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Well, it’s all a bit doom and gloom at the mo, so I thought I’d try something a bit more positive. 

2.6m jabs delivered to 2.3m arms. Not too bad a start. 

Who’s had one? Or know someone who’s had one? Got a date or have a family/friend with a date?

My MIL is due on Saturday morning for her jab..
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 11969
    The speed of roll out is very impressive.

    Something where we can be really proud of what the NHS can do.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 22677
    The speed of roll out is very impressive.

    Something where we can be really proud of what the NHS can do.
    Yep. Our local medical centre announced on Saturday that they had their first jab deliveries arriving. My MIL is in group 2, got a text this morning and is booked in for the first day of jabs on Saturday. They have already converted a local community centre ready for jabbing. 

    It is actually pretty impressive. 
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  • PVO_DavePVO_Dave Frets: 2150
    My Grandad finally got his today, he'll be 92 this month, previously 'beat' (as much as you can!) prostate cancer, I'm very glad he's had his first vaccine today :) 
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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 711
    Could not agree more, its been hard, its going to stay hard this year, but the effort here is nothing short of amazing :)
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 22677
    I’m actually seriously impressed that they have managed to do 1.3m in just about a week this early in the programme. 

    Now, I know the army are involved, but there’s some seriously impressive NHS work going in to this at a time when they are under extreme pressure. 


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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 10164
    I was talking to a some older friends in the village the other day, both over 80 and they've both had both jabs, however my mum, 85, has yet to even get a date. It seems the roll out is patchy. It seems odd to me that the jabs are being done so quickly down here in Devon where we have a relatively low infection rate (so I believe) yet where my mum is (S Herts) it seems much slower, despite having a much higher infection rate. Yet N Herts has been jabbing since before Xmas.

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 22677
    VimFuego said:
    I was talking to a some older friends in the village the other day, both over 80 and they've both had both jabs, however my mum, 85, has yet to even get a date. It seems the roll out is patchy. It seems odd to me that the jabs are being done so quickly down here in Devon where we have a relatively low infection rate (so I believe) yet where my mum is (S Herts) it seems much slower, despite having a much higher infection rate. Yet N Herts has been jabbing since before Xmas.
    It does depend on the area, NHS Trust and local GP surgery/medical centre. 

    The army bloke in charge said he was pushing vaccine out to the centres most capable of dealing with them - balancing where there’s resource with jabs so they aren’t waiting for it, and not putting as much out to areas that are still setting up.
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  • PVO_DavePVO_Dave Frets: 2150
    edited January 11
    VimFuego said:
    I was talking to a some older friends in the village the other day, both over 80 and they've both had both jabs, however my mum, 85, has yet to even get a date. It seems the roll out is patchy. It seems odd to me that the jabs are being done so quickly down here in Devon where we have a relatively low infection rate (so I believe) yet where my mum is (S Herts) it seems much slower, despite having a much higher infection rate. Yet N Herts has been jabbing since before Xmas.
    Looks like it's starting now Vim, they should hear soon. 

    My great Auntie had hers Saturday (Broxbourne) and my Grandad his today (Letchworth). I think the biggest issue to the earlier rollout was the cold storage. Was very frustrating seeing people where I live in Mid-Beds getting the jabs, yet my Grandad who is 10 mins away hearing nothing. 

    There was also a rumour that the original Hertfordshire doses got sent to Herefordshire, suspect that was just born out of frustration though (although it did happen to the comedian Shaun Walsh :) )
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 10164
    PVO_Dave said:
    VimFuego said:
    I was talking to a some older friends in the village the other day, both over 80 and they've both had both jabs, however my mum, 85, has yet to even get a date. It seems the roll out is patchy. It seems odd to me that the jabs are being done so quickly down here in Devon where we have a relatively low infection rate (so I believe) yet where my mum is (S Herts) it seems much slower, despite having a much higher infection rate. Yet N Herts has been jabbing since before Xmas.
    Looks like it's starting now Vim, they should hear soon. 

