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

Disabled passenger stranded on Manchester Airport plane for hours calls POLICE to be rescued – Manchester Evening News


‘I felt like I was being held hostage so I had no other option but to call the police’

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This is a disgraceful state of affairs and it is not an isolated incident for another disabled passenger was left on a plane at Gatwick.

As is stated the airport authorities would have been well aware that assistance was required as the planes captain would have radioed ahead that assistance was required. Even 10 – 15 minutes would be too long to wait for the required assistance should have been there as the plane landed so that the disabled passenger would be the first off the plane rather than the last.

Yet again disability discrimination which should not be countenanced. Equality should be there aways.

Source: Disabled passenger stranded on Manchester Airport plane for hours calls POLICE to be rescued – Manchester Evening News

Government says it’s too costly to give disabled people in fire risk blocks evacuation plans – The Big Issue


Campaigners say they are “devastated” after ministers rejected recommendations made following inquiry into the Grenfell fire

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Everyone should be equal, but some are more equal than others as finance is a prime factor in creating equality when it shouldn’t be, as needs should be the main factor within any legislation to combat discrimination.

Disability discrimination was supposed to be dealt with through the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, amended by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and then replaced by the Equality Act 2010,

but written into these acts was the proviso, that  if adjustments were to be seen to be unreasonable then the adjustments did not need to be proceeded with and exorbitant costs were one of those provisos.

This could well be the reason for the rejected recommendations in the case of the Grenfell fire. But should costs be, really a reason to make safety not equal.

In building regulations these should be there to protect and when, especially, these regulations were not abided by, then, irrespective of costs all actions and recommendations should be carried through and make those who were at fault accountable.

 

Source: Government says it’s too costly to give disabled people in fire risk blocks evacuation plans – The Big Issue

Man with severe learning disabilities faces being deported to Jamaica | Home Office | The Guardian


Judge has found 34-year-old, who needs support with basic tasks, would ‘struggle to survive’ if deported

 

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The Home Office is the guilty here, guilty of having no ‘Duty of Care’.

It is very evident that this man was exploited by those he was with and therefore was not guilty of any offence. In fact the Home Office should be doing all they can to retain this man in the UK and allow his family to care for him.

But, the Home office is blinkered for if he is deported they will be sending him to certain death, but I believe the Home Office has no conscience and certainly no understanding of the circumstances.

Whether this be by ignorance or design is not clear, but I fear the latter.

Source: Man with severe learning disabilities faces being deported to Jamaica | Home Office | 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

More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds | Food poverty | The Guardian


One in seven adults estimated to be food-insecure, up 57% from January, owing to rising cost of living

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The cost of living crisis in the UK has been bad for sometime, but with increasing costs, food, energy to name, but 2 more and more are having major problems feeding themselves and their families and very little is being done by this Government to help those in real need.

No increase in benefits, salaries if at all rising they are not inline with inflation, so more and more people are falling into poverty, even people who are employed.

Then we have the MP, Lee Anderson, criticising people who attend food banks, by saying they don’t know how to cook meals from scratch, but at food banks people are refusing food that needs to be cooked as they can’t afford the energy costs.

This Government could do more, but is currently refusing to do so. people health will continue to deteriorate, causing more pressures on the NHS and eventually many deaths will occur.

Could it be that this government is wishing for deaths as that will reduce the welfare costs.

 

Source: More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds | Food poverty | The Guardian

Alberta family struggles to find resources for autistic grandson | CTV News


Rita Fahlman loves being a grandma but says it hasn’t been easy as she fights for help to support her autistic grandson who has complex needs.

Here we have Canada, but it is also just as bad in the UK, perhaps even more so for some.

Is there anywhere in this world where persons with disabilities, expressly learning (Intellectual) disability and autism are looked after sufficiently, I fear not and in some countries not only is there no services, but persons with these disabilities are even seriously discriminated against to the point of even causing deaths.

Why is this for no one asks to be born this way, but they should expect to be able to live life, at least, reasonably without fear. It is the responsibility of everyone to do all they can to ensure discrimination is countered wherever it occurs and every ruling body should legislate to ensure full equality is available for everyone.

Abuse of any nature should never be tolerated and those who do abuse should be always dealt with accordingly. Remember there are many forms of abuse and not having sufficient required and appropriate legislation should be included as a form of abuse. Abuse is done to anyone be they be a child or an adult and anyone can be an abuser, be it a family member, friend, stranger, professional, etc.

By not having sufficient, appropriate  and required legislation is restricting their Human Rights and could be, in effect allowing abuse to occur.

Source: Alberta family struggles to find resources for autistic grandson | CTV News

Advocates call for increase to disability support payments | The Star


“I am constantly made to feel like a second-class citizen,” said Michael Iacovone, a 32-year-old university student with spina bifida.

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No matter where in the world you are you should be entitled to human Rights, but the degree of entitlement will depend on which country the person resides and in some countries the standing of the person in those countries.

Where a person has disabilities, whether from birth or acquired  there may be some restrictions on Human Rights available when there should not be, but there is also the question of equality, which again will be dependent on the country of residence and maybe the standing of the person within those countries.

But equality could have a cost factor and whether this should be borne by each individual or via benefits provided by the respective countries.

If these costs are not fully made available or even at all, will have a great effect on the ability of the person with disabilities to live their lives, even to a reasonable capacity.

In many respects it was not a choice of the person to have a disability or disabilities and if the costs are not met this will have a great impact on their ability to live their lives with any degree of good or reasonable quality.

Is it right for anyone to be made to feel they are a ‘second class citizen’ or even worse. I feel not as it is not showing the respect that they deserve. and is actively showing disrespect, which is effectively denying them their Human Rights and could be seen as some form of abuse.

 

Source: Advocates call for increase to disability support payments | The Star

Taxi Wheelchair Refusals Leave Users Vulnerable | Same Difference


A wheelchair user has urged officials to take licences off taxi drivers who refuse to transport disabled people. Prof Duncan Cameron, of Sheffield University’s School of Biosciences, said he …

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It is a legal requirement for hackney carriages (normally Black cab taxis) to not refuse to transport a person in a wheelchair and if they do they could be liable to a fine of £1000 under the Equality Act 2010.

However, Local Authorities do have authority to take further actions if they feel the taxi driver is not a ‘fit and proper‘ person. This could mean the losing of their licence.

Local Authorities need to take charge to ensure the Equality Act is abided by and thereby eliminate discrimination.

Source: Taxi Wheelchair Refusals Leave Users Vulnerable | Same Difference