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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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Come to Newark. It's easy parking and gives you a run out! Just try and look deranged and you'll easily fit in.

My daughter, a part time NHS worker, whilst she completes her MA, just had one at the dreaded King's Mill. She got an 'I've had a Covid vaccine' sticker lucky bugger!

 

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Yes Officer, I had to travel 20miles, it was the only site that had appointments free between 14.00 and 14.10 ( or whatever the time of the stop) and I don't go out at any other times.

Better get the Mustang washed and hoovered ready.

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It was a very pleasant young policeman who greeted me at the door of the barn and handed me a mask. (they don't trust the one you're wearing!) I asked him if doing this job was better than arresting criminals and he agreed. As for driving a distance, I took each of our cars on a longish 20 mile run on Thursday. I think its essential to give them an occasional blast, especially if they are diesel, to clear the DPF filters which can get clogged up on short journeys and can lead to problems.

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I went to the one at Mansfield no waiting , new mask provided, they sprayed your hands then checked your details and jab done. I was told if I was driving to sit down for 5 minutes . I wasnt so straight out less than 10 minutes couldnt fault them at all.

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I believe if you have the Pfizer vaccine (as I did today)  they insist you sit around for 15 mins in case you get an adverse reaction. My husband had the AZ vaccine 10 days ago and was able to leave immediately.  Makes you think dunnit?!!  
Despite all the waiting and queuing at the Forest site today I’ve just read on the local paper website that there are available slots today and just turn up if you’re over 70.  I think they have so many doses of the Pfizer out of the freezer and either have to use them up during the day or throw them away.  

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We didn’t have to officially wait after we’d been done.  They said just sit in your car for 10 minutes before you leave.  
I believe you’re right, Lizzie.  The Pfizer jab requires a waiting time afterwards in case you have a severe allergic reaction.  

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First of my neighbours had his jab Friday.  Reported no ill effects. Two more had theirs yesterday and when I spoke to her this morning she said they both felt a bit 'off' overnight.. but were getting over it.  She also said they didn't drink all that much considering it was their Anniversary...

 

That does however raise the issue of booze and the jab.  Never mentioned re: the Flu Jab and there seems to be nothing on the official online sites such as NHS.. whereas the usual suspects all claim it could 'ruin your immune response'.  Jury's out I think..

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My 75 year old mate went yesterday, Richard Herrod Centre (old Carlton forum).

Arrived 5 mins before appointment, straight in and out and gone in 15 minutes.

No ill effects just a slightly aching arm this morning.

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Had me jab today, arrived 5 mins early, straight in, more attendants than patients, I think three to direct you down a twenty metre corridor a bit ott though.

Had and armful of Pfizer, sat for 5 mins and then just got up and wandered out. Really quite impressed with the efficiency and the way it was set up. Blue chairs for those waiting and red chairs for the 15 min period, everything and everyone kept separated.

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Same here Brew. Straight in, spot on time. I  also was very impressed with the efficiency etc. The atmosphere was brilliant, and friendly. I think the effort to make the nervous people comfortable worked really well.

 

I had the 'Astra Zeneca' today. Chris had the 'Pfizer' last Friday.

 

All of the medical staff and volunteers at the 'Aldersley Leasure Village' which had been turned into a vaccination point were brilliant. They should be very proud of the way they are handling things.

 

 

 

 

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I'm still spitting feathers that I should have been done by now if my GP surgery hadn't buggered things up.. but 'Hey Ho'  as they say.  It's only another few days and we are all very much better off than many.

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Here's an interesting article, from National Geographic.which I think is a more reliable source than much of the tripe on the Internet.

 

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2021/01/covid-19-will-likely-be-with-us-forever-heres-how-well-live-with-it?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

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'Feather Spitting' continued apace today as a neighbour who actually turned 70 TODAY informed our street WhatsApp group that she had received her letter and booked both Covid Jab appointments online with the first being Thursday.  Not her fault of course and she's a lovely lady.. but annoying for me nonetheless. 

Next, looked at the letterbox and there was my NHS letter inviting me to book online. Letter said to ignore it if I'd had my first jab.. which of course I haven't because it wasn't booked until Sun 7th. So, I decided to try online and see what was what.  Booked for Thurs 4th  and a second appt on 23rd April.  Next I went to my original booking for 7th Feb and cancelled it.

So.. all sorted... finally.

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Just back from having our jabs . There was a Facebook message on our local town site a couple of days ago supposedly by a nurse at the tented showground vaccine site on the way to Falmouth. 

She said that letters were delayed being sent out for some reason and to go onto the NHS booking site and ignore the "don't book till you get a letter" warning and fill in details .

She said nurses were there and plenty of vaccines too ,  just no customers ! 

I booked as over 70 and later tried for my wife who is a month of 70 and luckily it took her booking too .

All very efficient on the site with dozens of marshalls out in horrendous weather . We were in an out in 15 mins and told to sit in the car for 10 mins

Today however the local online paper has put out a story that you definitely shouldn't book until you receive your letter ! There is no delay.

 

Yet a neighbour who is younger than me has been called by our local surgery to go in Saturday for his jab at the local surgery rather than the hub half an hour away .

All seems a bit random !

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Is it just the Pfizer jab where you can book your second appointment?  
We had the Astra Zeneca one and were told we had to wait to be notified for our second appointment.

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Indeed.  And a good friend of mine who is 68 but has Diabetes and has been told to sheild.. has heard nothing. I've suggested that he try going online to book.

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4 minutes ago, MargieH said:

Is it just the Pfizer jab where you can book your second appointment?  
We had the Astra Zeneca one and were told we had to wait to be notified for our second appointment.

 

Not sure Margie.  It looks like if you get a text from your GP you only book your first..then wait for them to contact you again re: 2nd.  Whereas if you book online, you are asked to book both appointments upfront.

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Booking online you have to book the second jab too .

Mines April 21st for second . We got the AZ one .

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After I had my jab, I asked if I had to book and the very nice lady who speared me said, " no, you'll be called for".

I was waiting for, " Now bugger off !" No tea or biscuits.

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Maybe I  shoulda mentioned your name Phil. They would then curtsey and offer a glass of Champagne and canapés.  :rolleyes:

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