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So here we are, well over a year into this pandemic.

In some ways, we’re in a better position than we where a year ago. We have vaccines! We even have one or two treatments that seem to work, especially for those with the very severe version of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Chalk two up to us, the humans.

But the virus? The virus has evolved to be more transmissable, more severe, and even able to evade some of the immunity conferred by the vaccines I mentioned before. …

Vaccines are amazing.

But any time I want to talk about side-effects I have to preface it with that, unlike any other medication. For example, if I want to write about ibuprofen potentially messing up your stomach, I don’t have to preface it with ‘ibuprofen is amazing’. I can be very matter of fact.

Equally, that’s because we don’t have much of a problem with people spreading ‘anti-ibuprofen’ misinformation and downright lies.

But also, we don’t call people ‘ibuprofen-hesitant’ if they’re nervous about stomach ulcers. We don’t have big campaigns to say ‘ibuprofen is safe and effective’. If people have…

The last time I wrote on this blog was immediately after my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccination (with AstraZeneca). I wrote about my reasons for having it done, even in the light of VITT (about which we now know a lot more).

I wanted to write a little about my experiences post- that first dose. It wasn’t a wonderful experience, and I’ve taken some time to write about it, because the last thing I want to do is put anyone off having their vaccine as a result of what I went through. …

In part one, I talked about why I chose to have the vaccination, and my thought processes around the news stories about AstraZeneca and the possible blood clot issue. There’s more on that, too, at the end of this post.

This, part two, is probably of more use if you are local, but it may satisfy curiosity in anyone who is planning to have the vaccine.

This morning, my vaccination appointment was at 8.40 and it only takes, we estimated, ten minutes to drive to the Saints rugby stadium. However, as I can’t drive, my husband would be the one…

I received my first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine today at the St. Helens “Saints” Rugby League stadium, UK, and thought I would write just a little about my experience, and my thought processes leading up to it, in case anyone else was worried or just curious.

Just over a week ago I received a text from my GP inviting me to book my vaccination.

I went ahead and booked with few reservations. I suppose I was a little concerned that the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to recent headlines, was not particularly effective against Variants of Concern (the virus has evolved…

Oh, am I done.

Here we are, in the middle of a second/third wave of this dreadful virus, one of the highest (the highest?) death rates per capita of any country in the entire world, and a ‘lockdown’ that isn’t worth the paper it isn’t even written on.

We have so many businesses that are not even slightly ‘essential’ at the moment open because the government has included them as ‘key workers’ (meaning they have no access to funds in order to close). This includes jobs that could be put on hold and staff furloughed (e.g. many in the manufacturing…

Did no one think of which gender makes up the majority of the caring workforce?

Did no one think of which gender is more likely to get pregnant and breastfeed?

It certainly looks like nobody did.

So many people have taken to social media to spread the message, “if you are offered the vaccine, take it!” for the best of motives, of course, but still, it galls me to see that being said over and over again when there are HUGE NUMBERS of people who are being told they CANNOT have the vaccine.

Those who are currently breastfeeding.

Those who…

(This is going to be quite a controversial post. It is about vaccines, and about how to talk to people who have worries about the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.)

One day, someone will make a film about how quickly a vaccine was developed against the novel coronavirus. It will hopefully be closer to Contagion than Outbreak, but I imagine it will still be very over-the-top. I can’t wait to see the scene where the AstraZenica / Oxford crew realise they’ve given people the wrong amount in the first dose and yet somehow it seems to work better.

Most of us — in…

So it’s official, except it’s not; we’re headed for lockdown, except maybe we aren’t. Last night the government did its usual awfulness of leaking its ideas to the papers in the hope of getting some idea of public opinion before it acts. Never mind the devastation that causes to people’s mental health and wellbeing (I’m thinking especially of anyone who has an event planned over the coming weeks, or small business owners who have already been put through the wringer). It’s how this government operates.

But: schools will apparently stay open. And the majority of what I see from people…

“It’s just all about the economy now,” say people, when they’re trying to work out why the UK government is absolutely failing/refusing to protect its citizens from the second wave of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.

Except it isn’t.

If it were ‘all about the economy’, at least there would be a sort of logic to it. I do understand it seems especially ludicrous that schools, especially high schools (older children spread the virus as much as adults) are not just being kept open, but still fining parents and guardians if they decide they’d rather not…


40-something mum of two, Merseyside.

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