About a month ago I received a letter from the NHS which said they had sent me this letter as experts recommend that people in my age group should be the first to receive the free NHS coronavirus vaccine, this is because evidence shows that risk of serious illness due to coronavirus increases with age.

It continued that I have a choice of places to be vaccinated, by my GP services who will contact me directly, if they haven’t already, or at a vaccination centre and the letter would show me how to book an appointment should I choose the latter option.

Should I prefer to be vaccinated through my local GP services I should ignore the letter and all I would need to do is to wait for my GP services to contact me which, if they haven’t already, will be soon.

As time passed and it was getting on for a month since the arrival of the letter, I decided to look on line to look at the option of going to the vaccination centre which it said was 13 miles away, however in the small print it said, as the crow flies.

Having checked Google maps it turns out the vaccination centre is actually 23 miles away and was at a large venue which I was reluctant to visit, even though I have had Covid-19 and I assume I may have some antibodies to protect me I understand that you can still catch it again so decided to once again wait for my local doctors’ surgery.

I met a friend of mine in our local post office this week who said she had her vaccine some time ago, although she has underlying heath issues which may have bumped her up the queue and another friend of mine who is younger than I am who lives in the next County has also had his and it was at the local hospital in a small out building with virtually no waiting time and sounded very civilised.

Now I don’t want to sound like a whinging old man, but I am and knowing of people who live in London in their twenties who have also had their vaccine I am getting a little fed up with what feels like people jumping the queue.

At the moment I am a mere 69 years old and will not be 70 until April when I sincerely hope I will finally be old enough to get my vaccine, we live in hopes! 

I am not criticising The Government in any way for I feel they have done a splendid job under the circumstances and I find it quite annoying when someone from the opposition turns up and says, “what you should have done is…..” any bloody idiot can say what to do after the event.

I’m sure in the near future I will get my vaccine, they say patients is a virtue.

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. Tony says:

    I too got the letter which advised the same as yours. I waited a couple of days and then looked on the Dr’s website only to read that were not giving the vaccine at that time. I then booked a jab at the nearest vaccination centre. The following day I got a txt from the Dr’s giving me a date to have the jab there. My wife got the same thing. So much for a joined-up National Health Service. Can’t fault the staff though.

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