Covid 19 my vaccine experience.


I too have had the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and now waiting for the second injection.

The first injection did not cause me any major problems, only had some numbness, on the next day, where the injection had been, but this had gone by the following day.

I have not rushed out thinking I was now safe, but continue to shield and will do until, at least, I have the second injection. Even then I will continue to stay safe, wear a face-mask when I go out and respect Social Distancing. I also wash my hand regularly throughout the day and certainly when I come back from medical appointments, the only reason I do leave home.

Until everyone has had the full course of injections I will not feel safe to go out.

I had the injection, not only because I believe in having injections and to safeguard myself, but also to safeguard others and do my bit to see that the effects and mutations of COVID-19 are substantially reduced or even eliminated. However, I do appreciate that I and others will need regular COVID injections, just like we do for the Flu. This is not to say COVID is like the flu, as it is very much worse and could cause long-term deliberating conditions in those who are not vaccinated.

I do have an adult daughter who has a severe aversion to needles and as she has Learning Disabilities and Autism does not have the capacity to understand anything about COVID-19.

So, until there is an alternative to the injection, such as a Nasal Spray she will be open to contract COVID-19, so I owe it to her to do all I can the ensure I will not be able to pass COVID-19 onto her.

The poor side of life

Yesterday I had my Covid 19 vaccination. I had the Pfizer vaccination and I really couldn’t wait for this day to arrive.

Most of you will know that my Covid 19 and Long Covid experience has been horrendous.

I first became ill with Covid 19 last April and I quickly became extremely unwell. You can read about this in my previous blog posts. I also developed Pneumonia and pleurisy and had numerous relapses.

To say that I was excited for my vaccine was an understatement, I can never forget how ill I have been and I certainly don’t want to catch it again. Not only do I have to think about myself I also have to think about my daughters wellbeing as well.

I was virtually bedbound for around a month except for the odd trip downstairs which completely exhausted me. As a result my illness really scared my daughter…

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Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why


There are many reasons why Black Americans are unjustly treated in America and health is just one of many areas, another major area being Law and Order.

Nobody should be abused in any way, especially due to racial origins, but especially in America there is a long history of racial abuse and in many instances the historical instances are still occurring. In fact, many white Americans, would if they could turn back the clocks and this has only been made worse from 4 years of the Trump administration.

Even under the Biden administration changes, if any will be hard to achieve and then there is 2024, the very real possibility that Trump could return.

But it is not just in America that there is mistrust and racism, for this can and does occur in many countries, the UK being one, but, I hope, to not the extent of it is in America. But what do I know, for I am not of Black origin and may not even notice what is occurring in front of me, left alone behind me.

Nobody should have to contend with racist abuse, in fact, any form of abuse, for it is abhorrent and we should all be doing what we can to ensure abuse is not abound.

I do hope, that the mistrust can be minimised and eventually even, not occur, but this will require all of us to be vigilant.

COVID-19 is not concerned who it affects and my real wish is that the vaccine mistrust is overcome, but all the misinformation on Social Media will need to be countered, for if it is not, then there will be no chance that the COVID mutations will ever be reduced. COVID-19 will be with us for the long-term.  The only effective counter is the vaccines, for the various restrictions can only go so far and that is assuming that we are all abiding by the restrictions, which we are not, but hopefully only a minority.

Colour is only skin-deep for underneath we are no different, so colour should be no reason to discriminate for we all have an equal right to life.

Source: Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why

Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities | Coronavirus | The Guardian


et again persons with learning disabilities, (LD), are, apparently, going unnoticed by the UK Authorities, especially in Wales. This is in spite of a report in November 2020 from Public Health England,  which showed that people with learning disabilities were three to six times more likely to die from covid-19 than the general population during the pandemic’s first wave

This is when, before COVID-19, the risk of persons with LD dying earlier than persons without LD is well known and the reason the LeDeR programme with the University of Bristol, is being researched, which started on 1 July 2016 and is funded by NHS England.

So, why with all the above are persons with LD being ignored and even worse, if they went into hospital could well have a DNR (Do not resuscitate), placed on their record.

It would appear all is against persons with LD, but why?

Do these authorities feel the right to life of persons with LD should be ignored, if this is correct, then this is a very dangerous and very worrying premise, for to believe, this is how exterminations start, just look at Germany in the 1930/40s.

