of the Lord. May the world feel YOUR cleaning out of negativity day in and day out.

Always working to be on our path you set out for all of us!

Thanks Be To God!

Here Is A New Award Category

How many times do we want to throw a dart at the employee of the month plaque because it was not us?

How many times have we all been on edge wondering who would take home the coveted Best Picture or Best Album Award?

In school, those award ceremonies always had a sentimental and accomplished feeling to it, and now they like the rest of the planet should add a new category!

‘And the winner for most COVID-negative tests go to….’

God Brings Us Closer to Spirituality Through Loss and Life!

Originally published on Medium : https://medium.com/@AlexGInNYC/god-brings-us-closer-to-spirituality-through-loss-and-life-7a5cd0d95ff0

In 2020, there is NO DOUBT we have suffered so much loss. We’ve lost physical loved ones and we’ve lost our way spiritually. Or have we?

Maybe I’m on the only one who feels this trend but when so much loss has been going on , we tend to say that our loved ones’ spirits are with us. That DOES bring us closer to some form of spirituality ! In 2020, is it possible God is bringing us closer to spirituality through loss moreso than we realize?

In a year of death, destruction and yes plague, I am starting to see His role in this. I believe He is preventing loss as much as he can through the hands of the amazing healthcare workers and first responders (cops included!) and their hard works. A shout out also to those psychologists who stay by their phone to handle the emotional toll of what this time has brought for all!

God’s end game with this pandemic is feeling more like a call to become more spiritual and at ONE with ourselves and each other! I don’t think we can mourn too many passings and say ‘we will continue their legacy and their spirit is with us’ and not truly feel called to adapt their vital spirits that kept us going for many years! Yet, maybe we should work harder to carry on the spirits of those before us, and not just say how beautiful it is they remain with us in spirit!

I do think the gratitude streak in us has been activated this whole time, and now it’s time to be at one with people while they are standing right in front of us! It is one thing to say how incredible someone WAS, but why not enjoy the spirit of someone right next to you ; standing next to you; surviving this pandemic with you! Why tear them down when you can say ‘ya know I love being around that person’s spirit’ and not think of it as a burden or joke to be around!

God is giving us this ability to become more spiritual in loss, but I argue let’s also become more spiritual in LIFE! That’s what it is about !

I expanded more on this on a recent podcast ! Take a listen and talk soon! https://www.spreaker.com/episode/41052235