Like many people I have been having many thoughts about this covid vaccine, should I have it, will it make me ill, has it been researched enough? In the end, I listened to my son when he said that the illness would be far worse than any side effects from the vaccine. So then I waited patiently for my call-up, I wanted it done and to feel that bit safer even though I knew I had to wait for the second dose.
I eventually got the call so last Friday, at 4 pm I went to our closed down Debenhams store and waited in line for my turn. I was really impressed at how organised it all was with safe distances from everyone.
You first answer some general questions about yourself and told which vaccine you will be having, you can ask any questions at this stage. I liked the fact that you are not rushed also give out some leaflets to take away with you to read.
You then walk around a bit further until you get to the vaccination part, where again there are checks that you are who you say you are. You decide which arm you would like it in, then letting it hang down the side of you. I thought she was wiping the skin but it had already been done and I did not even feel it going in! I was amazed!
You are then asked to wait 15 minutes until you leave but as I had my granddaughter Jade waiting in the car for me I was allowed to leave straight away. I did not feel any soreness at the site or generally. Later that evening I was feeling really tired so I decided to take myself to bed. I then slept for 13 hours! The following morning my arm was a tiny bit sore at the site of injection but apart from that, I felt fine. It is now Monday, it is a lovely feeling to know you are on the way to having a bit of protection from this awful bloody corona.
If you are like I was and wondering if you should have this or not then please just think how your family and friends would feel if you did catch it and ended up in the hospital. A few side effects if you do get any are a small price to pay. I have two friends who also had this vaccine and they did not have any side effects either.
Book your slot as soon as you are able to.
I would like to say a huge thanks to everybody involved at the Folkestone site as you are doing an amazing job.