13 May 2021
I was very excited to see a box of AstraZeneca vaccines being walked in the front door of a local GP clinic a month or so ago. At last, a return to normality, I thought.
Not so fast. In their astonishingly inept fashion, the Coalition government has thrown spanners in the works and the roll-out is a mess, with what seems like daily attempts to rephrase what has been said in order to dodge responsibility for cock-ups.
Former Health Department secretary Stephen Duckett criticised the government as politely as he could in Monday’s Canberra Times,
[Duckett] blasted the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout,
calling it an “expensive shambles” & “train wreck” shrouded in
secrecy about the use of contractors & consultants.
By now, most Vintage Reds will have been able to get at least their first shot of AstraZeneca.
Here is a little GUIDE to VACCINES, while we wait for the next reword and wind-back of the government’s commitment to our health.
It’s important to keep in mind these things:
- the benefit of vaccines is to prevent people from getting the serious manifestations of COVID.
- vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus.
- the side effects of any vaccine may be unpleasant enough to think about taking a panadol before you get your shot, prophylactically. And take a couple of days off if you can.
- and last, a flu shot is also a good idea, but talk to your doctor about spacing it with the vaccine.
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