COVID-19 and the Vaccination Programme


It is viewed that the COVID-19 vaccination programme was a huge success, especially initially, but it appears now that there has been some reduction in the uptake in coming forward for additional vaccinations. As it is shown that the vaccine did produce a good rate of immunity to catching COVID-19 and if caught passing this onto others, over time this immunity will decrease and continue to decrease.

Many reasons for this could arise, being reactions to the vaccine, some reluctance to invasion by needles, time availability to attend for the vaccination and while not the UK, it could be the costs involved in purchasing the vaccine and also availability and further costs of a medical professional to undertake to give the vaccination.

So should more be done to alleviate some of the above for there could be other means to have the vaccine, being nasal sprays, tablets and even patches. There are some projects which are being researched, but not with the same urgency as with the original vaccines.

I believe there should be for nasal sprays, tablets and patches would, more than likely not need to have a medical professional for its administering, which could be so much better in ways of time, availability, especially in many other countries and much more easy to transport.

Some of the original vaccines had to be kept at certain very low temperatures, which caused the need for a least being kept in a refrigerator and with some, even in a freezer, which could well be difficult in some countries, especially where there is a great need for transportation over large distances. This would not, be to a large extent for these other forms of providing the vaccine.

But not everyone can be vaccinated by injections, some have severe needle phobias and while some forms of needle aversion therapies are around, they may not be readily available when required or even successful. Also the injections had to be in limb muscle, invariably the muscle at the top of a persons arm, but a considerable number of persons may not have such limbs available, but we all have mouths and noses, so tablets and nasal sprays could be accessed by more than can be injections.

I feel these other forms of providing the vaccine are much better than the vaccine, especially the nasal spray which will when taken go directly into the nasal passages and then down to the throat, where the COVID-19 infections generally around, so the vaccines start to work much quicker, the upper arm muscle.

But, the urgency and amount of finance and time are not being given to these other forms than were to the original vaccines. While research is being conducted in many areas, by not being viewed in the same urgency much is being lost in bringing COVID-19 under control to a greater degree.

We all need to understand, that COVID-19 is to be with us for the long term and all is needed to ensure we can all live with it, so much more still needs to be done.

Gatwick: Passenger With Restricted Mobility Dies Leaving Flight | Same Difference


A passenger with restricted mobility has died at Gatwick Airport after leaving an aircraft. Gatwick said staff were helping to disembark three passengers with restricted mobility at the time, inclu…

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The major problem here is that people, especially disabled people are being treated as objects in that ‘one fits all’, people are individuals with feelings, and have individual needs, but are not being treated with respect and dignity.

If there are staff shortages then have more flexibility, perhaps bringing executives down to cover for staff shortages,

‘Gatwick said staff were helping to disembark three passengers with restricted mobility at the time, including the man’s partner.’

“It is normal for one staff member to disembark three passengers who require assistance by taking them one at a time the short distance to the waiting buggy.”

Why is it normal for one staff member to disembark 3 passengers, surely it should be 3 staff for 3 passengers, for with only one staff who decides which passenger gets priority and why should there be a priority process. This is showing great disrespect to persons who are paying for a service and is, in effect discrimination, which should be illegal, but maybe our equality legislation is not what it should be, for people should be front and centre, but as is usual it is a process, a system which is front and centre.

This is far from right and now a death has occurred and if something is not done, then more could occur.

Source: Gatwick: Passenger With Restricted Mobility Dies Leaving Flight | Same Difference

Rules to be relaxed for foreign teachers to work in schools in England | Teacher training | The Guardian


Change will allow teachers around the world with equivalent qualifications and experience to apply for jobs

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So we are changing the rules to allow more teachers to come to the UK so they can teach in UK schools, but it is nothing new that was is and was a shortage of teachers for its been known for years. However, we lets is get to a crisis and still wait, until it gets to a major crisis and then action is taken noy for them to come immediately but next year, so crisis continues to increase.

But teaching is not the only profession in a supply of workers crisis, includes the NHS, agriculture, lorry drivers, hospitality, care workers and many more, but the rules are not changed for every profession.

Money in many of these is an additional problem and has been for years, but successive previous Governments have done nothing except ignore the situation, causing many more problems.

The gap between those who have and those that don’t is forever increasing, but these |Governments are only concerned with those who have and in many instances have very much more than any others, as many in these Governments are in the category of those who have very much more.

For the UK to thrive everyone needs to be recognised and more given to those who have not, even if it means taking off those who have.

