Prior to the Taliban gaining nearly every territory in Afghanistan, there was one major thing the Pentagon wanted all of America to know : a mandated vaccination! Required to serve in our US Military!
What cuts me to the core is this idea the Pentagon would be more concerned about the shot in the arm over , I don’t know, protecting a region until we fully could leave ! If the focus wasn’t on vaccination, I do believe the Pentagon would have been on the ball to prevent multiple detonations at Kabul Airport by our enemy. Why our military is meddling in this political game instead of defending our service men and women is beyond me.
If focus was truly on the Intel received about Taliban’s move to control Afghanistan , I believe 13 US service-members would be alive today! Instead, they wanted to make sure everyone knew soldiers were somehow safer with a shot in the arm over actual protection on the battlefield. It’s another example of how COVID has distracted from other real issues this country and it’s citizenry faces.
Not preparing our military for warfare but making sure they get the jab, is beyond infuriating. It’s like people being told to not go to the hospital for things like a heart attack or worse, because COVID was the end all be all for healthcare. I’m very concerned about the botched exit from Afghanistan and even more concerned that the military seems stumped how to solve the crisis.
I write this as someone who has been vaccinated and I support the vaccine efforts. Yet, for the Pentagon to be so pompous about the shot in the arm , and so scared about combating actual warfare and sieges, it does raise a cause for concern . We must vaccinate and also prevent the enemy from detonating an IED or bomb that could kill more US service members and the Afghani people!
Alex Garrett Podcasting talks about adapting to a dollar that has lost its value due to inflation. I discuss the idea that ridding us of this $3.5 Trillion infrastructure bill will help level off inflation!
Jason Van Camp, former Green Beret and Chairman of Mission Six Zero, breaks down the problems our military is seeing in Afghanistan as we leave .
Leading off the podcast, I discuss how New York State will adapt to a Governor Cuomo-less Albany!
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Find out about the journey his first book, ‘Heart of Steel’, has taken into motion picture development as well as how this pandemic and vaccine push relates to award-winning ‘White Skies , Black Mingo’!
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.
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!
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
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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!
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!
You wouldn’t know there were 100 million vaccines have been administered in America. Yet, President Biden said just that yesterday , but the urgency to open this country certainly is lacking .
In fact, the incredible insanity is the discussion of another lockdown ! What? Aren’t these vaccinations around to prevent another lockdown? To build an immune American again?
We see America reaching 100 million vaccines yet still being compared to places like Italy where cases are climbing again? What is the point of celebrating 100 million vaccines then? Just to say it?
As I said on my recent podcast, people will start asking why we still are at under 100% capacity if 100 million are now immune a year later? Where is the sense in that?
Our small businesses don’t have time to waste President Biden and NY Gov. Cuomo/ CA Gov. Newsom! They don’t! Americans cannot afford to wait for your decision of when to let us out from under your thumb . By waiting until June or July to ramp up to 100%, you effectively continue the death of America as we know it while celebrating 100 million vaccines given to Americans.
The CDC is continually shifting its guidelines, but the most I’ve seen is social distanced school openings and people who are vaccinated can congregate without wearing a mask. I haven’t seen anything else major they have done to move this country forward. I used to celebrate when the CDC relaxed guidelines, but now I say big whoop!
For nearly a year, I’ve also heard how much the science is telling us these measures have been necessary every step of the way, even the gradual reopenings. Vaccinations are the most progress made in this battle against COVID thanks to scientists working with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca to develop these vaccines in rapid speed. Of course, the rapid speed is thanks to Operation Warpspeed, an initiative of former President Trump.
Yet, with all this progress , it appears we will continue to sit on our hands as a country and as a state even as the numbers of vaccinated rise. Should that pattern continue, I’ll really start asking ‘Now What, America?’
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.