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Will you take the Covid-19 vaccine when you are offered it?

The NHS is on standby to roll out a coronavirus vaccine from December, with people in the UK likely to be among the first in the world to receive the jab.

The two front-runners in the Covid-19 vaccine race are US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, which is working with German biotech company BioNTech, and Oxford University, working with AstraZeneca.

Preliminary findings from Pfizer suggest its jab is more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19.

Data on the Oxford vaccine, which is in phase three of clinical trials, is expected within weeks.

The UK Government has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with about 10 million of these to arrive before the end of this year.

England’s deputy chief medical officer has said he would be “at the front of the queue” if he could to show that Covid-19 jabs are safe, as he offered to work weekends and evenings to vaccinate people himself.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said Britain is poised for the “most important vaccination programme we’ve done for decades” and has even told his own mother to be ready to get her vaccine.

Mr Hancock said the military and NHS staff were on standby to roll out a vaccine across the UK from the start of December, and will work “seven days a week” to do so.

It will be delivered through care homes, GPs and pharmacists, as well as “go-to” vaccination centres set up in venues such as sports halls.

Mr Hancock said the UK will be among the first countries in the world able to do this.

What are your views? Will you be happy to take the vaccine when you are offered it?

Will you take the Covid-19 vaccine when you are offered it?

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Trillium
1 days ago
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I would like to resume travelling which has been on hold since I returned home on March 15th of this year ... so yes, I would be inoculated against Covid-19 just so I can back to having adventures in vastly different cultures so I can learn and grow.
Trillium
Garve0148
1 days ago
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Bring it on anything to get back possible as we can. My retirement didn't have a great start with the pandemic but hopefully will get better
Retiredyorkie
2 days ago
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Not quite sure - everything seems to have been rushed - I realise the necessity for speed - but - as there been too many short cuts ?
Tallguy01
3 days ago
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Having given the situation some thought, and processed the information on the testing regimes available to date,my conclusion is to accept the Vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

Given the current situation in respect to life etc., I feel that on this occassion I must follow the science and go with the vaccine.

First and foremost in mind is the safety of all mankind, not just from Covid, but from all the other situations that the current restrictions cause - i.e. Mental Illness etc.

It dosen't happen often but sometimes and I use 'we' have to take a chance in life for the good of all, and this is one of those occassions.
Casualgrey
4 days ago
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We have hoped long enough for the vaccine ..,.. now it's nearly here, all us over 50's must be immunised ASAP
The vaccine is made to UK standards I do not see a problem with it
Dhunmabakin35
5 days ago
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I have underlying lung conditions, I wear a face covering every time I go out even though I have an excuse not to. I am tired of a minority saying the Covid-19 is a hoax, the vaccine is not safe, thus possibly endangering the lives of the most vulnerable. Let us just accept the vaccination when offered it, this will be the quickest way to returning to something like normal. The vaccines will have been tested and approved by the various international organisations, Keep an open mind.
Mrsnannybee70
6 days ago
1
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I won't be at the front of the queue - I'll accept the risk and wait a while
swaneldo
24th Nov 2020
2
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I will consider it ..... once every member of Parliament and their families have shown their confidence in its safety by having the vaccine and consequently have no side effects over the following year.
ElisabethR
23rd Nov 2020
0
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Yes as soon as possible. I have underlying health issues and am sick of shielding. From what I understand it has been tested by thousands.
Bev61
23rd Nov 2020
3
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i am not sure, it normally takes years for vaccines to get completed.
viking
21st Nov 2020
3
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Lots of comment , yes or no etc
At the end of the day would anyone on this site who has taken the vaccine let us all know if there were any side effects. Those who do not survive need not comment.
Lionel
22nd Nov 2020
0
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Retiredyorkie
2 days ago
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Well that is one way of looking at it - had a little chuckle at your last comment.
Mozy
21st Nov 2020
1
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I’m very reticent about pumping different vaccines into my body, but I think this time I must ,the threat of Covid 19 is too vast to ignore ,a killer virus that takes no prisoners
mmmbbb
21st Nov 2020
4
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My husband and I have joined a Vaccine trial, We hope that by participating another safe vaccine will be brought on line quickly.
It does seem to be the only way to control this virus.
Retiredyorkie
2 days ago
0
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Thank you for your participation you are a very brave couple
Tr1sh
20th Nov 2020
1
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I wouldn't be first in the queue but, if and when a vaccine is available and I am offered it, I would, yes.
rubysgran
20th Nov 2020
1
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its worth a try,nothing else on offer at the moment
JeanneM5
20th Nov 2020
2
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Not enough time spent on it rushed out to quickly
PaulineM7
20th Nov 2020
2
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It has been rushed out and I would be reluctant to have it.
AnnW5
20th Nov 2020
2
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I am not sure about the vaccine? I am in two minds about it. Is it safe? has it been rushed out? Sometimes side effects take a while to show up. I probably will end up taking it but not right away.
flash1701
20th Nov 2020
2
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I will have the vaccine as soon as it is available.
cehodgson
20th Nov 2020
0
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It’s worth a try
Dellboy56
20th Nov 2020
5
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Oh Boy, This should really be a no brainer, given I'm lucky enough to live in a very low infection rate to begin with...but...there's always a 'but' right? As said by others the speed at which these vacines have been developed has me suspicious, like many our age the word 'Thalidomide', enters conversation. I know science has moved on apace since but the speed of these vacines is something else! So, at the moment I'm gonna sit on the fence as not entirly convinced.....
jeaniembe
20th Nov 2020
2
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I will be having it. Thalidomide was caused by drugs not a vaccine. Yes it does appear to have been quick. However most other vaccines have been formed over a longer period because there are far less people working on them. This has had everything thrown at it. Obviously there are antvaxxers e.g. MMR Jab but these fears were discredited years ago. People still believe it even though the so called Doctor was struck off. That is why these illnesses are now again causing problems.
ElisabethR
23rd Nov 2020
0
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Agree but so many more people have been in the trials than normal so surely if there were any nasty side effects we would be more aware. Don't think any of the producers of these vaccines would take any chances. Think of the costs when people sued.... Lol
Darkstar
18th Nov 2020
1
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I will have the vaccine. It seems the only way we are going to get back to some normality.
Persimone
18th Nov 2020
1
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I think we have a duty to ourselves and others to do anything that will stop the virus from spreading and - hopefully - eliminate it
Davidmm
17th Nov 2020
5
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As I am in my eighties now and my health is not (heart/kidneys etc) all that good I will take this vaccine. The reason being 4 grand children 2 children and the most wonderful wife that a person could have and she is allot younger than myself.

