Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/15/2021
The vaccine follies have begun! I’m impressed that the vaccines have become available so fast, at least in my perception, and that they are apparently very efficacious. However, I feel as though I’m trying to get into a very popular ride in Disneyland. (When Disney used to sell tickets for ride admission, and someone asked my wife what it was like to live with me, she said, “He’s a D ticket.” I pointed out later that the highest value Disney ticket was an E-ticket. “What’s your point?” she asked.)
Aside from the outright cheaters, like the board of directors at Rhode Island Hospital, who you’d think were performing surgery themselves in the board room, and the ineptitude (vaccines being discarded because too many were opened for a particular use), and technology interfaces that appear to be out of Radio Shack’s Color Computer, there is a tragi-comic error in judgment. Over 90% of Covid deaths in Rhode Island occurred in people over 60. Yet these people are not in the front of the line. I understand first responders and hospital staff, God bless them all, but why not get these older folks vaccinated rapidly?
The politicians are engaged in endless echolalia. The governor here (cum-Secretary of Commerce) actually had the chutzpah to say, “I know you’re all unhappy with the speed of vaccination, but our strategy is working.” What strategy could that possibly be??? If it’s not to save lives, then you’ve lost me.
In any case, I’m scheduled for my first shot tonight. Walgreens has finally determined that I exist, after I used one of my other email addresses. (I have several email addresses, and I have Apple TV, Direct TV, and cable TV, because I’m basically a New Yorker and believe that quality resides in redundancy.) If, indeed, I receive it (a client in Missouri had traveled out of state, waited patiently in line, and was told they changed the rules while she was in line—you see what I mean?) then I’ll report back next week.
Oh, and I have to go to Massachusetts, which must be our governor’s “strategy” here in Rhode Island.
You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.
Bureaucracy is the triumph of means over ends.