Dear Orkney News,
My husband was called for what he thought was going to be a Covid plus ‘Flu vaccination.
When he arrived at the hospital he was told that he’s only eligible for the ‘Flu jab.
This was a big surprise, as we both were under the impression that the Winter vaccination programme now meant Covid and ‘Flu as a standard precaution /preventative measure.
We are fortunate in that my husband has recently retired from work, and we hardly go out among people since Covid originally arrived – so he shouldn’t be greatly at risk.
I am definitely eligible and have had a letter giving me an appointment. I have asthma and particularly need to avoid respiratory infections, such as Covid, if at all possible. It’s also important for my husband to avoid Covid as he could bring it home to me. My vaccination should help but – both of us being vaccinated would be a much more thorough approach.
But it’s not just us – we’re thinking of all the people who aren’t considered to be eligible for a Covid jab now, yet will have to go to work, carry on with their lives, and – risk it.
The vaccination programme has been shown to have been very effective in helping to control Covid and in reducing the severity of symptoms.
We’ll check if he can pay to have a Covid jab, and if so, he will. Never would have thought we’d be driven to ‘go Private’ – it’s against all our principles – but ’needs must’.
Many people will not be in a position financially to do so, or won’t think it’s ‘worth it’. We very much do think it’s worth it – having experienced ill-health has taught us that health is one of the main things that matters in life.
This situation adds to the uncertainty which the population of Britain are having to live with already in these times. Much is said of mental health and anxiety – being told you can’t have a Covid jab – doesn’t help.
Preventative medicine is understood to be worthwhile in many cases – we receive our ‘Poo sticks’, women are called for Cervical Smear tests, etc. etc. For that matter, folk are very strongly advised to get their ‘Flu jabs.
So why not Covid? Could it be because it’s more convenient for the Government to pretend it’s gone away?
Yours, Bernie Bell, Orkney