Since this thing has appeared on this earth I have kept my self to the best of my knowledge clear of it. I would hate to pass it on to my family. Wash your hands wear the mask and keep your distance stick to the rules please.

Would you like to see your family in the hospital suffering and not being able to hold their hands and give them a cuddle and to say good bye. WASH YOUR HANDS WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. OBEY THE RULES

I know I have had a good life some ups and downs but I would rather go when I want to not when I am pushed.
So please take the vaccine.
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Lakejinny
17th Nov 2020
1
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I had moderate Covid mid April, hopefully I have some immunity. I'm really not sure about the vaccine, they have worked so hard to develop it but I'm worried about any side affects. Maybe I would think differently if I was in a more vulnerable group.
justbecause7566
15th Nov 2020
3
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Any vaccine that takes under a year to create is in my opinion as not proven.
mercury
14th Nov 2020
1
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Absolutely not. I'm healthy, fit and wouldn't dream of having a vaccine that's been rushed through and untested. I know nobody in my area who has died so far of Covid and suspect that many reported deaths are of other diseases which leave people vulnerable to the virus which certainly isn't the same as "dying from Covid".
jeanmark
14th Nov 2020
4
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Mercury, that's not really accurate, if you have an underlying condition that makes you more vulnerable to Covid-19, become infected with Covid-19 and die as a result, that is a death that is attributed to Covid-19. The fact you know of no-one in your area that has died from Covid-19, thats on the assumption you know the cause of death of everyone in your area, doesn't mean people are not dying from the disease.

I assume you are aware that there are many people who were fit and healthy until they caught the virus and died as a result. There are even more who have caught the virus, recovered but are now suffering Long Covid.
Reebe
14th Nov 2020
1
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Will definitely be happy to have this vaccination. Lockdown is beginning to really get to me, feel as those it will never end. So, bring on that vaccination, I'm ready and waiting.
viking
14th Nov 2020
-1
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Been sitting with my calculator, and just can not make the numbers add up.
If each vaccine contains baby foetus etc and the number of vaccine shots they hope to manufacture, then there are just not enough babies to cover all these shots.
Before those " experts " rush to deny, realise that just a smidgeon is used for each shot. Even so where are the babies that are required ????
tetty137
13th Nov 2020
-6
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There is no way I will have a vaccine that has not been thoroughly tested for at least 2 year’s especially one designed to kill the elderly and infirm, that Also contains baby foetus and other nasties
ElisabethR
23rd Nov 2020
0
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What????????
Heard they were an excuse to put a microchip in us all as well.
Are you reading all the conspirator theories.
As I read it the people in nursing homes and the NHS staff get them first.
Brio2
12th Nov 2020
3
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At this point in time, I would not take the vaccine, there are still too many uncertainties around its effectivity and safety. Rushed jobs rarely achieve good results!
Yodama
12th Nov 2020
-1
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So we have a new miracle covid vaccination which will be foisted upon the population whether they like it or not!
Do you have any idea what new wonder vaccination contains?

