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.