    My great Auntie had hers Saturday (Broxbourne) and my Grandad his today (Letchworth). I think the biggest issue to the earlier rollout was the cold storage. Was very frustrating seeing people where I live in Mid-Beds getting the jabs, yet my Grandad who is 10 mins away hearing nothing. 

    There was also a rumour that the original Hertfordshire doses got sent to Herefordshire, suspect that was just born out of frustration though (although it did happen to the comedian Shaun Walsh :) )
    yeah, she'll be going to Hemel and from what I understand it's like a machine in there, very efficient. 

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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 7517
    It does depend on the area, NHS Trust and local GP surgery/medical centre. 

    A friend is a GP and has revealed that there are different policies in different parts of the same local health authority. Heaven help us if this thing falls over because some administrator has a god complex.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 22677
    scrumhalf said:
    It does depend on the area, NHS Trust and local GP surgery/medical centre. 

    A friend is a GP and has revealed that there are different policies in different parts of the same local health authority. Heaven help us if this thing falls over because some administrator has a god complex.
    Those policies may depend on patient demograph, capabilities of the surgery, staff levels, specialisms, and local facilities (such as near or further from a hospital or A&E etc).


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  • My local Health Centre has been designated as a vaccination location, had to go to a different GP last week to get my flu jab so jabs have started rolling out here - north Liverpool.
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 10164
    scrumhalf said:
    It does depend on the area, NHS Trust and local GP surgery/medical centre. 

    A friend is a GP and has revealed that there are different policies in different parts of the same local health authority. Heaven help us if this thing falls over because some administrator has a god complex.
    Those policies may depend on patient demograph, capabilities of the surgery, staff levels, specialisms, and local facilities (such as near or further from a hospital or A&E etc).


    well, the demographic round here is avg age about 147, there is a massive shortage of both GP's and practise nurses and where the jabs were carried out (Okehampton) about an hour from the nearest A&E.

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6001
    My wife has been done, so has my step daughter. The QA hospital are doing around 1000 a day apparently 
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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 1659
    I'm just waiting for the usual naysayers to barge their way in and throw some random stats around, claiming that it's actually a very poor rollout, Israel is better, it's Boris' fault etc. 

    This is fantastic work by the NHS and all involved!
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 10835
    My friend Cathy has had the two jabs, she’s a practice nurse. 

    If I get counted as front line social care staff mine would be soon but I don’t think I will, but even as an over 50 shouldn’t be too long. 
    When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die. 
    Jean-Paul Sartre 
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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 3192
    edited January 11
    I've been redeployed as a vaccinator. I've done a load of people so far and my trust has done a lot of people in the last couple of weeks. We're doing about 500 - 600 people a day and now multiple sites are opening so we should double or triple it. I was redeployed back to ITU for the first wave for months but this time I'm doing this. 

    It feels like history, people are really grateful and we're getting to vaccinate loads of people a day. I've had mine but my second one has been put back. I've looked at the science and I'm fine with it.

    I hope you all get yours soon! Maybe I'll even do it!
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  • springheadspringhead Frets: 847
    In laws have had both doses of the Pfizer, one before Christmas the other last week.

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  • I had my first dose of the Pfizer vax on Friday morning (I'm NHS front line), and have my second dose booked in for 2nd March. Had a little bit of soreness for 24hrs to the area the jab went in on my shoulder, the same as I get when I get the flu jab each year. Completely back to normal now, 3 days later. 

    I've been highly critical of a lot of the Govt's response to the pandemic in the past, but I have to echo the comments above and say how impressed I've been with how we've managed to roll this out. 

    The raw numbers are impressive, but just to give my own anecdotal experience of the process, I was also extremely impressed. Everyone has pre-booked arrival times staggered at 5min intervals, there are bouncers outside controlling the queue, reception ticked my name off the list, go round to initial consultation/ticky box consent/FAQ area, then head around to get the jab, then after the jab you go and sit in socially distanced chairs to wait for 15mins before heading out again.

    Social distancing and hygiene measures seemed totally on point throughout, being well monitored by a team of well-drilled vounteers. Was in and out the building in 25mins tops. 

