I’ve Had My First Jab

All clinically vulnerable persons in the 16-64 age bracket are now eligible for COVID vaccinations so our Hannah attended for her appointment this morning at the local vaccination centre. She was slightly nervous but also very excited as she has been effectively shielding for the best part of a year and been barely out of the house since the latest national lockdown began at Christmas time. All she wants to do is sit in her Granny’s kitchen again for a cup of tea and a good old natter.

As Hannah is only 17, Fionnuala escorted her into the vaccination centre. I waited in the car outside happily reading my Kindle until my mobile rang. It was Fionnuala saying we were both also eligible for vaccinations as her carers and to get my backside inside pronto. I jumped out of the car and hot footed it into the centre which was operating like a well-oiled machine. Before I knew it, I was in a booth being talked through the process by a very pleasant nurse.

The jab itself was painless. In fact, I had to check my arm to make sure it was over. I was then given a little appointment card saying when my second jab was due, 30 April, and guided to a separate area where I had to sit for 15 minutes prior to leaving. There were around 20 other people in the same area, all socially distanced of course. On a good day, this centre can vaccinate 1000 people. It was an incredibly well organised and hassle-free procedure.

From my very limited social media platform I would encourage everyone to avail of the vaccine when offered it. I’m fairly well read on the subject and had no concerns with regards either myself or my daughter receiving it. I trust the scientific and medical experts as opposed to the conspiracy theorists on Facebook and Twitter who seem to garner much of their data from the back of a cereal packet. The vaccine works just as social distancing and mask wearing works.

If you are one of these folk I’ll save you the time by saying now I won’t be replying to any of your comments or links should you feel like sharing them. I’m happy for civilised discussion but angry, poorly worded rants in capital letters are no longer accepted on this account. In other news, the earth is round, men did land on the mood and the world is not ruled by shape-shifting reptiles from another planet. Have a great day everyone.


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.

27 thoughts on “I’ve Had My First Jab

  1. That is great that you were able to get the vaccine! I just pre registered my mom for hers but we won’t hear back about it for several months!! So crazy. I need to get mine too but for right now I’m worried about my mom who was just recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease. With all her other health issues, she definitely needs to get it. My fear is that I’m going to bring COVID home to her. I work retail.


  2. Thank you Stephen for sharing your experience! I have had both my shots (Moderna) with zero side effects for either one. I too am encouraging everyone who can to get their shots when they become more readily available.

    As a matter of fact, Betsy and I just participated in the taping of a video to that same end. I’ll let you know where and when it hits the air. (you can be one of those who can say, “I knew him when.”)
    Blessings to the Black household,


  3. LOL great post!!! Congratulations on your first step to safety! We get our second shots tomorrow – for once, it’s great to be old! Happy to still be alive. Had a bunch of snow in Louisville, KY, and it’s still very cold – hate to say I like it, helps to try to make me relax a bit.


      1. Due to the catastrophic winter storm across 60% of USA they were unable to get their shots last Saturday. But good news~this Saturday they will! I’m not for sure when my turn will occur.


  4. I’m fully vaccinated. My first shot was sore arm. Second shot sore arm and felt like crap the next day. Totally worth it. I always advise people to try and be off the next day so they don’t have to call off work. I’m very excited that Bill Gates can track me. I mean my phone does anyway. He will find a lead a rather boring life. Bahaha. Congrats!!

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  5. I think of the saying “All that is required for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” You are doing the opposite and then some. You are providing well researched opinions, encouraging healthy discussion, and setting clear guidelines about what will not be tolerated.

    I appreciate your little corners of the internet, and learn much whenever I spend time here. 🙂


      1. I am very good thank you. New Zealand is still faring well, a few more cases popping up, just a very small few, to ensure we don’t take for granted meeting with friends and family in person. My book is taking on a life of its own as I move over the midway point of my first edit! It’s wonderful, hard work, and at times the right word seems lost forever in the ether, but chugging along every day.

        How is your next book going?


        1. Great to hear about your book. They often take on a life of their own during the writing process which I know is a good sign. Keep going. I’m currently editing and hope to have the book ready for beta readers by the end of March.

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