It’s hard to explain my headspace over the weekend. I came home from work on Friday night to hear news reports suggesting that the new vaccines had become a startling political issue.
It was one of the most demoralising phases of this pandemic for me. The idea that nations could virtually “go to war” over a vaccine designed to help keep people healthy and safe, was truly discouraging.
The whole world needs to be offered the vaccine and that will take time, but we will get there. We have to, if we want to feel safe. There should not be a mad scramble to get in there first. Everyone will need the offer of a vaccine for the world to be safe.
I believe most people feel that it it is right to offer the vaccination to everyone. So governments should not let us down by sparring politically in a time we are trying to heal the world.
Most difficult customer of the year goes to….the lady who would not take no for an answer and decided to belittle every member of our team.
We had the most odd situation at work this week. A lady demanded we supply her with a covid vaccine. We explained that we are not administering covid vaccines. She looked around sixty years of age, so we assured her that her GP will contact her to invite her to attend a vaccination appointment.
Yet, she was not satisfied, she said she has seen pharmacies on the news administering the vaccine. We acknowledged that some pharmacies are doing exactly that, but we are not. She became furious, accusing us of trying to trick her.
Then she asked if we – our members of staff – have been vaccinated. I stayed quiet but one of the young girls nodded and told her that NHS front line workers have been offered the vaccine and that most of us have received it. That only added fuel to the fire. The lady started ranting and yelling that we had to arrange a covid vaccine for her.
We tried to calm her down, explaining we had no way of arranging an appointment for her, assuring her that she would be invited in time and reminding her that the best way to stay safe is to stay at home and be careful to wear a face mask and observe social distancing rules when out for essential reasons such as grocery shopping.
She stayed at the pharmacy for an hour distracting us from our work, demanding we arrange a covid vaccine for her and accusing us of deceiving her.
So, a couple of days ago, I finished work and jumped on the bus to head to a local NHS facility. There I had my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.
Why did I get to have a vaccination so early on? I am an NHS Frontline worker – so I was assigned to Group 2 along with rest of the team. Unfortunately, they have all tested positive for the virus over a week ago, so we still have locums with us next week.
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was the only member of staff at work who tested negative for covid-19. That left us in a crazy situation and totally reliant on locums.
But yesterday got crazier. In the end the decision was made to close and wait for a deep cleaning company to come and mist the entire building with cleaning chemicals.
There were some crazy phone-calls and situations we had to deal with yesterday. I can’t explain all of it because you would wonder what the heck is going on. But hopefully that deep clean will have removed whatever was lingering in our building and resulting in so many staff and patients being ill.
My pulse was racing all day yesterday as adrenaline surged. I don’t think I have ever had such a crazy day at work.
The unimaginable has happened! Four members of the pharmacy team are having to self-isolate. One is ill, and tested positive for Covid-19. Everyone else was tested again, three tested positive. I tested negative.
Work over the last two days has been manic! Better get myself to sleep and get some rest before another crazy day tomorrow.!