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Hi All

 

I'm not long back from my first jab in a local shopping centre here in Medway.  Credit were its due the staff were fantastic great fun simple enough procedure and in and out in about 15 minutes very impressed. 

 

My GP also offered me a jab so even with a lot gripes about things this past year, I feel thankfully that this is one thing we've got right unlike other countries especially  when looking towards older elderly sick family members across the water. 

 

Looking forward to the pain in the arm tomorrow 🤣

 

Stay safe everyone

 

E.

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Had my 2nd Pfizer this afternoon. Very well organised. The lad who jabbed me was wearing bottle green scrubs so i asked him if he was a vet. Fortunately he saw the funny side of it! He was a 2nd yr med student and said he was really enjoying doing the vaccinations as it was good for his people skills. 

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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23 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

Ah, computer networks. Wonderful, if they are used properly.

 

John.

The NHS site has bugs. The first time I logged in it wanted to send me to Basingstoke - which would have been OK. All it needed for me to do was select a "time". Except it didn't show any times. And when I tried to progress to the next step, it told me off for not selecting a time - and then told me I had missed two appointments 🤪.

 

When I came out of the site and went back in again a couple of minutes later, the Basingstoke option had disappeared and it now wanted to send me to vaccination centres over 30 miles away, which I wasn't willing to do.

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I received a text from our local hospital today. All I need to do to read it is enter my log in. I don't have a log for them. Doh!

TBH it's probably about my progress appointment with a surgeon next Tuesday. Which a nice lady rang and told me about yesterday.

Left hand. Right Hand?

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There are essentially two systems in use - one a centralised version using the NHS website/phoning the NHS number (119) and the other is contact from your GP Surgery.

 

I think both systems are working pretty well (despite some bugs on the NHS booking website), but you need to be prepared to go a bit further afield for your jab if booking direct through the NHS.

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First dose of the AZ this morning. Slightly stiff arm. Wife is feeling a little under the weather.

No "I've been brave" sticker though.

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Madam’s first AZ jab this AM by over enthusiastic volunteer.  JAB!. Headache and fever in evening.  Stayed in bed Friday with pounding headache, fever and sore arm.  Better today.

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Took mrs fatfingers to Elland Rd Stadium for her first dose of AZ this morning. She was in and out in 20 mins and said it was a little bit overwhelming but all very well organised. No side effects for her yet other than the jab site feeling a bit sore. She even got a sticker but it got blown off her coat when she came out... most dissapointed she was 😀. Nurse who jabbed her advised she wait in car for 15 mins before leaving in case she had a reaction or felt unwell, and if she did to tell one of the many stewards who were about.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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3 hours ago, DMC said:

Better today

But forgot to mention that her taste buds seem to be affected.  Tea in particular has taken on a curious metallic taste.  

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1 hour ago, DMC said:

But forgot to mention that her taste buds seem to be affected.  Tea in particular has taken on a curious metallic taste.  

My wife had that for a while this morning. It passes.

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Elder brother has Pfizer on thursday, I had AZ on friday.

He's been laid up ever since, I've haven't had any side effects.

Is this because I just had Covid? 

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On 3/28/2021 at 4:45 PM, Bigdave22014 said:

Elder brother has Pfizer on thursday, I had AZ on friday.

He's been laid up ever since, I've haven't had any side effects.

Is this because I just had Covid? 

It affects people differently but that could be true. 

 

The news today is that 50% of the population of Britain are positive for Covid antibodies. That's significant because a sizeable proportion probably never knew they had it. As the vaccine continues to roll out it will be closing in on herd immunity. Which doesn't mean people will stop getting ill but deaths will be less. 

 

I sometimes wonder if I'd had it but didn't notice or thought it was a cold. 

 

Here in Ireland there's been some easing of the lockdown with more planned. So that's something. Also it seems. I'll be moving up the list. Once the most vulnerable are vaccinated. It'll be age based. Which puts me in the frame. 

 

Assuming AZ or whoever deliver the damm vaccine. 

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On 3/23/2021 at 12:33 AM, treker_ed said:

(Although, I am looking forward to getting it, and am impressed at how quickly the NHS has rolled out the vaccine program as a whole - even my wife has had her jab and she's 12 years younger than me and puts her in a different age bracket. But due to underlying health conditions which have recently changed, she's now classified in the at risk group, so has been brought forward in the scheduling)

Had my first Jab (Oxford AZ) on Sunday, no reaction for about 14 hours - then as I was going to bed on Sunday evening WHAM!

 

Started to get fever like symptoms. Hot flush, Shivering (literally shaking), feverish, and a very sore arm. Unlike most people, I couldn't sleep at all - kept me awake almost all night. I think I got 4 or so hours sleep between 23:30 and 06:00 on Monday morning, at which point I got up. Pounding headache - which I suffer from anyway (cluster headaches). I seem to have the opposite effect most of the time - what is supposed to make me drowsy, doesn't...even over the counter sleeping tablets. The meds I take for the cluster headaches are supposed to make me drowsy - they don't! Anyway, for the past 36-48 hours I have not been myself at all. Flu symptoms without the flu is the best way I can describe it. And the other thing was not being able to eat as I felt slightly nauseous with it. Finally ate something substantial this afternoon. Have my second booked for mid June - I hope I dont get the same reaction with the second jab.