This needs to be stopped forthwith for persons with LD have as much right to life as anyone

 

Source: Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Frances Whiley: Another Sister Speaks For Her Brother With LD


Yet again persons with learning disabilities, (LD), are, apparently, going unnoticed by the UK Authorities, especially in Wales. This is in spite of a report in November 2020 from Public Health England,  which showed that people with learning disabilities were three to six times more likely to die from covid-19 than the general population during the pandemic’s first wave

This is when, before COVID-19, the risk of persons with LD dying earlier than persons without LD is well known and the reason the LeDeR programme with the University of Bristol, is being researched, which started on 1 July 2016 and is funded by NHS England.

So, why with all the above are persons with LD being ignored and even worse, if they went into hospital could well have a DNR (Do not resuscitate), placed on their record.

It would appear all is against persons with LD, but why?

Do these authorities feel the right to life of persons with LD should be ignored, if this is correct, then this is a very dangerous and very worrying premise, for to believe, this is how exterminations start, just look at Germany in the 1930/40s.

This needs to be stopped forthwith for persons with LD have as much right to life as anyone.

Same Difference

Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, one of my greatest fears has been losing my brother, who lives in a care home. He is in his late 20s, is severely autistic and has epilepsy, as well as other complex needs. He is extremely vulnerable. According to Public Health England, people with severe learning disabilities are six times more likely to die from Covid-19 than the general population. In my brother’s age group, the 18-34 bracket, the death rate is 30 times higher.

Then there is the added risk of where he lives. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), living in a care home is a “major factor in the increased exposure of people with learning disabilities to Covid-19”. The communal nature of these facilities, combined with how much contact is required between care workers and residents – my brother needs help with everything, from…

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Tara Bostock’s Family Call For Research Into LD Covid Death Rates


I agree wholeheartedly that persons with Learning Disabilities and also Autism should have been and now need to be given an increased priority to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact there is a petition, Prioritise vaccinations for people with a learning disability.

Persons with Down’s Syndrome have now been included in Priority 4, whereas some others with Learning Disabilities are now in Priority 6, but not all and therefore they will be vaccinated according to their age.

A further consideration is for persons with Learning Disabilities who have an aversion to needles and therefore can’t have the vaccine by injection. But currently there is no alternative, however, I do believe that 2 forms of Nasal Spray are now being tested within the UK.

Since May 2015 there has been the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme. This programme is showing that persons with learning disabilities, (LD) mortality is 20% less than persons who do not have learning disabilities. All deaths of persons with LD are, currently, referred to the LeDeR programme and research is ongoing, so why did the Government take this into account, when forming the priority groups and not wait until the situation was specifically mentioned to them, as NHS England are aware of the programme as it is funded by them.

I do wonder, if the lack of attention to persons with LD is not by accident by this and previous Governments and that there is an underlying motive.

Same Difference

The family of a woman with Down’s syndrome who died after contracting Covid-19 are calling for more research into how the virus affects people with disabilities.

Tara Bostock, 51, from Barlestone in Leicestershire, died despite having self-isolated, her family said.

Research has found people with learning disabilities are more likely to die from Covid.

Ms Bostock’s family described the death rate as “astonishing”.

‘Appalling loss’

Ms Bostock – described by her family as “a joy to be around” – lived with her sister and was waiting for a vaccine before she died on 21 January.

Her relatives said she was “the most beautiful, loving person”.

Niece Rebecca Barnes said people with learning disabilities needed to be vaccinated faster.

“I completely understand the elderly are very vulnerable,” she said.

“They need to be looked after, but there are other people that need looking after as well.

“The figures are astonishing [concerning]…

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George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian


This is so true, but to date nothing has been done to reverse cuts, even a proportion of them.

It was wrong then and therefore is still wrong now and even today all Local Authorities (LAs) are having to find savings, for costs and demand for services are forever increasing, while the Government Grant is not in any realistic proportion. In reality there were no savings to be made and this has been proven by COVID in so many ways.

Virtually all LA services are suffering and Social Care was and is decimated. As Polly states the poor, sick and disabled, those who could least afford any cuts to services, were the ones to suffer most, leading in some instances to their deaths, especially when the changes to welfare benefits are taken into account. For to claim welfare benefits the eligibility was tightened and claimants were sanctioned for the least failure to abide by the ongoing stringent conditions related to payments and eligibility to benefits. The loss of a miniscule amount of benefit had enormous consequences for persons on benefits, who were most likely living on a day to day basis from one benefit payment to another. For some, even the benefits they received were insufficient to manage.