Source: Rules to be relaxed for foreign teachers to work in shools in England | Teacher training | The Guardian

Heather Humphreys apologises for letter sent seeking repayment of disability allowance – The Irish Times


Grieving mother was contacted regarding overpayment of €208 within weeks of teenage son dying

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When writing to anyone recently suffering a death in their family, great care needs to be taken and dealt with as sensitively as possible, especially when requesting money, which was sent in advance of the demise, to be returned.

In this instance, it would appear that no sensitivity was apparent, causing much more grief to the family.

I assume this was a payment in advance, ie for a period to come and not in arrear, a period already gone, so in these circumstances the payment was due for return, but respect and sensitivity should have been a matter of course, while this was not the case. From the wording, it would appear that fraud was being expressed, when it was not.

In the circumstances, the least they could have done is allow the payment to be kept, which they did.

Source: Heather Humphreys apologises for letter sent seeking repayment of disability allowance – The Irish Times

Texas Judge Halts Transgender Child Abuse Investigations | The Daily Wire


Safeguarding children needs expert knowledge and a blanket policy, maybe, based on some form of prejudicial opinions on religious or some other basis, is not to be accepted.

Each case needs to be viewed on its own merits taking into account the family and, at least, the child concerned.

Everyone, including children have human rights.

State meddling should never be recommended and never be the ‘norm’.

Source: Texas Judge Halts Transgender Child Abuse Investigations | The Daily Wire

There’s a simple way to fight the cost of living emergency: a £15 an hour minimum wage | Nadia Whittome | The Guardian


Opponents say this will lead to a wage-price spiral – but that’s an argument that’s stuck in the 1970s, says Labour MP Nadia Whittome

 

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I do agree that the minimum wage should be around £15 per hour, but not for other salaries to be increased in the same ratio as this would lead to a wages spiral.

But in saying it should be £15 per hour, this will not be a major problem for many industries, especially multi-nationals, but it will be for charities and certainly the care profession.

The care profession has been starved of finance for way too long, well before 2010, when austerity measures were introduced, but these measures made the finance much worse. So the Government needs to finance Local Authorities much better and return all the losses they endured through the austerity cuts.

As for charities, with all the problems with the cost of living, donations to charities have been considerably reduced, meaning many charities are having to decide whether they can continue let alone afford a minimum wage of £15 per hour. Without charities the gaps caused by lack of statutory services will only get greater thereby causing even more difficulties for the vulnerable that charities look after.

Also Chief Executives of industry needs to have their salaries capped so they are not earning more 10/15% more than their lowest earning employee.

Source: There’s a simple way to fight the cost of living emergency: a £15 an hour minimum wage | Nadia Whittome | The Guardian

Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report | Windrush scandal | The Guardian


Exclusive: legislation has been designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, according to leaked government paper

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Unfortunately this report does not surprise me as we have had reports after reports that there is institutional racism in many of our UK organisations, some of these organisations are masquerading as police forces, but the higher echelons in those forces did not fully agree.

But ‘Windrush’, even after all the atrocities their descendants went through under ‘Slavery’, they were still prepared to come to the UK in the 50s when they were asked to help us in our ‘hour of need’ to find that many in the UK resented them coming. But, even after that they did what they promised to do and worked exceedingly well to help the UK and when they could afford to they brought their families to the UK and they to did all they can to help the UK while having to undergo extreme and very ugly racism attacks.

When they came they were British citizens and did not need official papers to travel to the UK, just as we didn’t need papers to travel for where they came from, many from the West Indies were an extension of the UK throughout the UK, they were British citizens as anyone was and still is in the UK.

They were fairly content in the UK and so didn’t apply for formal recognition as many others who were actually born in the 4 countries of the UK did not. Only those who wished to travel outside the UK applied for passports and these were the lucky ones for they did have then formal documents to show they were UK citizens.

But due to immigration laws passed while they were residing in the UK, and the attitudes of some in the Home Office and certain Government Ministers it came that officially they couldn’t easily prove that they were British citizens, even though if these Home Office officials and Government Ministers were bothered to check employment records the proof was there.

So, many were illegally classed as being here illegally, which was so wrong. They trusted the UK and that trust was severely broken.

Many were even illegally deported to a land they left many years ago to help the UK, where what roots they had there were no more, they were deported to be on their own as their friends were near them in the UK.

