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.
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.
Oddly enough my wife has just received her latter today and she suggested going on line and booking, if we could get times together it would be worth the trip to the vaccination centre, we will check it out tomorrow.