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    PeteJF reacted to Ken Grubb in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    Good point, Fada. I'm very grateful to the people working on getting this pandemic under control, especially to those who developed these vaccines. And most of all to the healthcare workers who risk their lives treating the victims of the virus. When I think about that, I can't possibly consider wearing a mask and following the other rules as an inconvenience.
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    PeteJF reacted to Meral in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    I found this interesting : https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/pfizer-beats-back-variants-as-astrazeneca-receives-a-timely-boost-20210510-p57qj0.html
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Meral in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    I had my second dose of the Sinovac Corona Vac this morning.
    This is a traditional inactivated virus vaccine.
    No pain or soreness after the injection.
    This vaccine has shown efficacy rates between 50 percent and 90 percent in different studies, however it prevented hospitalisation and severe illness in 100% of cases. I suspect that the differing efficacy rates reported could be due to different varieties of the virus in different countries.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in What is the Procedure in Turkey for Paying an Overstay Fine at the Airport?   
    I overstayed my visa in 2017 (I forget by how long) the reason being that I had contracted the particularly bad influenza that was about then and ended up in hospital in Istanbul for a few days. I was out of hospital before I was due to return to the UK but the consultant managing my treatment said that I would not be fit enough to fly for about a month. He gave me a letter to show to the authorities at the airport to say that I had not been fit to fly. I did not have to pay any fines.
    I probably should have waited longer before flying as the lower pressure on the aircraft coupled with my still elevated  blood pressure caused severe migraines.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Meral in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    My step son said that he saw an item on the Turkish news that the authorities are considering adding a shot of another vaccine after six months for people who had the Sinovac CoronaVac.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Meral in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    I had my first COVID vaccination yesterday morning (9 April) no adverse effects noticed.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Fada in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    I had my first COVID vaccination yesterday morning (9 April) no adverse effects noticed.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    The clinic only needed my Turkish ID, the person who said to bring everything else was the same woman who gave the incorrect information about having to book my vaccination through the British Consulate. I think she was just being cautious and didn't want to cause any more delays.
    At the clinic one of the doctors was able to sort everything out quite quickly.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Fada in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    An update. We went to the clinic at half ten to be vaccinated, my wife was vaccinated but as I am not yet a Turkish citizen I was told that I had to contact the British consulate who would book register me with the e-nabiz site and book my appointment.
    This turned out to be a misunderstanding and that is not something the British consulate can do. I went to the e-Nabiz site but not having a Turkish national insurance number was unable to log in.
    We called our local clinic and were told to come in with my mobile phone Turkish ID, British Passport and they would register me with e-Nabiz using a temporary ID number.
    We did that, my stepson doing some translations and I was able to book a vaccination appointment for the morning of the ninth of April.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    An update. We went to the clinic at half ten to be vaccinated, my wife was vaccinated but as I am not yet a Turkish citizen I was told that I had to contact the British consulate who would book register me with the e-nabiz site and book my appointment.
    This turned out to be a misunderstanding and that is not something the British consulate can do. I went to the e-Nabiz site but not having a Turkish national insurance number was unable to log in.
    We called our local clinic and were told to come in with my mobile phone Turkish ID, British Passport and they would register me with e-Nabiz using a temporary ID number.
    We did that, my stepson doing some translations and I was able to book a vaccination appointment for the morning of the ninth of April.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    Both my wife and myself (both aged 61) were booked to be vaccinated this afternoon, 31 March, however when we got to the clinic we were told that they had not been provided with enough doses to cope with the demand. We were told they should be having a delivery tomorrow morning, but that we should phone first.
    We are in Antalya.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Fada in Covid 19 Vaccination in Turkey   
    Both my wife and myself (both aged 61) were booked to be vaccinated this afternoon, 31 March, however when we got to the clinic we were told that they had not been provided with enough doses to cope with the demand. We were told they should be having a delivery tomorrow morning, but that we should phone first.
    We are in Antalya.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in How to Get a Birth Certificate with an Apostille from England to Turkey   
    Thanks for that information. I will track my paperwork to be sure things are progressing. The person I spoke to last week at the Legalisation Office in Milton Keyne gave an estimated two weeks to get the Apostilled document back.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in How to Get a Birth Certificate with an Apostille from England to Turkey   
    I found that my birth certificate was not acceptable as it needs to be legalised/Apostilled.

