I’m Taking The Jab

As I write, the United Kingdom has administered almost 4 million vaccinations in the battle against coronavirus. The current rate is 300,000 a day with the intention to ramp this up significantly in the days and weeks ahead as the government pledges to have delivered 15 million vaccinations of the elderly and clinically vulnerable members of society by mid-February. These priority groups account for the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 deaths.

This has been a massive undertaking and the logistical and strategic planning involved blows my tiny little mind. I’ve been critical of our political leaders and some of their decisions during the pandemic but, credit where it’s due, they seem to be pulling out all the stops to protect the population and prevent the virus from tightening its already vice-like grip on the country. People are pulling together and getting the job done. It’s inspiring and heart-warming.

I am personally invested in this as my daughter, Hannah, has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Fionnuala is also Type 2 diabetic and Hannah’s full-time carer. We are hoping that both will receive their vaccination in February. My mother, who is 78, should also be receiving notification soon to attend a health centre to receive her jab, with the follow-up second vaccination to be administered some 3-12 weeks later. It’s a race against time but, to me, the tide seems to be turning a little more every day in favour of the human race.

The vaccination will be offered, free of charge, to all. Nobody is being forced to take it but the medical and scientific advice, backed by evidence, is that the various vaccines are both safe and effective. It is also our primary tool in returning to some semblance of normality where we can all get back to living our lives we way we were before everything ground to a halt almost a year ago. To me it’s a no brainer and I’ll be knocking down the door when I get the call-up for my first jab.

The anti-vaccer brigade will, of course, never be convinced. Yes, people will have questions and concerns and have every right to raise these just as our top politicians, scientists and doctors have a duty to address them. But some of the outlandish and bizarre conspiracy theories currently doing the rounds on social media are both wildly inaccurate and incredibly dangerous. The trolls must be beaten back. Ignore, mute and block them. Conduct your own research and make your mind up. I have. I’m taking the jab.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

35 thoughts on “I’m Taking The Jab

  1. I do hope it all comes together quickly for you – it’s critical. The number of people who are against the vaccine blow my fuzzy little brain. One of my co-workers (we process the swabs for COVID testing) said she wouldn’t take the vaccine if offered. Do you know how hard it is to have your jaw hit the floor when wearing a mask? When it’s my turn, and that’s after the face to face essential workers, my sleeve will be rolled up.

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  2. Hooray Stephen! I am thrilled to read your encouragement from across the pond. I too have taken to the blog-o-sphere in hopes of encouraging others to get vaccinated. I realize that there are folks with real concerns about whether or not to get it, but for the majority of people I say trust the science and get the shot(s) for your fellow humans.
    Because of my work with the halfway house for recovering addicts and alcoholics, I am considered a front line person. I was offered and took the first shot 3 weeks ago and anticipate getting #2 one week form tomorrow.
    I had zero side-effects, not even a sore arm the next day. And seeing that no third eye has appeared and that none of my God-given appendages have fallen off, I deem the vaccination safe.
    I’m praying that the Black family stays healthy and safe during these times.

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  3. I’m fully jabbed. Got second jab on Saturday. That one was no joke. Ran a low grade temp and froze all day on Sunday. However that’s nothing compared to a vent and breathing tube. My husband was hoping this will make me want to clean and cook but sadly i did not have that side effect.
    Also if people would only realize your smart phone can track your every move and a vaccine not necessary. 😊

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  4. I’m taking the vaccine simply for those who are unable to take the vaccine – the immunocompromised and ones who are too sick. I’m taking it for myself and my family and for the hope that we can get back to normal. Someday.

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  5. Does anyone know what it is in the COVID shot? There are so many roomers about that. Side effects and what it does and can do more harm then good? Will it help? It’s like getting the flu shot…ppl still got sick. But by the time it gets to Canada maybe then I will think about it. I know I will do some research behind it all, before I allow someone to jab me in the arm.

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  6. Our rollout in Oz starts mid February – 5M in the first lot re frontline health workers and the elderly. Yes, the sensationalism etc has to stop – gives us all time to do what we need to do – sensibly. Here’s to the future…


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