    (Mine was done at the Newcastle Centre For Life, which is one of the big regional mass vaccination hubs.)
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  • My dad got his 1st before New Year.  Not heard if his second is postponed.

    Very quick and effecient.
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  • chris78chris78 Frets: 3448
    Our local Facebook page has said that over 80s will start next week at a local centre about 4 miles away.
    As soon as Boris said the military would be involved, there was a chance of this working well. The British Army do logistics as well as anyone in the world and if anyone can get this working, it's them.
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  • S56035S56035 Frets: 130
    It all sounds great but lets not forget this government hasn't been great with numbers:
    - individual gloves in the PPE count
    - x millions for the NHS Brexit
    - people dieing in car accidents counted in the death stats.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 22677
    S56035 said:
    It all sounds great but lets not forget this government hasn't been great with numbers:
    - individual gloves in the PPE count
    - x millions for the NHS Brexit
    - people dieing in car accidents counted in the death stats.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could have just one thread in the whole of this section that concentrates on the positive. 

    There’s a smorgasbord of choices for posting opinion on government performance right across any area of the pandemic.

    To date, the vaccine roll out has been successful. Let’s keep this positive. If there’s something to criticise later then fine. 
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  • DavidRDavidR Frets: 45
    Congratulations to the NHS and HMG for what looks like a success so far. Not that it's a race but the UK is doing very well in comparison with other countries. Across The Channel, the model of the EU being responsible for vaccine acquisition is becoming a disaster in Europe and individual countries are reverting to nationally based policies. This is not something to play politics with. Later in the year countries will have to help each other out.

    Well done us. Just shows what we can do when we get out of "anglophobic mode" and pull together.
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  • Grandad (85) Has had the jab this week, my nan (83) due to have it any day i believe (not sure why they didn't get it done together). Really glad for them and hope my parents can get it soon enough too. 
    Pretty amazed by how quickly this is all going, I just hope once they vaccinate those 4 groups they don't loose momentum. Really hope after this their is something offered to give all NHS staff the thanks they deserve, and that they have access to mental health support. From what I've seen it looks like the psychological effect on the frontline staff could become a real problem in the months and years to come. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 22677
    Grandad (85) Has had the jab this week, my nan (83) due to have it any day i believe (not sure why they didn't get it done together). Really glad for them and hope my parents can get it soon enough too. 
    Pretty amazed by how quickly this is all going, I just hope once they vaccinate those 4 groups they don't loose momentum. Really hope after this their is something offered to give all NHS staff the thanks they deserve, and that they have access to mental health support. From what I've seen it looks like the psychological effect on the frontline staff could become a real problem in the months and years to come. 
    The momentum will stay - they’ve got hundreds of millions of vaccines on the way - they need to get them out before they go off 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 20634
    edited January 11
    I have to say I'm really impressed by the rollout so far, and I suspect it will continue to get quicker and smoother as we go along.

    Just shows what this government can do when they leave jobs to the professionals instead of trying to make a buck for their dodgy mates out of it. 

    Basically they've just stepped out of the bloody way for a change.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 7517
    I read in today's Times that there is disquiet in the EU because Germany has been doling out the vaccine to other countries on the basis of "one for you, two for me".

    Not very nice. 
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  • Loads of my friends are still NHS staff so they're all getting them. Very happy they are, too, although some have had it and in one case needed hospital care. 
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  • S56035S56035 Frets: 130
    S56035 said:
    It all sounds great but lets not forget this government hasn't been great with numbers:
    - individual gloves in the PPE count
    - x millions for the NHS Brexit
    - people dieing in car accidents counted in the death stats.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could have just one thread in the whole of this section that concentrates on the positive. 

    There’s a smorgasbord of choices for posting opinion on government performance right across any area of the pandemic.

    To date, the vaccine roll out has been successful. Let’s keep this positive. If there’s something to criticise later then fine. 
    Sure. Just let me know which numbers to believe and I'll toe whichever line you want.
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