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 these vaccines is to prevent people from getting a serious case 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.
- a flu shot is also a good idea, but talk to your doctor about spacing it with the vaccine.
- and last, keep an eye on developments with new vaccines and news about the old ones. The state of what we know is constantly changing.
So, what are all these vaccines?Continue reading