    At first I thought that I could just order another verified copy from the registrar in England and have that Apostilled and sent to me in Turkey. However on talking to someone at the Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes there is apparently no procedure for the Registrar to send a copy of my birth certificate from Reading to Milton Keynes.

    I have to send my original certificate from Turkey to Milton Keynes where it will have an Apostille stamp applied and then sent back to me in Turkey by secure post. Cost of Apostille stamp £30.00 cost of return postage £25.00
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    PeteJF got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Now back in Antalya   
    Last week left our Mersin apartment on Thursday afternoon headed to our new place in  Antalya.  We drove half way and stopped at a hotel where there were only two other guests.
    On the way to Antalya we went past some of the biggest greenhouses I have seen - used for growing bananas.
    We arrived at Antalya on the Friday afternoon - to another hotel as our furniture and goods were not due to arrive at the new apartment until Saturday morning.

    The removal company decided that because access was limited they needed three more men to do the job so we paid for that.
    Everything was in and furniture assembled by late afternoon and we spent some hours unpacking. We also got the internet connected and air conditioning installed.

    Sunday was more unpacking and haircuts for me and the boys.
    We have been having takeaway food delivered as we don't yet have the gas connected.
    Sunday evening I listened to a lecture a friend was giving on Zoom "Listening to the Underverse: Gravitational-Wave Astronomy"
    My wife has ordered many curtains.
    It was rather hot over the weekend, reaching 41°C on Sunday, down to 37°C today, so we found that more air conditioning was needed, that has now been fitted.

    We have been sorting out out the natural gas supply and still need to as residents of Antalya. We have to complete our registration here as Antalya is a different province to Mersin, the process takes a few days, but once finished and we have our new ID cards I will be automatically registered with the Turkish state health system. As I am married to a Turkish citizen I qualify for free treatment, though I do have to pay for prescriptions.
    Still have lots of unpacking to do, but feeling rather exhausted..


     
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Coronavirus   
    COVID-19 update for March 22
    Total identified cases 1236 and total deaths 30
    Turkey seems to currently be coping better than the UK which has a total of 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 281 deaths.
       
