In our last exciting chapter, back in March, COVID-19 had settled down in Victoria, and largely disappeared. Life pretty much returned back to normal except overseas travel was near-impossible, and you had to wear a mask on PT.
It couldn’t last. Another outbreak is now upon us in Melbourne.
My view: no matter where you are in Australia, enough dilly-dallying – it’s time to get vaccinated.
For the over 50s, there seems to be plenty of Astra Zenica out there. There is a small (but not zero) risk. But authorities have now got a much better understanding of how to recognise and treat the side effects if they occur.
I just got my first dose of AZ today. I would have done it earlier, but when I tried to book a few weeks ago when it first opened for people in their 50s, they didn’t have any locally. At the time, the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak returning seemed remote, so I foolishly went and did my flu shot instead.
That was a mistake, because you have to wait a fortnight after that before a COVID shot – and as we now know, there has indeed been another outbreak, with a 7-day lockdown commencing on Thursday night.
At present you can’t book for the State mass vaccination centres online – you have to ring up, which can be time-consuming. But over-50s (and others in groups 1a, 1b, 2a) can book via the Federal government web site for a local GP clinic.
This turned out to work well. I found a local one (not my regular) which had an available booking. And kudos to them – on the day it was very smooth, with staff checking people in and getting you vaccinated and into the post-jab waiting very quickly. No lollipop, but overall a quick and easy experience, and despite the Feds’ repeatedly saying “it’s not a race”, this local practice was obviously set up to churn through people as quickly (and safely) as possible. Good stuff.
Given the outbreak, you probably don’t need any encouragement now, but I’d suggest if like me you’re eligible for a shot now and have no pre-existing conditions, go for it. If you do have pre-existing conditions, especially if you’re only eligible for AZ, talk to your GP first.
This does not constitute medical advice. Make up your own damn mind.
- Victoria: Vaccination info. Right now under 50s and those wanting to use the State mass vaccination hubs need to ring to book. If you’re 50 and over and are happy to use a local GP clinic, you can book online – this is what I used. The local clinic made it quick and easy.
- Meanwhile, if you want a little light relief:
Update 30/5/2021: Added a little more detail above about the experience of booking and getting my vaccination. A day later, the only noticeable thing is some soreness where the needle went in.
I know some people don't feel so good after the AZ jab, but happily the only thing I'm feeling 24 hours later is a slightly sore upper arm where the needle went in.💉💪 pic.twitter.com/KKZDHG9AJB— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) May 30, 2021