But LAs are not the only authorities suffering for Health Authorities are suffering too, for while they have been receiving some increased funding the increases are in no way sufficient to maintain services at a level required. In fact the funding for the UK needs to be seriously looked at and it has to be sufficient for the 21st century and buffers need to be maintained to cater for the unexpected, for COVID will not be the last.

Also, with the state of pay scales in the UK, this left many who are in employment unable to manage. Many jobs have been lost over the last few years and even though other jobs have been created these will, more than likely, be at the lowest rate of pay (National Living Wage or even the Minimum Living Wage for persons under 25 years) and maybe part-time rather than full-time. Whereas the starting point for pay should be the Real Living Wage.

LAs do obtain funding in otherways, one being Business Rates, but these are also decreasing due to the effects of lockdowns and COVID restrictions limiting businesses opening.

The UK has never been good at pay rates for those on the lower levels of pay and George Osborne and his cronies did their utmost to ensure these pay levels were kept low, especially when costs were increasing.

One does not need to be a genius to see that this is wrong and not sustainable for a healthy and prosperous UK and which is equal to all.

 

Source: George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian

Ursula von der Leyen accidentally SUPPORTS Brexit in vaccine apology | Daily Mail Online


After Brexit we should all be looking to the future and not the past, for what has been done has already gone.

The UK still wishes to work with Europe, but not controlled by the EU, for while many european countries are in the EU, the EU is not Europe, the EU just a political machine working for its own existence, which may or may not be of 100% benefit to all of the European countries who are members of the EU.

 

Source: Ursula von der Leyen accidentally SUPPORTS Brexit in vaccine apology | Daily Mail Online

Covid’s Harmful Effect On Disabled People’s Activity Exposed By Survey


Again persons with disabilities are adversely affected through no fault of their own.

Disabled people are already not treated equally in UK society, even though there has been legislation to correct this. This includes the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995, and Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and Equality Act 2010, but much more needs to be done. The Government compound this in their attitude to disability benefits and now COVID, which has closed many opportunities for people, including disabled people to engage in sports, a lifeline for many disabled people to engage with.

Then there is the COVID vaccine programme which as only minimally looked at and provided priority to some disabled people, namely Downs Syndrome.

Much more needs to be done for any chance of equality to be gained, but this Government does not have a clue.

For they are also failing to act on Social Care, which many disabled people and others rely on to maintain life.

This is a Government of in-action when it comes to disabled people.

Same Difference

Covid-19 has reversed progress made in levels of activity among disabled people, according to a new report, amid concerns the gains may not be recovered because of the scarifying effects of the pandemic.

The observations come in the second Annual Disability and Activity Survey, which measures participation and attitudes towards physical activity among disabled people. Conducted by the disability charity Activity Alliance, it is seen as a companion to Sport England’s Active Lives study.Leading Paralympian says lockdown needs of disabled people ignoredRead more

The survey found that before the onset of Covid the number of disabled people who said they were physically inactive had fallen to 34%, down from 41% the year before. This corresponded with an 18% rise (from 40% to 58%) in the share of those who said they had “the opportunity to be as physically active as they want to be”. Following Covid, however…

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‘Virus anywhere is virus everywhere’: Tony Blair calls for world to come together to fight Covid | The Independent


This is all well and good, but when Mr Blairs EU is acting as a spoilt child instead of being a competent and responsible organisation, not easy for the EU to do, but they need to try to be.

They need to own their own problems and not cast blame by diverting to others.

This is needed to ensure their own existence, a steep learning curve, but needs to be done.

 

Source: ‘Virus anywhere is virus everywhere’: Tony Blair calls for world to come together to fight Covid | The Independent

COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews


The EU is a joke when they talk of transparency, for you only have to look at their budgets to prove that. Have they ever had a completed budget audit approved.

As usual the EU is trying to show they are big hitters and throwing around their assumed power. They have been behind in this vaccine all along and still have to approve it.

I feel it is a bit of jealously in that the UK got ahead of them, so I am glad we left the EU and other countries need to seriously look into the EU and ensure they put themselves forward instead of the EU.

 

Source: COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews