December is just round the corner
whatevs being a shorthand for bullshit i presume.Whatevs
What is the new flu vaccine then?My wife heard today that her department will take delivery of the new vaccine commencing 1st December. She was instructed to get her nurses (she's the big boss) to do the vaccinations from 5th December and to work 10 hours a day (update, it's 12-hour days) seven days a week until they're all done. She wasn't going to take that lying down so she enquired about pay - there was no extra even mentioned. She fought that one and got her nurses pay commensurate with the hours and days they'll be working. But unlike the headline-grabbers, she worked out the logistics and says, at best, there's no way we'll be seeing the first fruits of this until next March at least.
Firstly, from vaccine arrival, they have five days to use what they've got or it will be rendered useless. It will arrive concentrated and they have to dilute it, from which time they'll have five hours to use it or it becomes useless. I naively asked if, once injected, the vaccinee (it is now) would get a sistificate...certfci....piece of paper showing their immune status. She laughed. The only paper the vaccinee (it's common parlance now!) would get would be to instruct them to come and get the follow-up injection. She predicts mayhem from then on. Firstly, she sees what's going on as she's got to pick up the pieces already (the indestructible who can't get infected - until they do or their mother dies of it), and knows that a percentage (which will be high given the area she covers) will believe they're immune. Then there will be those who didn't like the pain of the needle so won't come for the second part, or those who can't get there in time for the second one, rendering the first one completely useless. Kim Kardashian even after the second injection, they won't be declared immune until they have yet another needle (to take blood and test if they have built up sufficient immunity to be declared 'safe') before their journey is over. And that has to be done in sufficient numbers of people to have any beneficial effect. She's very skeptical and has been through this - albeit on a different scale - so many times, she can predict pretty much what's going to happen. Non-compliance, serious effects, public apathy. She's annoyed at the way the government are doing this and the way that the manufacturers have been given the freedom to declare their own product safe and 90-odd percent effective.
Or is Boris full of shoot?I swear I heard Boris claim some time ago that there would be 30 million NHS free flu jabs pumped into Brits this winter.
And that they were there for folks over 50.
On looking into this it seems that it's essentially for folks over 65 plus certain specified groups.
So how does this add up to 30 million?
We are well into winter, despite curiously mild weather down south.
Did I imagine this good news?
Can I not count?
Has the British population boomed more than I thought, thanks to our internationally renowned fecundity?
Are there more folks over 65 in the UK than I thought?
Or is Boris full of shoot?
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