Read this if you’re young and thinking about not getting the Covid 19 vaccine By Dr Catherine Beanland
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR OUR 18-39 YEAR OLDS
Read this if you’re young and thinking about not getting the Covid 19 vaccine
I have just had a look at the vaccine statistics and for the younger age groups it is rather less promising news than I hoped. Despite the fact that our practice helped to organise two full weekends of vaccinations clinics here in Ludlow and one in Church Stretton the numbers of 18-39 year olds who have had one jab are not looking great.
Statistics of uptake for the vaccine for Portcullis patients that are over 50 are excellent with vaccine uptake between 90-100% in all cohort groups 1-9.
However in the cohort groups 10-12 (18-49 year olds) the figures are much lower at 68-80%. If this does not improve our overall immunity will be about 75% which may not be enough for “herd immunity” to protect our elderly and vulnerable population from onother wave in the winter.
There are well-documented cases of young people dying of Covid, but these are the exception. Most seem not to be able to smell their home cooking for a while, or get a bit of a cough, and that’s that.
So why bother with the vaccine?
Long Covid, is a life-changing condition that is even now not properly understood. However, what is apparent is that it can affect younger folk, and leave them with a life-changing condition, possibly far into the future.
They can’t even get up a flight of stairs, let alone boogie the night away – and gasping for air is never going to be a “good look”.
A virus evolves to survive and seek new hosts as fast as it can. The vaccine is your friend, even if it is only partially effective against new mutations.
VACCINE PASSPORT TO TRAVEL
Unless you want to spend the rest of the best years of your life holidaying exclusively in the United Kingdom – plus the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, or only countries that do not require a passport and never see the rest of the world – then you’ll be needing a vaccine passport; and for that you need a vaccine.
If you want to go out and boogie all night you need to get the vaccine as otherwise all nightclubs will be subject to frequent outbreaks of the virus and will be subjected to lockdowns and closures
“YOUNG BRITONS. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU. JOIN YOUR COUNTRY’S VACCINE ARMY!”
Last, you will be doing your bit for your generation (and yourself) by helping ensure there won’t be any more lockdowns. If vaccination rates slump too low, then fresh waves of Covid are more likely – and so are depressing lockdowns to try and control any outbreaks.
Any jab must surely be preferable to that, mustn’t it?
If you are 18 or will be 18 before 1 July 2021 you can now book your Covid-19 vaccination on the national sites. You will need to travel to Shrewsbury, Telford or Oswestry.
You can book online or call 119
We don’t mind where you book your vaccine. Just book!
WALK IN CLINICS FOR OVER 18 YEAR OLDS AT OSWESTRY AND SHREWSBURY
The NHS is running walk-in first dose Pfizer vaccination clinic at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry every day this week until Sunday 20th June. The clinics will be open from 8am – 5.30pm.
Any over 18 year old and other eligible groups, including people with long term conditions, carers and people with a learning disability are invited to attend.
The NHS will be running walk-in 1st dose vaccination clinics for Pfizer and Astra Zeneca at the Shrewsbury Bowls Centre, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ from Sunday this week
For people aged 40 and over (Astra Zeneca 1st and 2nd doses)
Sunday 20 – Tuesday 22nd June inclusive 8.30am – 1pm
Sunday 27th June 8.30am – 1pm
For 18-39 year olds Pfizer 1st doses ONLY will be offered
Wednesday 23rd June 8.30am – 1pm
Sunday 4th July – 8.30am – 7pm
There’s no need to book an appointment-JUST TURN UP AND GET YOUR JAB!