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  • Writer's pictureKemiALondoner

I had the jab!

This week was the same as every other week - we all tried to stay at home, whilst trying to live our lives. Definitely not our best ones.

Vaccinations have started to be doled out to the 65+ and then people aged 16-40 with underlying health issues. Some people have received their second dose already, but their are new variants which don't respond to the Oxford vaccine. On the plus side Moderna has also been approved. We are all still sanitising everything and everyone is homeschooling/working. I have started to call 2019 'The good old days' when we could go out and talk to people without the fear. But people also didn't wash their hands after going to the toilet and things were a lot more unsanitary. Changes that I pray will last for the rest of my lifetime.

Either way I was pretty stoked when I got THE TEXT inviting me to book my COVID vaccination. Being under 65 and in relatively good health I assumed that they had made a mistake, but having heard rumours about accelerated delivery in some areas I went along anyway. There were lots of young people at my appointment of all ethnicities sat less than 2m apart.

The jab. With all the misinformation flying around I thought i'd video myself taking it to prove to the Black community that it was safe to take it. And here it is.

I had the Phizer. (The expensive one the government calls it). It hurt. It hurt more the next day and my bones hurt a little. I slept for a day it seemed and then was sleepy the day afterwards. But, on the third day, I rose again and felt fine. It was a bit like the 24 hour flu except not as shivery or painful, but i've never felt more relieved. The vaccination still means you can get COVID, but you probably won't die, and you can still pass it on. Which means my attitude towards people flouting the rules hasn't changed and putting lives at risk haven't changed. The chin maskers, people who try to sit right next to me and those who just aren't wearing a mask and touching everything are still irritants in my life. And then there are people who won't take the vaccine at all.

At some point everyone registered with the NHS will have had the opportunity to have one and then there is a dilemma. This raises some moral and ethical issues for my teams and organisations, taking into account some people are not either registered for free health care or able to take it - Do we discriminate towards people who haven't had the jab and how to we ensure that everyone is kept safe in this new dual world?

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