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.