The Rt Hon Sajid Javid  Secretary of State for Health and Social Care emailed me:

I am writing to you because you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. This means you were thought to be at high risk of becoming very ill if you caught the virus.

and I had a text from the local Hospital Trust:

We are inviting you to have your booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as our records show you are eligible

So I had my ‘flu vaccine and then my third, booster dose of Covid vaccine, a week later. Now, just over a week short of my 90th birthday, if I do get the dreaded virus, it should only be a mild attack, not requiring hospitalisation and a spell in ICU. I was on a ventilator when I had a near-fatal heart attack in 2016 and I really don’t want to go there again. At my age, it’s not a question of if, but when. However, dying of Covid, gasping for breath, is not a great way to go.

The COVID-19 vaccines were developed so quickly because we now have gene sequencing and all the fantastic technology that went into formulating them. Worldwide, over 6 billion doses have been administered. Not one of the several powerful medications that I, and other patients with long term medical conditions, take every day was ever tested on so many people before being approved. It’s horrible to think about the nearly 5 million people who died from this dreadful pandemic but fantastic that help is finally at hand.

I usually get a sore arm after the ‘flu vaccine but this time I had a sore area for a couple of days after the Covid vaccine instead. Luckily, I’ve had no general side effects from any of the vaccine doses.

We are so lucky to have a brilliant National Health Service!!

15 minute post accination waiting area

Read more of Abby’s stories in her memoir ‘Woman in a White Coat’ and her previous posts Abby’s Tales of Then and Now. You can Look Inside on the Amazon site and get a taster for free. ‘Woman in a White Coat’ is £2.99 for the Kindle version and £9.99 in paperback. ‘Abby’s Tales of Then and Now’ is £2.99 for the Kindle version and £12.99 for the 7” x 9” paperback. Both are illustrated in colour.

Woman in a White Coat