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1 hour ago, Paulines7 said:

My youngest son, who lives in Salisbury, had a letter to ring for an appointment yesterday. . . they offered the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth. He doesn't have a car. . . 

My eldest son, who lives in the centre of Southampton . . .  said that when he rang up for an appointment,  they offered him Salisbury!   It just doesn't make sense!

I agree that some decisions do appear to be illogical. My wife was sent 5 miles south out of town for her jabs, while I was sent 9 miles north out of town for mine. Neither of the vaccination centres are on bus routes yet a community centre adjacent to our surgery on the edge of town has remained unused throughout.

 

That said, I believe that the government have carried out a sterling service given that almost 50,000,000 doses have been administered so far with a 94% uptake for all over 50s. That's a staggering statistic in the time given the scale of the problem. Under the circumstances, I think I can forgive them a few local niggles.

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Double AZ jabbed and no side effects, same for my wife.

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Wife and myself had our second yesterday, AZ, achy arm today but no other effects.

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Our second ones are on Saturday, we had texts to remind us.

A couple of miles pleasant walk or slightly further in car depending on the weather.

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I've had both AZ jabs now with no side effects at all. Not even a sore arm, so I was well impressed. Our local surgery near Norwich has an excellent set up , so well organised with car park attendants, checking in people, and the whole process only took minutes. Its times like this when it makes you proud to be British and marvel at how lucky we are to have a National Health Service.  I take my hat off to all those involved and although there are issues, we must remember this is a pandemic like this country has not seen in our life time. I think as a Nation we have risen to the challenge with true British Bulldog spirit.

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Went for my second jab today. Away in the caravan in Bibury and had to go to my surgery in Yate. About 25 miles! Left allowing plenty of time as it was school clearing out time. Got to the surgery 25 minutes early! I apologised but was taken straight in. Jabbed. Told to sit in the car for ten minutes! Then straight back to the caravan for wine and supper!

Site we are on is Orchard CL, used to be called Greenacres CL.

Not the site it once was, but still ok!

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12 hours ago, Gordon said:

 

I agree that some decisions do appear to be illogical. My wife was sent 5 miles south out of town for her jabs, while I was sent 9 miles north out of town for mine. Neither of the vaccination centres are on bus routes yet a community centre adjacent to our surgery on the edge of town has remained unused throughout.

 

That said, I believe that the government have carried out a sterling service given that almost 50,000,000 doses have been administered so far with a 94% uptake for all over 50s. That's a staggering statistic in the time given the scale of the problem. Under the circumstances, I think I can forgive them a few local niggles.

 

Gordon, I think the people arranging the vaccinations assume that everyone has a car these days or can afford a taxi.

I agree with your second paragraph but would say that the NHS deserves the most praise because they organised the actual vaccinations of all these people.   A mammoth task for them.   I think the reason that my youngest son was offered his jab at the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth (both 43 miles away) is probably because the people manning the vaccination service probably don't live in the area and don't realise how far these places are from Salisbury.    However, my son rang another number this afternoon and they have arranged for him to have his vaccination in Salisbury tomorrow.   

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I think it is not the NHS organisation itself which deserves the praise, it is the people on the sharp end who have consistently gone above and beyond their job description to get things done, struggling with setting up hubs, arranging lists, coping with two separate systems (NHS and GP) and frequent failures of communication in the supply chain.

 

Talking to people who work at the sharp end, the reason we are getting vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as we are is because they have years of experience coping with the NHS "system" and finding ways to manage things that actually work - rather then the way things were set up for them.

 

I am very grateful for the NHS - but I am even more grateful for, and impressed by, the amazing people that work there and that have coped remarkably well with a situation that nobody has ever been in before.

 

 

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On 30/04/2021 at 03:18, Paulines7 said:

 

Gordon, I think the people arranging the vaccinations assume that everyone has a car these days or can afford a taxi.

I agree with your second paragraph but would say that the NHS deserves the most praise because they organised the actual vaccinations of all these people.   A mammoth task for them.   I think the reason that my youngest son was offered his jab at the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth (both 43 miles away) is probably because the people manning the vaccination service probably don't live in the area and don't realise how far these places are from Salisbury.    However, my son rang another number this afternoon and they have arranged for him to have his vaccination in Salisbury tomorrow.   

I tend to think that where people go is not necessarily a personal choice by medical staff, but rather an automated computer program bases solely upon straight line distance from the patient's address. Whatever the reason, the important thing is that vaccines are being administered free of charge throughout the UK to all that will accept them.

 

23 hours ago, 2seaside said:

I think it is not the NHS organisation itself which deserves the praise, it is the people on the sharp end who have consistently gone above and beyond their job description

I agree it is the medical staff that make up the NHS, and the same staff that in more normal times are under valued and have to contend with a sluggish administration.

