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Covid Vaccinations

Good sunny morning all I'm a 24/7 sole carer for my 93 year old mum who is housebound.

Mum got her call for the vaccination to be done at home and I asked if I could have mine too at the same time as I'm her sole carer.

I was told no; that I would get mine a week later at a centre some 5 miles away (my surgery is a short walk across the road and a chemist the same distance away). I explained I couldn't leave mum for more than 30 mins max; had nobody else to babysit; and could I get it done at the surgery/chemist so I can get out; sit for 15 minutes; rather than have to drive to the centre; wait there and probably not be back for over an hour.

I was told no and told to 'get someone to stay with her'. I fully appreciate things are a little fraught at the moment, especially with us in the London area, but this really isn't acceptable for unpaid, full-time carers who have no family to step in when needed.

Our friends are also of the same age and have their own families to consider and every person who comes through the door is a potential threat to myself and my mum. I really don't mind waiting a bit longer as I know there are more worthy recipients ahead of me, but to immediately dismiss it, and with such bad grace, is just stupid, especially when I give 2 alternative solutions which are in the best interests of a 93 year old who only has me to look after her and is prone to thinking she can still walk and in my absence will eventually start trying to find me or be desperate for the loo.

The general feeling I get throughout is that we are unacceptable nuisances as mum is disabled (shock horror at 93!) and I am so utterly ridiculous as to want to look after her in the final years of her life and make her as happy, safe and comfortable as I can.

This does nothing for the 'compliance' of the nation if we are hitting brick walls when we are willing to have a vaccine and trying to arrange this.

Created By on 22/01/2021

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