BABIES FETUSES/EMBRYO'S are being used in the covid vaccination.
HEK-293 cells that are derived from human embryonic kidney (HEK) cells is what your covid vaccination contains.
Oxford University and Astrazeneca’s amazing vaccination contains cells from “ethically” sourced human baby fetuses.

I spoke to my doctor today about this very thing, she said " it's not very nice is it?" and she is not too sure about the whole thing. Not just me then!

Anti abortion groups and church leaders are horrified and so should we be.
Are you not just a little bit suspicious of the speed in which
it was developed? They haven’t found cure for the common cold yet!

I will take my chances with Covid because the
Frankensteininian alternative cure horrifies me.
You will of course, not heard of any of this uproar from our media who will stick to the narrative of imminent death to all unless they take the “cure.”
Oh, and they will be rolling out “health” passports for all who test negative. Flawed, flawed, and criminal.
Testing has been shown to be flawed, showing thousands of “false positives.”

Population control, I have said it before, myriads of times.
jeffsoo
12th Nov 2020
2
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I will be first in line.
CarolJ73
12th Nov 2020
3
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No I will not have thus vaccine..

.not until it has been.proved to be effective and that it is safe to use ... I want to see the long term effects... not a quick rushed job

All the people saying yes need to think back to the 60s when a new wonder drug was introduced to treat morning sickness.... perfectly safe said all the drug companies and experts..... I'm talking about thalidomide.... with devastating effects on the unborn child...
simbadog
12th Nov 2020
3
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You are absolutely right to be concerned as what happened with thalidomide was horrendous and around 10,000 were affected by its use.
But it was removed from the European market 59 years ago and as a result of greater drug regulations now and far stricter safety monitoring systems I would like to think that a covid vaccine will not be just thrown at us as a rushed job!

As Benjamin Franklin once said " An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"
Yodama
12th Nov 2020
-2
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So true...no drug is totally safe.
jeanmark
13th Nov 2020
3
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CarolJ73, Thalidomide isn't a good example to use as an objection for a new vaccine. The drug was originally intended as a sedative or tranquilliser, however, it was noted to help with morning sickness, sadly the drug had never been tested for use in pregnancy, that's what led to the tragedies. .
jeaniembe
20th Nov 2020
2
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That was a drug not a vaccine! Totally different.
Ariadne
11th Nov 2020
2
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Looks as though I am on my own with this debate , I have never had a flu jab, and I stopped my mother having it ,because it made her so ill. The flu strain changes every year ,so, it's highly probable that you are not covered for this years type. . I have just read that the Covid virus has spread it's wings and changed, so the intended vaccine may be useless. ,bit like the flu virus.
Being positive helps us all to keep well,I am well ,and intend to stay so. as I hope everyone does,
jeanmark
15th Nov 2020
4
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Ariadne, because of the constant evolving nature of influenza viruses (as with other viruses), it is continuously monitored and the annual flu jab is based the predicted strain for that year. This prediction is for the most virulent strain for that year. Any vaccine that is developed understands mutation, it is not quite as simple as "it changes therefore the vaccine won't work".

Vaccination programmes are not just to protect an individual, it also serves to protect the community, hence the term 'herd immunity'. But herd immunity only works if the majority of people are vaccinated and thus those people who are unable to receive vaccines because of underlying problems are protected. If a large number of people choose not to be vaccinated they are putting other people at risk who may not be so lucky if they become infected.
Ariadne
16th Nov 2020
-2
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Well, what ever your reasons are about jabs of any shape or performance ,you have overlooked or chose to ignore MY reason for not being part of the HERD , I am hardly likely to infect anyone ,if I do not carry said germs, viruses ,and remain healthy year after year without the vaccination ,which ,after all does pump said germs into bodies. My mother was ill after these
"vaccinations " every year ,so ,I stopped her having it .and ,she never looked back No feeling ill ,no,cough ,no snotty nose ever again, She lived until she was 98. I rest my case, AND there is no reason for you to be SO aggressive . Bodies weren't intended to be stuffed with chemicals .and ,if left alone to do what they are good at ,,,they will heal themselves.
jeanmark
16th Nov 2020
4
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I apologise Ariadne, it was not my intention to sound aggressive.