 

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We have two vaccination hubs nearby. The larger one is located on an existing NHS site and serves the wider area. It is open everyday with bookings made via the main NHS booking service. They use Astra Zeneca.

The smaller one is located in a community centre and operates one or two days a week. It is jointly run by all the local GP surgeries. They have identified their clinically extremely vulnerable, clinically vulnerable and generally vulnerable plus housebound patients and the unpaid carers. They ring to invite you to both appointments (Pfizer vaccine) or to arrange home visits for the housebound (AZ). The day my wife (clinically vulnerable) and I (unpaid carer) attended the GP hub for the first dose we also received letters from the NHS inviting us to book an appointment at their hub online or by phone. Currently the GP hub second appointments are being brought forward by two weeks. We're hoping for a phone call next week for round 2.

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First OAZ jabs, both of us slightly hungover the next day, no worse than a night out.

 

Second jabs three days back, nothing at all this time.

 

Only difference with second serving was that we were told that if we were driving to wait 15 minutes, something to do with an adverse reaction somewhere.

 

Told not necessary to wait the 15 minutes when we had the first.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

 

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1 hour ago, Griff said:

Told not necessary to wait the 15 minutes when we had the first.

Our GP hub (Pfizer) has a socially distanced seated waiting area. After the vaccine you are told to wait there 15 minutes then take your form (issued on arrival) to the 'exit' desk to get the vaccine card issued (1st time) or updated (2nd time). There are always two doctors present just in case of a medical emergency.

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there seems to be a lot of different ways in which to get your appointment. Mine was very official , by letter, my OH was by phone each time,  My son, as soon as they said they were ready to do his group,  he went on line , made both appointments on a Friday at a place near where he works, so efficient. 

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13 minutes ago, joanie said:

there seems to be a lot of different ways in which to get your appointment. Mine was very official , by letter, my OH was by phone each time,  My son, as soon as they said they were ready to do his group,  he went on line , made both appointments on a Friday at a place near where he works, so efficient. 

 

Both my wife and i received texts with a link, when we booked the first appointment (available on the same day we got the text) we received confirmation of the appointment and a date and time for the second one too.

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I didn’t have any side effects from my to AZ jabs. I wouldn’t have minded in the slightest if I had. Better a minor side effect than full blown Covid. 

 

At least my “tracker nano chips”  are now active thanks to the stuff in the second jab energising them so the Govt will now know where I am.

 

Got to go now, having tea with Piers Corbyn and David Icke ;)

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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1 hour ago, Mr Plodd said:

Got to go now, having tea with Piers Corbyn and David Icke ;)

 ...who have probably had their jabs, on the quiet!

 

 

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We had our second vaccinations  today. It was busy but very well organised, you checked in and sat in distanced rows of seats until called through. We were there about 1.5 hours, no one complained!

The staff were very friendly and helpful, our thanks to them.

My wife knew the Health Visitor who checked her in from her last nursing job.

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First vaccines today for us - the AZ it turned out.

 

The check in chap told me I didn't look my age and the nurse giving me the jab said I had nice muscles. I don't think either are true, must be some kind of relaxation technique they use on people. 

 

A 35 minute drive for us, though there are nearer centres.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I finally got dates for my two jabs with Moderna yesterday, although I must admit I'm only getting it done to make travel a bit easier, not because I'm truly convinced.

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1 hour ago, Lutz said:

I finally got dates for my two jabs with Moderna yesterday, although I must admit I'm only getting it done to make travel a bit easier, not because I'm truly convinced.

 

Well you are in a pretty small minority of people if you are not convinced the jab works and saves lives. The data worldwide is overwhelmingly convincing. 

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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1 minute ago, Mr Plodd said:

 

Well you are in a pretty small minority of people if you are not convinced the jab works and saves lives. The data worldwide is overwhelmingly convincing. 

 

Indeed so and the home data showing that only a handful of people having had the second jab have been affected by Covid and they had additional issues makes good reading

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The vaccine is the only thing that may save us from this going on for years. I'm hoping we may be over it in about a year, but no guarantee we will be.

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I was chatting to a pal the other day and the subject of those who don’t believe the vaccine works came up. I thought is reply rather good. 

 

“It be must  be very  difficult to breath when your head is stuck in sand” ;)

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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1 hour ago, Lutz said:

I finally got dates for my two jabs with Moderna yesterday, although I must admit I'm only getting it done to make travel a bit easier, not because I'm truly convinced.

Doesn't matter, well done for booking them. If only the Moderna offered some anti-delusion effects... 

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1 hour ago, Mr Plodd said:

 

Well you are in a pretty small minority of people if you are not convinced the jab works and saves lives. The data worldwide is overwhelmingly convincing. 


I haven’t seen any data thar shows how much more effective vaccination is than lockdowns. Until I do I will continue my own lockdown regardless of any relaxation, so no eating out in restaurants or a drink in the pub for me for the next year.

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