I was recently given the coronavirus vaccine and I’d like to explain what happens when you go and get it.
This article is from December 2020.
Why am I posting this? One of the biggest threats this country faces is disinformation on COVID19 and the vaccine for the disease. Every day there are hundreds of tweets spreading scare stories about the vaccine that otherwise intelligent people take as gospel. The better protected the public are against disinformation then the better off the UK is. It’s that simple.
I’ll take you through my experience of getting the vaccine in order to dispel any myths about that side of things.
I received an email in advance informing me of my appointment time and all the other details I needed to know to be in and out of there as quickly as possible. I was heading to Glasgow’s ‘Nightingale hospital’, the NHS Louisa Jordan. An exhibition hall turned temporary hospital.
When I got there, I was asked a series of questions about how I was feeling on the day and then asked to queue up inside. Once inside I was asked if I had any symptoms etc. I then proceeded into a massive hall after showing my NHS ID badge.
Why did I have to show an NHS ID badge? I’m a member of NHS staff and I work around COVID19 patients, which is why my line manager booked me in for the vaccine at this stage of the national vaccination effort.
I queued up and was taken to a cubicle, asked some more questions by a friendly nurse to make sure it was safe for me to get the vaccine. I was then jabbed and it was all over in a few minutes.
I was advised to stay within the clinical area for 10 minutes just to make sure I was okay after the jag, a routine measure in a vaccination clinic. I left after the 10 minutes, I felt perfectly fine. I was mostly relieved it was over with.
I then headed for the train home. If you’re anxious about going and getting the vaccine then I hope that these tweets have helped even in a small way.