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This morning the postman delivered two identical letters, dated the same day from the same place (Swansea), inviting me to book a Covid vaccination appointment.  I've been booked in since Wednesday and will be down on the Forest Sunday morning for my jab.  

The same thing happened with my husband.  He'd already had the jab last Friday before he received two identical letters.

I wouldn't want to be in charge of delivering millions of vaccines but this is just a waste of money.

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Husband went for his vaccination this morning at a local 'Med Centre' at 10.20am. When he got there, there were no cars in the carpark, and no people waiting inside the building, just a nurse wandering around( waiting I imagine for patients). She asked if Chris was there for the vaccine, and was taken straight in. 

 

This is not a complaint but an observation. Why couldn't I have had mine at the same time, to fill the gap, and save time and also get those all important vaccines moving into the population. I will be having mine on Monday afternoon, which I am quite satisfied with, but can't understand the way the appointment system works.

 

 

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I suppose you had jumped the queue a bit by using Swiftqueue Lizzie?  The letters are perhaps your official notification.   
carni, I suppose in your case, the system is trying to stop people abusing it and trying to get their vaccines before they are in the right level (they must have decided you were MUCH younger than your husband!!

I know 2 people round here who had taken their elderly parent to get  their jab and they were asked if they were their carer.  They replied that they fetched shopping and did a bit of housework for them, at which point they were offered a jab, too.  Both these people are only 50

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Same here Lizzie. Booked appointment on urging of family yesterday and low and behold letter arrives today. At least I am not jumping the queue, well only by a day!

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Margie, I had a phone call from my surgery last week, inviting me for my CV jab, which is tomorrow. But today I've just received in the post a letter inviting me to apply via 119 for an appointment. A  bit like left hand not knowing what right, etc.

 

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I don't think it is jumping the queue it was on  radio Nottm  they were asking people over 70 to book on line and not to wait for a letter, I think they were trying to up their numbers. 

I would never try to jump the queue.

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20 minutes ago, Beekay said:

Margie, I had a phone call from my surgery last week, inviting me for my CV jab, which is tomorrow. But today I've just received in the post a letter inviting me to apply via 119 for an appointment. A  bit like left hand not knowing what right, etc.

 

  

The letters, texts and websites are a belt and braces approach by the NHS to ensure everyone is counted in. They are no doubt well aware you may have an appointment or been have inoculated

 

There is no central database of appointments and Swansea have no idea of who has and who hasn't booked and quite honestly that's no bad thing. The time to create such and the invariable glitches would not help.

 

The letter says quite clearly if you have already made arrangements ignore it. 

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I was reading online about a woman from Mackworth, Derbyshire who has recently lost four of her close relatives in quick succession. She’s blaming the government for permitting families to meet up on Christmas Day. It was certainly a mistake to declare the day ‘open’ but there were caveats about doing it. The government knew that whatever they said, people would meet up over Christmas but they couldn’t do much about it as there were not sufficient resources to enforce it. The only reason for the spread is that a lot of people still ignoring the rules. 

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@sue B 48  and @LizzieM  now that I’ve read all the posts about vaccinations appointments, I’m sure you aren’t queue jumpers - sorry for using that term x

 

 I think the system for booking vaccinations must be different in large conurbations from what we have round here in sparsely populated regions, where the invitations are being texted or phoned straight from the GP surgery.  
 

All the best to all of you who have jabs coming up soon.  
 

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Reply to one up:

 

The vaccine doesn’t stop you catching or spreading the virus, It just reduces your chances of becoming seriously ill, before you all you oldies start running around partying, hugging & kissing & having meet-ups & going mad :crazy:

 

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39 minutes ago, radfordred said:

Reply to one up:

 

The vaccine doesn’t stop you catching or spreading the virus, It just reduces your chances of becoming seriously ill, before you all you oldies start running around partying, hugging & kissing & having meet-ups & going mad :crazy:

 

 

What about your suggestion of protecting us oldies and the rest carry on as usual with a controlled spread?

If we're protected can we then go out to play?  I don't know how you manage a 'controlled' spread though ...

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6 hours ago, MargieH said:

I suppose you had jumped the queue a bit by using Swiftqueue Lizzie?  The letters are perhaps your official notification.   
 

As you now realise, those of us who have used the Swiftqueue website have not queue-jumped but instead have got in there to make sure we get the vaccine as soon as possible.

As I’ve already mentioned today, I’ve had 2 letters prompting me to book the jab.  Yesterday I told a neighbour about Swiftqueue and he got straight on and booked himself and his wife for next week, and then today he received THREE letters for himself and one for his wife asking them to book an appointment!
A friend who runs a Facebook site for members of the 60s Dungeon Club posted the ‘over 70s vaccine’ info the other day.  There are over 500 members of the Facebook group and everyone is now posting that they’ve used Swiftqueue and got their appointments booked.  All those 500 people were teenagers in the 1960s and are around 70 now.   We’re doing our bit.

I did comment on Facebook yesterday how funny it is that we’re excited about being 70+ so that we’re eligible for the jab. 55 years ago our only concern was if we could get our homework done and find 2/6d to see a band play in a sweaty cellar in the back streets of Nottingham. 
Forgot to mention, this afternoon I’ve had a text message from our GP surgery and an email from the Leader of Nottingham City Council urging me to get the jab booked.   I think Notts is lagging behind other East Midlands counties in the uptake of jabs so the powers that be are trying to rectify that! 

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Similar letters are being received in Derbyshire. You can either book in at one of the mass vaccination centres or wait for your GP to summon you. Over 70s only, though. I'm way too young!! :P

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I received a letter today saying I could book for my vaccine and told to visit the swiftqueue website ( I’m not 70 but in the vulnerable group due to health issues) I found an appointment for the early hours of tomorrow at the Forest. When confirming the booking I got the message that I couldn’t book as I’m not 70+. Some research show that the letter has been sent in error with an incorrect link and new letters will be sent.
Piss up and brewery come to mind.
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Been for my jab at the Forest this morning, what an utter shambles!  Arrived 1 minute before my appointment time and got my vaccination 55 minutes later.  All that time I was hanging around outside in the cold. I appreciate that everyone working there is a volunteer but it was awful.  Situation isn’t helped by people arriving half an hour early.  Advice to anyone going to that site is wrap up warm and pray it doesn’t rain or snow. 

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Sorry you had a bad experience at the vaccination hub, Lizzie.  Hope you’ve warmed up a bit now.   I suppose, as you say, lots of people must have arrived early 

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Couldn't fault my gang at "The Meads", Uckfield. Even the parking marshals were cheerful and had time for a joke or reassurance for some patients.

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I was going to use the Forest site for the simplicity of parking when my notification arrives but may go for City hospital instead, especially as it nearer.

Or maybe I'll go for a 2.00 am appointment at the Forest, as they seem to be working later than others.

 

The Forest have appointments available well into March so is presumably having guarenteed deliveries whereas the other sites including QMC seem to be out of action for a few days ocassionally.

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