This lockdown has been easier for me than the first one. I haven’t been so petrified of catching the virus and dying, basically. And the pressure cooker of life just really got heavy on everybody first time round, there were fights and violence all over the shop.
Thankfully, I’ve had both vaccines now as I’ve been volunteering at a mass vaccination centre. On my very first shift I was very fortunate and got the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccination by a bit of luck. Then last Friday I got my second one.
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I’m just so glad I’ve got it, it means all the arguments in Europe can’t now get in the way. After the first one, it was like a weight had dropped off my back. It’s quite a big relief when you get that first jab.
You don’t realise, but you’re carrying a lot of weight being stressed about going into shops, about getting on buses. So when you get it you go, Oh! I’m not now going to end up in hospital with a major virus. That’s the difference. It was a touch emotional because I’m a single person, I was adopted then put back into care, so I’ve got no family whatsoever. It’s just me and my little dog Geezer. So I was more worried for him than I was for me really.
I’ve nearly died in hospital before so I wasn’t scared of that but I was worried because it would affect my dog. When I got the jab I just thought, well thank God for that.