[LMB] ListBiz: How is everyone doing?

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 17:09:47 BST 2021

No noticeable reaction, although I let on that there was:  "Oooh, wow, my
hand's melting!  Check out all those colors!  Faaar out, maaan..."

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 9:56 AM Katherine (Kathy) Collett <
kcollett at hamilton.edu> wrote:

> On Jun 8, 2021, at 8:35 AM, Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > my wife and I had Pfizer starting in late Jan, with second shot 3 weeks
> > later.
> >
> > I had only a sore arm for both shots, gone in a day.
> >
> > my wife had sore arm for first one, and after 2nd shot, the following day
> > with low grade fever and felt like c**p, again, gone by next day.
> Same, Pfizer, late January, early February, and my reaction sounds like
> yours (sore arm only) and my husband’s like your wife’s.  Though two weeks
> later I was very tired for several days, which I didn’t think at the time
> was related, but from what I’ve heard since might well have been.
> In upstate NY, if we’re vaccinated we don’t wear masks outdoors any more
> (unless in a crowd), nor indoors with other people we know are vaccinated.
> I do wear a mask indoors in shops (still required by most) and other places
> where I don’t know who’s vaccinated and who’s not.  I’m fairly relaxed
> about it most of the time, but more careful for two weeks before going to
> visit my unvaccinated grandchildren.
> We continue to wrestle with guidelines for our church (I’m junior warden
> currently, basically vice chair of the vestry) — but fortunately as an
> Episcopal church we are obliged to do what our bishop (well, the diocesan
> COVID task force) says, so we don’t have to make the tough decisions
> ourselves (though we have a Regathering Committee to work out how to apply
> the guidelines to our own parish).  The dilemma is how to reconcile “The
> Episcopal Church welcomes all” —  vaccinated, unvaccinated,
> immunocompromised, children, believers, unbelievers, etc. —  with safety
> for all (our diocese has had no cases of COVID traceable to a church
> service — largely because early last spring we went to remote, online
> services as much as possible).  Just in the last month we’ve started having
> monthly outdoor in-person services in a pavilion in the town park and at
> least one hybrid service — in person for some, live-streamed for others —
> every weekend, with the remainder of services still on zoom.  We have a
> maximum number of people allowed to register for the in-person services,
> based on size of the church building and distance required between
> individuals or household groups — with a few open spots for people who just
> show up.  Masks are required for all, but just last week the guidelines
> started allowing the priest and lay readers to take off their masks while
> reading or preaching at the pulpit or lectern.  But so far the number of
> people at the in-person services has been well below the allowable maximum
> and we still have most people attending on Zoom (in person, you can take
> communion but you can’t sing; at home on Zoom, you can sing (muted), but
> you can’t take communion).  For communion, the priest has been distributing
> the bread in little glassine envelopes, with no distribution of wine, but
> that’s changing — the diocese is inviting us to come up with creative
> solutions for safe distribution of wine, as long as it is all consecrated
> in one vessel.  (My thought is that the consecrated wine gets poured into a
> couple of flagons, then the lay Eucharistic ministers pour from the flagons
> into each person’s glass, teacup, coffee mug, wineglass, etc., for
> consumption. We have plenty of those in the parish hall kitchen, or people
> could bring their own from home).  Any other church-goers out there, have
> your churches come up with creative solutions?
> Katherine
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