Post by Peter Withey
This may be of interest, or not. My experience as a driver.
[Interesting account snipped. Sounds like I'll get through some of my
back-issue pile of Radio Timeses.]
Post by Peter Withey
Plenty of time spent hanging about but very happy to have had it.
2nd dose scheduled for March 31st.
(https://www.omnicalculator.com/health/vaccine-queue-uk says I'll get my
first one in May, second in August.)
Meanwhile, I got a letter today inviting me for a 'flu jab, which I
could have at my local surgery or a pharmacy (which would be the same
place anyway). I rang up, and got 26 Jan - which is fine by me.
A couple of points slightly surprised me:
1. "You are being contacted because you are age 50-64 years and are
therefore eligible for a free flu vaccination." I'm 60, and have been
here (and registered with the same surgery, though that's probably
irrelevant - the letter came from London) since 2007, but this is the
first such communication I've received. I'm not _really_ complaining,
just a _little_ surprised. (Not greatly so: I only got my first ever
colon-cancer test kit in the last few months, whereas AIUI they send
them out to people [maybe only men? But I am one] over either 50 or 55.
[I got the results - I'm OK for now.]) I'm also puzzled by "free"; as
one born in 1960 and lucky enough to have had little need for the NHS,
so am still in the mindset from the golden age of everything being free;
I also wonder what happens after age 64.
2. The letter was dated 31 Dec.; I got it on 13 Jan.. I know the post
office have some problems at the moment, and realise the New Year period
was included, but still it seems _rather_ a long time. It doesn't
_matter_ (in this case).
I don't think I usually get the 'flu - not badly, in most years, anyway;
I sometimes get something, but where you draw the line between it and "a
cold", I don't know. In terms of something that really made me feel
rotten (and/or people told me to stay off work when I was working), I'd
say less than one year in three, possibly a lot less. I think I have had
it this season, about 27/28/29 December - didn't feel miserable, quite
cheerful actually, but had symptoms - though I'll still go for the jab.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
After all is said and done, usually more is said.