It makes me so ashamed to say I am British,  and those who allowed this to occur should be made accountable, perhaps even shipped off to lands they don’t know and don’t know anyone.

It was and still is a scandal which should not have occurred or been allowed to occur.

The UK owes everyone who was caught up in this scandal and everyone should be recompensed immediately not in weeks, months or even years, but immediately.

The various UK Governments concerned and the Home Office Officials need to pay for causing this scandal, but ‘lessons are not learnt’, no they never are, for to learn there needs to be a willingness to learn and that is not there, so other scandals occur, evacuation from Afghanistan to name but one and more are still to occur. It is abuse of power and no caring.

 

Source: Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report | Windrush scandal | The Guardian

Cost of living crisis: Minister says people could ‘take on more hours’ at work or move to a ‘better paid job’ to protect themselves from cost of living surge | Politics News | Sky News


Labour said the comments by safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean were “disconnected from the realities of people’s lives” after she said the government has “already taken action to help people with energy bills and there’s more help coming”.

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Yes, safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean, action was taken, but it was too little and the help that is supposed to be coming is too late.

As to working longer or getting a better paid job, shows just how little Rachel Maclean knows, for most people will not get more pay for working longer and better paid jobs don’t grow on trees for we are not all Government ministers on large salaries, with expenses.

We are in crisis one of many different crisis’s all of which this Government is not helping with.

This minister and all others should come down from their pinnacles and see how the majority of us live.

 

Source: Cost of living crisis: Minister says people could ‘take on more hours’ at work or move to a ‘better paid job’ to protect themselves from cost of living surge | Politics News | Sky News

US oil refineries spewing cancer-causing benzene into communities, report finds | Pollution | The Guardian


Analysis shows alarming level of benzene at fence-line of facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Indiana and US Virgin Islands

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This is not only exceedingly alarming, but shows incompetence and should be seen to be a criminal liability. One instance is one too many, but one could be seen as a mistake, but another not so and a considerable fine should be imposed. Then, if there is a third then the establishment should be closed permanently.

Then to see that these are occurring in close proximality to residential areas means that the existing exposure levels need to be tightened and why should those being exposed be largely people of colour and of low-income.

I am sure if this was occurring in close proximality to the ‘White House’ not even one exposure would have been allowed. So, the safety levels do need to be examined and be revised so no exposures occur, and if not possible the establishments need to be permanently closed or moved to non-residential areas, for surely America is more than large enough to accommodate this.

Source: US oil refineries spewing cancer-causing benzene into communities, report finds | Pollution | The Guardian

National Service would benefit young people today – Yorkshire Post Letters | Yorkshire Post


I believe it probably would benefit youngsters today as many have been brought up in a period when much is available, but only if you have the money available.

Crime has mushroomed, but although it has it is only done by a small percentage of the population, as is the so-called, indiscipline youth, but on viewing the media it would appear it is by the majority, but bad news creates much more public appeal than good news. Not that many would agree with this, but how often is bad news so prominent in the media while good news is not.

So would National Service be a good idea, on refection I think not, for many reasons

  • all youth would need to be included, and not as it was with the previous national Service, when Black and Asian youths were generally not included and it was only males, now it would have to include all ethnicities and both males and females. This would leave a great gap in the areas of who would be available for other employments in the UK.
  • at the time of National Service in the 50s the percentage of youths going into higher education, taking ‘A’ levels or the equivalent and proceeding to universities was small
  • many occupations, such as care, depend on the youths to provide the numbers of carers required and there is still an insufficiency.
  • then to crime, well in Sweden it has increased
  • but could we afford to pay the numbers of persons that would be conscripted into National Service, as for years we have had a policy of reducing the costs related to serving in the UK armed forces
  • surely a better education system would be a better idea, a system of providing learning to enhance and create opportunities for a good working life. and provide a basis on how to live. But currently we concentrate on giving an education to gain qualifications which for many will have no basis or help to living life outside education. When have you used trigonometry, algebra and much more forced fed to pupils by process of rote

Rather than fallback to areas which may have been believed to be good some years ago, more forward thinking is required to engage people to be more enlightened, to be more considerate of others, that everyone has rights and be able to lead a reasonable life. That violence is not the answer, but respect for each other is and not only for persons who are known to you, but everyone irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, etc.

Abusing is not the answer, which many believe is what armed force is, but be a good listener, be understanding, always show respect, be a good citizen.

Source: National Service would benefit young people today – Yorkshire Post Letters | Yorkshire Post