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David SL

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    Caravans, boats, walking, cycling, gardening, wildlife and conservation.
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    BMW 530D Touring
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Swift Siena 2
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  1. The following is copied from a publication released on 3rd Feb:- ''What if I have already received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine? It has not yet been determined how effective Oxford-AstraZeneca is in combating the South African variant or the new UK mutated strain. However, scientists have previously stated that people should receive two doses of the same brand of vaccine, as there is not enough information about the percentage of effectiveness achieved when doses of different brands are used. It is not yet known whether a third dose of Pfizer will be required to boost immunity against the new South African variant. All companies are now working to determine their effectiveness against new strains.
  2. It's the new variants that worry me. I'm now waiting for my second AZ jab, but AZ are already working on a 'tweaked' vaccine to combat the African and Brazilian ones ...supposedly out in the Autumn. This suggests there is some doubt that the one I've had will be sufficiently effective to combat the new ones, even after a second dose. For me a worst case scenario would be a 'whack a mole' approach where we are constantly behind the curve playing catchup on new vaccines for new variants. Nowt we can do so just have to keep calm and carry on with fingers crossed.
  3. Like most people I've received many vaccinations since childhood and never given it a second thought. I had my flu jab last year and asked for the optional pneumonia one as well. I was therefore patiently awaiting my Covid jab like countless others. A few days ago I received an email from someone I hadn't heard from for several years and during an exchange of messages I was casually asked if I was accepting the Covid jab. Upon confirming that I was, I was subjected to what I can only refer to as spamming abuse; it starting with being called a sheep, followed by forwarded 'fearmongering' video links and newspaper clips. Questions like ''Have you not heard about Dr Michael Yeadon ex Chief Scientific Officer at Pfizer? or Prof Dolores Cahill the eminent virologist who states that the mRNA vaccine could prove fatal. Then there's Dr Vernon Coleman who believes that vaccines are already secretly killing thousands.'' Out of interest I looked these names up and found most were discredited anti-vaxers and conspiracy theorists, but the Youtube videos I admit to watching were really quite alarming. I'm not going to post any links because I don't want to propogate the distorted information. All I would like to say is that it is not suprising that many people are worried about the Covid jab with this sort of thing peddled ad nauseum on the internet like some sort of gospel. I soon realised further dialogue was pointless as any questioning of the narrative was instantly rubbished. I ended the exchange rather abruptly. I had my Astra jab yesterday with no side effects at all so far!
  4. Seems every Tom, Dick and Harry is called David these days. There's a lot of us about!
  5. Please remember that the majority of contributors on ST are normal caravan enthusiasts and it was definitely only a few who seemed to delight in causing trouble. That said, many of the contoversial 'off topic' posts did attract the largest responses, so perversely some people might even have found the childish bickering at least slightly 'entertaining'. From my viewpoint ST is/was a great source of information and advice on the Swift marque and often provided solutions to problems promptly, without having to contact a dealer or Swift. I shall definitely miss it.
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