I received my first vaccination injection this morning, in Scotland, thought I’d share my experience here after hearing John and wai discuss being apprehensive on rewind-a-dynamite, as I’d imagine I’m one of the first in this community to receive it.
I work in social care, so was offered the vaccine, the phone line to book an appointment was pretty jammed but I eventually got through and 2 appointments were made, the 1st today, and the 2nd on the 8th January. I was asked to turn up no earlier than 5 mins before my appointment, which I did. At the hospital, I waited in a socially distanced line before confirming my name and taking a seat, a nurse then asked me the mandatory questions required, before administering the vaccine, I’m not being macho but you genuinely don’t feel a thing, if you’ve ever given blood, divide that small pain by a thousand and that’s what it feels like, it’s nothing. I was then asked to wait for 15 minutes before leaving, including those 15 minutes, It was half an hour in and out.
All very banal to be honest, but may quell a little bit of apprehension some may have, even if this process may be slightly different outwith Scotland, as even in the rest of the uk we have different health boards.
I understand people being sceptical like Wai is, though I think to get past this we will have to put a degree of trust in the health professionals that this vaccine is safe.
Hopefully my experience remains this uninteresting and can maybe help others be less fearful of taking it. Cheers.