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    PeteJF reacted to MEIzmir in Stranded in Turkey - Corovid-19   
    Some say Covid is not airborne. Uh, sort of... ever been in an elevator or a car or a crowded room when someone sneezed? Ever actually watch those droplets? They may not last very long in the air, but maybe long enough. Please wear a mask if you go out.
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases agrees:
    "Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci shares what makes COVID-19 so insidious, busts myths about the virus"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3jiM2FNR8
    There are things we can all continue to do to slow down the spread or "flatten the curve."
    Masks Save Lives
    You do not need one of the simple paper masks sold in pharmacies, large handkerchiefs or bandanas like cowboys wear can be a reusable, washable and tight-fitting mask. Wash in soap, bleach and hot water and use again. They have many other uses, including: sunshade, towel, compression bandage, water filter, hot pad.
    Excerpt from: "Essential Survival Gear: A Pro’s Guide to Your Most Practical and Portable Survival Kit:" 
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1493015273/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1?fbclid=IwAR0LuEJI-ksAH_gn042foxVmIaXnUbqnbTKfYMhwFePXA9OBVNWXGMU3c30 
    These sources make sense to me, if you have to go out, wear a mask, keep those droplets of coughs and sneezes to yourself, wash or, if paper, discard the mask upon returning so as to not infect others in the house.
    Universal mask-wearing is the most overlooked COVID-19 lifesaver
    https://www.maskssavelives.org/?fbclid=IwAR1iEyztBj1mWe_kcgBzyy8kC4GOEdwIFxkF9Knn8oUrP3CcExZ0zRHw9hc
    AND
    COVID-19: WHY WE SHOULD ALL WEAR MASKS — THERE IS NEW SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE
    https://medium.com/@Cancerwarrior/covid-19-why-we-should-all-wear-masks-there-is-new-scientific-rationale-280e08ceee71
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    PeteJF reacted to as012a2568 in Stranded in Turkey - Corovid-19   
    From which animal the Covid-19 came from has yet to be determined, but it is thought to have originated from bats. These infected bats could have passed the virus on to chickens or other animals that were sold at the Wuhan Market.
    Since the virus first emerged at the beginning of the year it has spread to nearly every country in the world. Currently more than 615,000 people are known to be infected and 28,000 deaths have been recorded, including 1,019 in the UK and 108 in Turkey. The total number of cases in Turkey now stands at around 7,400. It is pure speculation as to how bad it could be, no one really knows how big the pandemic could get. The disease has already taken hold in Europe, the United States and South East Asia and it is spreading to Africa and South America.
    Covid-19 is related to SARS, the virus which caused havoc in 2002 and 2003. It died out much more easily than Covid-19 will die out because Covid-19 is not so easy to control but the respiratory problems and risk of pneumonia that comes with it are already proving fatal to those at risk and even in some cases, healthy individuals.
    So, with countries on lock down what can we expect. Many large cities have seen panic buying, hospitals overflowing and a variety of decrees by governments trying to halt the spread of the disease so that the medical profession can cope with the large numbers affected. Whilst many people will only experience mild flu symptoms, around 20% of Covid-19 cases could be severe and the current death rate is estimated to be between 1 and 3.5 percent. The numbers are huge. 
    Here in Turkey the government has announced a series of measures designed to slow the virus. Schools have been closed and lessons are now beamed across the country by television. All sports events and large gatherings have been cancelled. All unnecessary shops, including restaurants, cafes, clubs, bars and shopping malls have been instructed to close until further notice and senior citizens over the age of 65 have been ordered to stay indoors with the threat of fine if they do not comply. The authorities have set up road blocks to check who is travelling and why they are travelling and the Jandarma, rural police units, are deployed to the villages to make sure that places remain closed and that the elderly stay indoors. The damage to industry, tourism and the economy in general is pretty much the same here as it is in Europe.
    Whilst supermarkets and market places, petrol stations and pharmacists remain open, the streets are very quiet and the towns and villages have an eerie atmosphere about them. We ventured out once this week to do some shopping and there was no sign of the panic buying experienced by others, our supermarket was nearly empty at a time when it would normally have been busy. There was no shortage of food either. The Turkish people are doing a great job of "Keep Calm and Carry On" There are many who wear face masks and surgical gloves but other than that there is no shortage of food or fuel.
    Today we here that the government has now ordered the first lock down in 12 locations in the Black Sea provinces of Rize and Trabzon. The curfew will commence tomorrow in some of the towns and villages most affected. Essentially, residents will be banned from leaving their homes except for emergencies and until further notice. All non-essential businesses are to shut down and there will be strict controls in place to make sure that people abide by the rules.
    Part of the problem in this particular region is that a large group of pilgrims were returning from Saudi Arabia to Rize. They entered the country with no health checks  in recent weeks to an area that has a large number of Arab tourists and people from Arab countries who have made their home here and become semi permanent residents.
    Even the road signs and shops display words in Turkish and Arabic, a clear indication as to the numbers involved. This strict curfew gives us an insight as to the alarming speed with which this virus can spread.
    Moving between cities will also be forbidden as from tomorrow. Parks and recreation centres will be closed to the public and even jogging and fishing are to be banned. The country has shut down all international flights for an indefinite period and even domestic transportation between cities is now subject to permission from local authorities. The land borders of Turkey have all but closed. So far, in Turkey, more than 210,000 private businesses have been shut down. Tourism, an important part of the economy of the nation is now in trouble and the already fragile economy is subject to even more upheaval for an unexpected and unpredictable period of time.
    As our cities and towns go quiet, the pollution clears, and the birds and animals breathe more easily. Is our human existence flawed and in jeopardy as a result of our own foolishness? As satellite images show once foggy cities now free from smog we have to ask ourselves, has it all been worth it? How selfish have we all been? Where do we go from here?
    Perhaps in these difficult times businesses will adapt and find new ways to function. Old jobs might change in their roles and application as we struggle to come to terms with what is happening around us. So what do we do now? We sit tight and follow the advice given by our governments. There will always be people who will bend the rules. There will be many who think that they are invincible and that this virus will not affect them. I had to smile as one village chief in Sivas put out an announcement over the tannoy to his village, he was clearly exasperated with people not listening to the advice given. Lets take a moment to listen to that.
    Wherever you live in the world, now is the time to look after your friends and relative and the wider community. Do not put them at risk. Stay at home and act responsibly and do you bit to make sure that you are looking after yourself too. Corovid-19 is a killer. Lots of people are going to die. As hospitals struggle to cope we must respect the advice given and the efforts of the professional services that are there to protect and care for us. Make sure that you do everything that you can to ensure that it isn't you and yours that are put at risk. Stay safe. 
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Meral in Coronavirus   
    COVID-19 update for March 22
    Total identified cases 1236 and total deaths 30
    Turkey seems to currently be coping better than the UK which has a total of 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 281 deaths.
       
