At the time of writing this, it is the 17th of October, 2022. Covid is still with us but of course, the infections and infection rates are significantly down. We were advised via text messages both from our General Practitioner’s surgery as well as the NHS that we needed to book a time and place to get our fourth covid jab! Yes, you read that right. We both got the two doses and then one booster already.
In order to book our fourth jab (The Autumn Booster), we had to go on the government website and choose a facility near to us to book. It turned out that the one nearest to us was actually at a pharmacy on a very dirty and busy street. It advised that we didn’t need to book an appointment but just to come in. I assumed that there would be a queue and sure enough when we turned up, there was a queue.
The queue, as it turned out, wasn’t very long. First, we had to find parking. It wasn’t easy so we had to turn off into a side road and walk back down to the pharmacy. On the way back to the pharmacy Leisa and I were talking about the fact that we were happy we had had the Pfizer jab and had no negative reactions to it. It was then that it dawned on us that “I hope they have the Pfizer one for this booster!”
To cut a long story short, I bypassed everyone in the queue and went straight to the front to find out which jab they were giving. It was then I was told that it was the Moderna vaccine. For some reason, we went into a sort of shock. What if this one makes us really unwell? What would we do? So we decided to head back home, pray about it and try to get some more information.
I called up my doctor to find out from the receptionist if she had any information regarding the booster jab. They didn’t. And my doctor hadn’t started offering the booster jab yet.
Then last week we got a text from our doctor to say that they were giving out the Autumn Covid booster so did we want to be booked in? There were no time slots available. You just had to turn up the next Sunday between 10 AM and 3 PM. We jumped at the chance and decided to go at about 9:45 so that we would be at the front of the queue. We enquired about which brand they had and the receptionist told us that the only one being offered was Moderna! Shoot! We decided to just go with it. Nothing we could do!
Fast forward to today, Monday, October 17, and we had the jab yesterday. We had it at our doctor’s surgery which is a nice, clean facility with enough seating and parking spaces (we walked there). The Pfizer jab. It so happened that when we went into the practitioner to get it done, we asked whether Moderna was the only brand they were doing and she told us no, they had a few of the Pfizer ones available.
Last night, my arm felt sore. This morning, I woke up with a slightly runny nose and I feel achy all over. Not serious pains though. I am not sure if the pains are related to getting the jab or to the fact that we walked a lot after that and also went shopping, taking the grocery back home in our backpacks!
All in all, hopefully, we will be free of any serious effects if we happen to catch Covid. We also took the flu jab a month or so ago so that should be good. I am happy we got the jabs for Covid ( the Autumn Booster).
How about you? Are you having any of the jabs? Let us know if you have a preference for one or the other.