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Incoming Jab


Laptops at the ready, Jane and I both logged onto the NHS system tonight to get our booster jabs booked. Fortunately the booking system worked quite well for us, although I’m aware of people who’ve had issues, and we managed to book in for the same centre on the same date and time slot.

We’ve opted to head down to St Theo’s in Thurmaston, on this side of Leicester. Given the political mood music is that everyone eligible should be getting their booster as soon as possible I am distinctly unimpressed by the fact that we’re having to go beyond Loughborough. We’ll be fine (as long as we don’t both suffer immediate side-effects which prevent us from being able to drive home) but there are many people who are effectively being forced to take a long, expensive journey on public transport, exposing themselves to all sorts of unknown people in order to make themselves and society safer. That’s joined up thinking that rises no higher than, say, the level of Peppa the Pig.

I can understand that it isn’t possible to get vaccinations to every ‘holt and heeth’ but I would have thought that every town wouldn’t be an insurmountable challenge. The ONS identifies about 1,100 such urban areas in England (2011 Census data) with populations ranging from 5,000 to 225,000. The 50 or so English cities could probably be broken into town sized units on established boundaries such as London boroughs and, if that is too many units, small towns (population < 20,000) could possibly be removed.

Anyway, we’ll get our jabs in just over a week’s time and have done our bit. Meanwhile, we’ll also get a chance to get a handle on where St Theo’s is, a church which several people in our congregation have got connections with.