[Tagging] RFC: vaccination / COVID-19 vaccination centres

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 15:28:14 UTC 2020

Well, mass testing did not stop the virus anywhere, it just costs a lot,
drives people to despair and boosts the numbers. Anyway, as soon as
vaccination becomes common practice, COVID-19 is just another virus
disease  you can get vaccinated against in a regular way, same as others.
All the special facilities will disappear. OSM-forums will carry on the
debate whether they should be tagged as historic or abandoned until the
next pandemic.

Peter Elderson

Op do 26 nov. 2020 om 15:59 schreef Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com>:

> On Thu, 26 Nov 2020 at 02:35, stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:
>> I'm in California, where it's almost cliché we love our cars and car
>> culture, but it is true that not only here but in many USA states, we have
>> "drive-thru" COVID-19 testing centers.
> In the UK we don't have much of a drive-thru anything except maybe some
> fast-food outlets of American origin.  Yet all the covid-19 testing
> centres I'm
> aware of are strictly drive-thru.  As in you're not allowed to turn up on
> foot,
> because if you're infected you may pass it on to other pedestrians you walk
> near.  And they're drive-thru because the swabs are taken in the open.
> The swabs are taken in the open because there is far less risk of
> transmission outdoors than indoors.
>>   I would guess that vaccination centers that are also "drive-thru" are
>> likely soon (early 2021?), too.
> The same reasons that make the test centres drive-thru apply to
> vaccination centres.  Eventually, when we have herd immunity
> (one way or another) indoor vaccination may be feasible (but
> probably undesirable).  The health workers will be vaccinated
> first so they won't be at risk either way, but these places will
> be handling large numbers of people and having them all wait
> indoors is a good way of infecting lots of people.
>>   These being mapped with "indefinite duration" seems a bit much (sorry,
>> Brian), but they are usually more of a "pop-up" kind of thing:  one-time or
>> "only on Saturdays" or something like that.
> There is a temporary, short-duration, won't be there for long, test centre
> just
> popped up in my town because a couple of weeks ago some idiots decided
> to celebrate the end of firebreak restrictions by going to the pubs and
> ignoring social distancing completely.  Fifty-five cases came of that, and
> three hundred contacts have been traced.  I expect it to go away in a few
> weeks if the outbreak gets under control.  I'm not confident the outbreak
> will be under control very soon because a lot of the celebrants were
> shop workers.
> But as well as that pop-up test centre because of the sudden surge, there
> is an existing test centre.  That's based at the leisure centre that was
> converted to an emergency overflow hospital several months ago. I only
> found out the test centre was there a few days ago because we try to
> keep their locations secret, so I probably won't map it.
> Vaccination centres are going to handle more people than test centres
> do because nearly the entire population will have to be vaccinated but
> only a very small fraction of the population is tested (we ought to be
> testing everyone at least once a week, but my country's government
> is somewhat incompetent).
> --
> Paul
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