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Had a chance discussion with a former work colleague today. He and some selected others were asked if they would like to visit Addenbrookes for some testing.

Upshot is he was given the jabs cocktail in Gulf War 1. As a result he was informed he cannot catch Covid. Something in that concoction has given the recipients immunity.

We await further developments.

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2 hours ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

Had a chance discussion with a former work colleague today. He and some selected others were asked if they would like to visit Addenbrookes for some testing.

Upshot is he was given the jabs cocktail in Gulf War 1. As a result he was informed he cannot catch Covid. Something in that concoction has given the recipients immunity.

We await further developments.

Interesting as all of us that went to that place became a pin cushion with the amount of jabs that we had. Anyhow had my first jab this morning.

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First dose of AZ 26.01.21, snow on the ground.

 

2nd dose of AZ today, snow on the ground.

 

Spooky coincidence, wouldn't you say?

 

And I don't live near the arctic circle!

 

Kidderminster, in Worcestershire actually, the snow - to be honest, a light dusting this morning was part of the weather front that came down the country overnight.

 

2nd Jab just as impressively efficient as the first,  in done and out in 6 minutes.

 

Well done the local GP practices who have got together to operate the vaccination scheme.

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Booked my jabs today. 

 

One oddity was for my first jab there were 15-20 vaccination sites within 10 miles of home to choose from, for my second jab there were less than half that.

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24 minutes ago, -Ian- said:

One oddity was for my first jab there were 15-20 vaccination sites within 10 miles of home to choose from, for my second jab there were less than half that

I think this is because many volunteers are or will shortly be returning to their normal work ... looking ahead there may be fewer sites, or there will be uncertainty as to which sites will be staffed.

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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67 & 68 respectively and no qualifying health conditions but my wife and I got our appointment letters for Round 2 yesterday set for next Tuesday morning which will be 10 weeks and 2 days after the first.     Letter header mentions Pfizer but no idea if that is because we got that first time round or if we are getting it again this time , policy I believe was that it could be any combination but no idea if they are actually doing that.

 

Oddly I also got a Podiatry appointment this morning after a phone call yesterday late afternoon asking if I could fill one of several cancellations this morning.      Had been due my six-monthly check in the week leading up to the first lockdown last March which was cancelled as the NHS began to reconfigure for the pandemic , was given a new appointment early this year and told at it that unless I developed any problems it would be well towards then end of the year at least before I would be seen again and then the call.     Quite handy living across the road from the health centre although advice this time is not to expect another scheduled appointment until into next year.        

 

Podiatrist was saying that while routine work such as checking patients like myself are not developing anything nasty has slowed down dramatically her work has otherwise continued without pause mainly running specialist clinics dealing with open wounds and ulcerated sores which must take some dedication day-in-and-day-out for over a year with very little of the more routine check-ups to act as a diversion.

 

 

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I believe the policy is not to mix and match vaccinations. If you had AZ the first time you get AZ the second, if you had Pfizer for first, you get the same second time round. 

 

There were some articles late last year/early this year where it was reported by some overseas press that the NHS was going to mix-and-match the doses you received. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) then got involved and requested a retraction and a corrective statement to be issued (  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55519042 ) as this was not the policy at all and that only in the rarest of situations would this possibly happen, and then only if there was a shortage of the vaccines.

 

But the policy is, and always has been to use the same type on both vaccinations.

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My wife and I are due for our second (Pfizer) jags next Tuesday.

 

My wife is an inveterate collector of random and frequently inaccurate bits of information mainly gleaned from fellow passengers on our local bus. Somebody seems to have told her to expect the second jag to have worse side effects than the first but these can be lessened by taking vitamin C. She is currently swallowing 500mg of vitamin C a day which is vastly in excess of the recommended amount but probably harmless. I think I'll just take my chances.

 

 

 

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Yay!! They're now doing 70 -74 year old's in France.

Oh Poo!! No appointments or vaccine available.

 

John.

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19 hours ago, Skodadriver said:

She is currently swallowing 500mg of vitamin C a day which is vastly in excess of the recommended amount

Tell Mrs. Skodadriver to stop!

The Daughters a Nurse prescriber, also, according to the NHS the recommended dose for adults aged 19 to 64 is 40mg of vitamin C a day.

O/D on vitamin C (only vitamin you can O/D on) you can get stomach cramps, diarrhea and or flatulence. Not a problem as long as the person

reverts to the normal daily dose, the human body will expel, as vitamin C cannot be stored by the body, Oh, and also to STOP listening to folk on buses!

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The vitamin C thing is also complete rot. When are people going to learn that information or what you read or listen to is, in itself, no good unless you are prepared to evaluate it. This is not a hugely difficult process if you are  a fairly rational person. Oh..... I have just seen the big flaw in my comment. 🤔

Sorry Skodadriver, not intending to be rude about Mrs S, but in a lifetime working and teaching nursing, I get a bit irritated sometimes. Mrs T still has to deal with it everyday, but is a more forgiving soul. 

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