This Writer has received notification of a Covid-19 booster injection appointment.
It’s on December 29. I had expected December 20, six months after my second vaccination, and then when Boris Johnson announced that seven weeks of injections were going to be crammed into three, I joked that I should have mine on Thursday (December 16).
But it seems I should be grateful to be having one at all – the only reason for it being that I live in Wales.
The NHS protocol for walk in booster jabs is not yet in place…
This shouldn't have been announced by Johnson yesterday…
Chaos as per
— Rodders 🚩🌹🏴☠️ (@rodjgrimmer) December 13, 2021
No lateral flows, nobody knows who will be administering 1 million jabs a day, assuming the website doesn’t keep crashing and you can actually book an appointment.
If only the government put as much effort into fighting Covid as they did into having Christmas gatherings.
— Rachael of Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) December 13, 2021
No LFT kits left, vaccine booking website crashed, massive queues outside vaccination centres. Welcome to Tory NHS chaos.
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) December 13, 2021
This is the mess that Keir Starmer told the nation was his “patriotic duty” to support.
You have a serious think about that.
Johnson only managed to get his back-of-a-fag-packet ideas for dealing with Omicron passed in Parliament because Starmer helped him unreservedly.
He could have demanded important guarantees and life-saving additions – like the increase in Statutory Sick Pay that would have made it possible for working people to take time off if struck down by the new variant, but he didn’t.
And he could have demanded proper measures for schools, including ventilation, but he didn’t.
The new measures are pretty much what we in Wales have already.
But here there are administered properly. I’m looking forward with trepidation to the chaos and anger when people realise they’ll be forced to show Covid passes for events at large venues. If they’re upset at putting a piece of cloth over their faces in most indoor public places, then they’re just selfish (face masks primarily protect other people, remember).
I disagree with mandatory vaccination for all NHS frontline staff. What people put into their bodies must be a matter of personal choice and it is unforgivable that politicians are forcing people to choose between what they think is right for themselves and their job helping others.
Significant numbers of Conservative MPs rebelled against all of the new measures – 98 against Covid passes, 63 against mandatory vaccination of NHS staff and 38 against face masks in public places.
If they thought these things were bad ideas on Tuesday, wait until they see how poorly Johnson enforces them!
And, of course, anybody deliberately refusing to follow the new rules has a mandate from the prime minister himself – who flouts Covid regulations whenever he feels like it. I understand he addressed a packed meeting of Tory backbenchers – sans face mask – before yesterday’s votes.
And Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing again with nearly 60,000 new cases discovered on the day Parliament held its debate.
Ultimately, it seems likely that these measures – which are only being imposed now to distract us from the Tory government’s flagrant breaches of its own rules with huge parties last Christmas while people were dying in their hundreds every day – will only increase calls for Johnson to quit politics, never to return.
That day can’t come soon enough.
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