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COVID Jab a walk in the park

Graham Vine, BHA's specialist Housing Officer, recently took his mother in law for her first COVID-19 vaccination and shares their experience.

Yesterday I took my 80-year-old mother in law to be vaccinated at Brimfield Street Health Centre in Caledonian road.

There was a safely distanced queue to reception. Inside within minutes, we were given a squirt of hand sanitiser and sent to a freshly sanitised seat. After a few minutes we went to another room for a short wait then onto a private area.

Here a very calm and patient woman checked June’s medical history and told her she’d be getting the Oxford Astra vaccine. ‘That’s fine,’ we said. It was over in a flash. We next moved to another freshly sanitised area with a stopwatch set to go off in 15 minutes – and a card for June to return in 12 weeks.

We could have stayed longer but June was fine so we left. June has had no symptoms other than a slightly numb arm. Please do get your vaccine when it is offered. It’s the only way out for all of us.


Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you and other people who come into contact with you. It may not stop you catching the virus, or getting it a second time, but should make you far less likely to be very ill or suffer for months, as many have. The vaccine is given in two doses, with the first making you better protected.

The vaccine is free and is your passport to a safer world.

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