As Melanie is having ongoing computer problems Di has once again come to the rescue with a Truthful Tuesday writing prompt. Here is the question and my answer.
Di writes: “Hubby and I received notification that we were eligible for our second Covid booster and have made appointments at the local surgery.”
My question is, “Would you still have any booster jabs offered to you or do you think they are now ineffective?“
I had my initial two shots last year and earlier this year I had a booster. In May when I turned 65 I became eligible for another booster. I believe it’s now available to everyone over 40. I haven’t, so far, had the shot but that’s more because of the issues around trying to find a good time to go and have it rather than because I don’t want it. I fully intend to get it. Summer is coming and the visitor centre where I volunteer every week will get busy, especially when the cruise ships return next month. I will feel safer if I’m fully protected.
I believe that as we go forward and there are different strains of Covid getting a booster for the latest one will become an annual event like flu shots. In the past I haven’t worried much about flu shots but I am getting older so it makes sense to get both every year unless there is a good medical reason why you can’t have the shots. Plus, they are free, well the Covid shots are anyway.
I have to admit I don’t really understand anti vaxxers. Vaccines were a life saving invention that stamped out many deadly diseases. When I went to school we were vaccinated against Polio, Rubella, Mumps and TB. Before we emigrated to Australia we had smallpox vaccinations. Before David and I went to China in the 1990s we had vaccinations, sorry, I can’t remember what they were for now but had no problem getting them. Surely it’s better to get a shot than to get a horrible disease? It’s true that the Covid vaccinations don’t actually stop you getting Covid and I do find that odd but then the vaccine had to be developed in a hurry and like the flu there are a lot of variants of it. However, vaccinations do stop you from dying of Covid so I still think they are worth it.
I hear that some diseases which have not been prevalent in western countries for many years are now making a come back. Why? Because people are not getting vaccinated or getting their kids vaccinated. Polio is one of those. Honestly, is this what we want? Why have so many people stopped believing in science? It’s crazy.