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I've been jabbed!

Alberta56
Alberta56

Got a phone call at 8.30 this morning inviting me and 79 year old hubby to go for vaccine at local hospital this morning. Got there; the queue was horrendous. We had to wait for 45 minutes past our appointment times, but at least we've been done. So far no ill effects from the vaccine (Pfizer) not even a sore arm, but absolutely shattered when we got home, probably from standing for so long in the cold wind. There has been much moaning and groaning up till now about the lack of vaccine centres in the Braintree district, in spite of the fact that Covid rates in this area are very high. I imagine once they get their act together ,they will become more efficient.

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That’s good news Alberta. Shame about the long wait though. I hope Pete doesn’t have to wait too long on Friday when he has his jab.

Glad all good for you and hubby so far. Xxxx

Hidden
Hidden in reply to sassy59

Best of luck to Pete for Friday!

You will leave the centre wondering what all the fuss was over!

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Hidden

Thank you catgirl. I hope so. X

Alberta56
Alberta56 in reply to sassy59

Fingers crossed for Pete's jab. 🤞🤞🤞xxx

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Alberta56

Thank you Alberta. Xxx

Dedalus
Dedalus in reply to sassy59

As Pete's carer, will you be getting your jab at the same time sassy? xx

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Dedalus

No unfortunately I have to wait. Crazy but true. I’ve spoken to the receptionist and I’ve been registered as Pete’s carer (thank you Aingeful) but it makes no difference it seems.

Take care Dedalus. Xxxxx

Dedalus
Dedalus in reply to sassy59

That really is ridiculous sassy - especially as they're immunising the staff in the care homes at the same time as the residents, which is as it should be. I just hope you don't have too long to wait to get yours. Hope things go smoothly for Pete on Friday x

sassy59
sassy59 in reply to Dedalus

I agree Dedalus but that’s how it is. I hope Pete will be ok. You take care. Xxxx

Well done you! What worries me though is, I couldn't queue standing for 10 minutes let alone 45 and in a cold wind, not a chance! 😣. Hope you'll carry on feeling fine 😁

Alberta56
Alberta56 in reply to Annie31

The man in front of us in the queue had a shooting stick; two ladies further on had folding chairs. I'll know what to do when we go for the 2nd jab.

Annie31
Annie31 in reply to Alberta56

Take a picnic as well! Oops! no perhaps not you don't want to be issued with a fine do you?😜

Great that you could go together, company in the queue! Just shows its wise to dress warmly and take an 🌂 👏👏Congratulations.

It's good that you both got your vaccine but not good that you had to queue for so long in cold weather. I really don't think that that has been taken into consideration for many. I certainly could not have done that.

Hidden
Hidden in reply to CDPO16

At our doctors surgery they have ill patients who have been invited to the surgery for an appointment queuing outside in all weathers!

CDPO16
CDPO16 in reply to Hidden

You'd really expect a GP surgery to have a bit more thought.

Hidden
Hidden in reply to CDPO16

At the st woolos hospital near us in Newport they still have the waiting room but the seats are spaced out.

One morning I was on my walk and had walked past there and had seen the ill patients queuing outside.

CDPO16
CDPO16 in reply to Hidden

Not good, is it.

Dizzart
Dizzart in reply to CDPO16

Yes I agree fancy expecting vulnerable people to freeze standing outside as this could be one main reason apart from great distance for many to travel for a lot of people not having the jab.

CDPO16
CDPO16 in reply to Dizzart

My husband commented about the proposed 24 hour venues and who they are expecting to attend during the nigh. He wondered if it was realistic for elderly to be given a nightime appointment.

Dizzart
Dizzart in reply to CDPO16

I think it’s very very silly to expect any one over 65 to drive or even stay awake at night it’s obvious it’s some one young or very thoughtless as my 80 year old friend crashed in the dark st only 5.30 . Us oldies can’t see in the dark . We just wouldn’t go and stay safe till our local doctor or pharmacy could do us as they do with flue jabs.

CDPO16
CDPO16 in reply to Dizzart

I don't drive any more but have also been housebound for 6 months. I had a home visit for my flu vaccine but, so far, there has been nothing said about providing covid vaccine for housebound people.

Alberta56
Alberta56 in reply to CDPO16

There should be. One gets the impression that nothing is thought out and things are improvised / spur of the moment. I hope they improve.

Aww that’s good news! Glad you’re both feeling ok!

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Just hope I don't have to queue standing up ... start feeling really rough which steadily gets worse after 30 minutes

Glad you got your vaccine. Not easy in British winter climate to cope with mass vaccination and queues. Hope everything is easier as time goes on.

There seems to be a lack of common sense around. One of the reasons for them falling behind with appointments is that people turn up with enough clothing on to open a charity shop. It takes them for ever to bare an arm and then to another to put everything back again. Most over 80's have walking sticks with them which have clattered on the floor and have to be recovered. As people hear what a shamble it is they will wear even more clothes to withstand the cold weather! If a venue isn't large enough to provide undercover assistance with clothing then appointments need spreading thinner.

Dizzart
Dizzart in reply to Don-1931

Absolutely, if it’s cold dark or icy where we live it’s safer not to go .

CDPO16
CDPO16 in reply to Don-1931

As you say, Don, a great lack of common sense. I think it was in the Sheffield area last week that a large venue had opened to offer vaccines. They had built a long, quite steeply sloping ramp up to the entrance. One elderly lady was reported to have said as she struggled up the ramp "I'm 85, I'll be 86 when I get there". An amusing comment but I felt sorry for her difficulty in getting there.

Annie31
Annie31 in reply to CDPO16

Funnily enough my husband had a queue of people in stitches a while ago whilst waiting to get my prescription - he said he was a teenager when he arrived that morning!

Dizzart
Dizzart in reply to Don-1931

I have a “ cunning plan “ to quote Baldrick , stuff a hot water bottle down your neck and have a tighter waistband. I do that on cold nights at home so I can walk into the kitchen 😊 I shall do that for the jab 👍🏻

It’s worth the wait - everything can’t go to timings all the time - be grateful you received it!

Don-1931
Don-1931 in reply to Seapop-in20

Being grateful for bad service is not a good idea. My own experience was flawless so it can be done.

And they turn up early too!

Don-1931
Don-1931 in reply to Seapop-in20

You should be grateful that they did turn up!

It's amazing how much safer you feel once you've had it? We had proper timed appointments, I didnt have to wait at all. Our centre was extremely well organised!

Don-1931
Don-1931 in reply to Aingeful

So was mine, it shows that it is possible to get it right.

Maricopa
Maricopa in reply to Don-1931

When do you get the second vaccine ?

Aingeful
Aingeful in reply to Maricopa

I haven't got a second appointment yet. I hope it's not too long.

So pleased you have both been vaccinated x

Congratulations. I still waiting for the text message to come through. 👍👍

Good to hear the vaccine is getting around- pity about the wait - sounds awful Should be more organised though I think they are trying to jab as many as possible Pity they didn't think more about the wait in the awful weather and the age group concerned xx

I am just 70 and had mine last week at my doctors surgery. Very efficient, phoned me the night before, maybe no one else wanted the appointment as it was at 8am. I was just grateful to get it done. They had put out a few chairs for people who could not stand. It was raining hard but there was a canopy giving some shelter.

Dizzart
Dizzart in reply to joycen60

How lucky what a lovely doctors surgery you have 😊

Glad you had it and so efficiently.

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