Good to hear that. 40+ miles away is nothing.\n\nIt seems like more & more people are getting vaccinated. Even in Texas ;).\n\nAnd there is more & more good news about how very effective these vaccines are. Most of the reports I've seen are about the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, but I've heard nothing to suggest that the J&J or AstraZeneca vaccines are really any less effective. That AZ vaccine is not yet available in the USA, but it has been widely used elsewhere.\n\nAt this point, we know that nearly all people vaccinated with either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccines do not get infected at all for at least 4 months after their vaccinations. This includes symptom-less infections that we knew people got before vaccinations were available. As time passes, we'll know more about how long these vaccines are effective. I believe similar data about the AZ vaccine is available in the UK, but I'm not familiar with it.\n\nI have an appointment to get my first shot of the AZ vaccine...but it's May 5th. \n\nMeanwhile, over the past six weeks, the running average of new cases in Canada has doubled, from 3000\/day to 6000\/day. And, the B117 and P1 variants are rapidly displacing the original virus. The daily average of new cases in Nova Scotia has also doubled - fortunately that's from just 2 to 4. I believe the Atlantic provinces' policy of compulsory 2-week self-isolation for people entering from outside the region has really been the big difference. The overwhelming majority of cases have been people who have travelled outside the province, or close contacts of travelers, resulting in practically no community spread. The rising numbers of new variant cases across the country are concerning though. It just increases the possibility of numbers getting out of hand here, as well.