Here things are a mess. Surprise, surprise, the Sinovac vaccine that most people here have gotten is not turning out to be so great. Apparently, it is doing something to keep people out of the hospital, although, STILL 37% of people in the ICU were fully vaccinated. There are only 196 ICU beds open in the country. Sinovac is proving to be even less useful with limiting transmission. 8,000 new cases a day in a country of 19 million is not good, considering that we are vaccinating at the rate of the US or UK.
Most of the country is still locked down all week or on weekends. We are on weekend lockdown, but with almost 500 active cases you can be sure we will be back to full lockdown soon. I have accepted it. Our authorities recognize that lockdowns don't work here but still use them.
They introduced a mobility pass for fully vaccinated people and then retracted most of the benefits it gave you four days later. Since we are kind of an island, a weekend lockdown municipality surrounded by full lockdown areas, it doesn't give much more mobility since it can't be used to go to fully locked down areas. That means we can't go to the nearest good supermarket or the home improvement store as we had planned because they are in another municipality in full lockdown.
Now, even an online newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party has recognized that only 50% of people that have gotten Sinovac have good levels of antibodies 6 months later. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1225472.shtm
. We started vaccinating in February. It's not looking good for the next few months as immunity goes down. Other countries that used Sinovac or Sinopharm are starting to give an extra dose of mRNA vaccines to strengthen protection. Bahrain and UAE are trying it and Uruguay is considering it. Our government wants to try a 3rd Sinovac dose, since that is going so well so far! I am sure the president has some sort of deal with the vaccine manufacturers.
My husband qualified for early vaccination due to his job. All that was available was Sinovac. He's not feeling like he has much protection at this point. I can't even convince him to get takeout food. Having Pfizer, I'd feel comfortable since it seems really low risk, but on some level, I do understand his concerns.