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Meral in Coronavirus   
    COVID-19 update for March 21.
    In Turkey there are currently 947 known cases and 21 deaths.
    The Ministry of Interior today announced a curfew for those who are over the age 65 or chronically ill.
    That includes both me and my wife Zuhal as we both have asthma and hypertension.
    It was also stated that starting from midnight, restaurants and dinning places are to be closed to the public and are only allowed to offer home delivery and take away.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Meral in Coronavirus   
    Turkish government reports on the number of COVID-19 cases and number of deaths but not as far as I can see the location of the cases or deaths. As of Friday 20 March there were 670 identified cases and 9 deaths, with all deaths being pensioners. It is not officially confirmed but our taxi driver yesterday told us that two of the deaths were in Mersin (where I currently live) and were taxi drivers. This makes sense to me as many Turks who have taken retirement continue to work part time as taxi drivers.
    I will be taking a short online course on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 from The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from greenstein in Coronavirus   
    COVID-19 update for March 22
    Total identified cases 1236 and total deaths 30
    Turkey seems to currently be coping better than the UK which has a total of 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 281 deaths.
       
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Coronavirus   
    COVID-19 update for March 21.
    In Turkey there are currently 947 known cases and 21 deaths.
    The Ministry of Interior today announced a curfew for those who are over the age 65 or chronically ill.
    That includes both me and my wife Zuhal as we both have asthma and hypertension.
    It was also stated that starting from midnight, restaurants and dinning places are to be closed to the public and are only allowed to offer home delivery and take away.
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    PeteJF got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Coronavirus   
    Turkish government reports on the number of COVID-19 cases and number of deaths but not as far as I can see the location of the cases or deaths. As of Friday 20 March there were 670 identified cases and 9 deaths, with all deaths being pensioners. It is not officially confirmed but our taxi driver yesterday told us that two of the deaths were in Mersin (where I currently live) and were taxi drivers. This makes sense to me as many Turks who have taken retirement continue to work part time as taxi drivers.
    I will be taking a short online course on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 from The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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    PeteJF reacted to Cukurbagli in Coronavirus   
    I think we would be wise to assume community transmission has been going on for some time and to not relax our personal safety regimes Donna. If we are wrong it will only cause us minor inconvenience but if we are right.....?
    According to the Turkish press 25000 returned from Umrah but only 8000 were being tested. Not all of those tested will be confirmed with CV19 but it would be interesting to know the percentage who are because that could then be applied to the rest of the returners. As to how many there were carrying the virus but not showing any symptoms I suppose it is anyone's guess at the moment. Also, as Pete says, it would be helpful to know the location of the confirmed cases and deaths but I doubt that information will become public.
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