I have to disagree with the belief that bodies heal themselves, there are many times a body will not heal itself. As to your not wanting to be part of a herd, that;s your choice but do you leave your house? Also, did you never receive any vaccinations as a child, what about polio, diphtheria, rubella. to name but a few, all of which benefitted us all with herd immunity. A worldwide vaccination programme wiped out smallpox.

You may have been healthy year after year but that does not mean you are immune, just lucky, it only takes one thing like a virus to change all of that.

I accept the Covid-19 vaccine is too early for the news media and our Health Minster to celebrate a miracle.
Ariadne
16th Nov 2020
0
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I think that no human wishes to be regarded as part of a herd.
What I was subjected to when i was a child, .was not my choice .Now as an adult with freedom of choice in most matters ,I choose to ignore idealists like yourself ,.Proof , on all matters is needed. I suggested to the government ,that all our water supplies ,dams ,reservoirs be tested . WE all drink water ,. They checked sewage farms , and found the virus .What goes into our bodies ,will exit , Logically it's impossible for such masses of people to contract the virus ,if they are on the whole ,IN LOCK DOWN .
jeanmark
16th Nov 2020
3
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Ariadne, it appears your response to my comments relating to the above ave not been put on this page. But having received a copy this is how I respond to that.

The term 'Herd' is used in Infectious disease management to describe a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached. It is used as a way of stopping the spread, its aim is to protect people from a virus, not by exposing them to it. Other terms are community or population immunity but most people usually understand the term 'herd' without interpreting as a negative term.

You are right that as an adult we tend to have freedom of choice. However, a whole community should not be put at risk by an individual choice. You may wish to follow the anti-vaccine movement, but I'm a realist not an idealist. There is plenty of proof for the benefit of vaccination, a simple example is the eradication of smallpox.

As to lockdown, this only works if everyone complies, but we have all seen those who decide to make their own choices and ignore the rules, or deny there is such a things as a virus. As of today there are 1/2 million active case in the UK alone so logically the masses can be infected by the few.

You have accused me of being an idealist but as already stated I am a realist, but then my knowledge of disease control is based on working and managing an Infectious Disease Unit for a number of years. I have no idea where yours comes from.

Incidentally, Covid-19 is a respiratory virus with transmission being through person to person contact and through direct contact with respiratory droplets. There is currently no evidence that people can catch Covid-19 from food or food packaging - or from drinking tap water.
Ariadne
17th Nov 2020
-2
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PLEASE ,,go back to your soap box in Hyde Park.
simbadog
17th Nov 2020
3
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You are absolutely right Jeanmark!
The introduction of the child vaccination programme in the 1950s helped to cut child mortality rates significantly. More recently the World Health Organisation estimates that at least 10 million deaths were prevented between 2020 and 2015 thanks to vaccinations delivered around the world
simbadog
17th Nov 2020
1
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jeanmark
17th Nov 2020
5
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Ariadne, how sad that you are unable to give the rationale for you decision to belong to the anti-vaccination movement, other than to state your mother was once ill following a flu jab. I gave an explanation as to why I believe vaccination programmes are important and your response - get back up on your soap box. I assume you are unable to give a rational answer for our stance...
jeaniembe
20th Nov 2020
1
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The flu Jan changes too.
jeaniembe
20th Nov 2020
1
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The first person I've come across who can guarantee they won't catch anything!
jeaniembe
20th Nov 2020
2
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You haven't come across as aggressive although at times I do feel quite angry myself. Your posts are very sensible and informative.
jeaniembe
20th Nov 2020
1
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Seems you don't like someone talking sense!
jeaniembe
20th Nov 2020
2
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You appear to be very well informed. When someone doesn't have a reasoned response, some will resort to what they think are insults. They then lose any rationality.
Ariadne
20th Nov 2020
0
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Ariadne
20th Nov 2020
0
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I gather that you think that I am "Brain Dead "
I am as informed as I wish to be , You are one of the "Know All
breeds ,that I gladly ,,very gladly , do not belong to .
I do hope you won''t waste any more of my time..So,PUSH OFF ,and pick on someone who cares ..
Ariadne
20th Nov 2020
-2
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I see that no one else is bothering to join in with your nonsense.
jeanmark
20th Nov 2020
3
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I nursed many a person who believed that - what a surprise when they found themselves in hospital!
jeanmark
20th Nov 2020
3
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Ariadne, they probably recognise it isn't nonsense...
Mozy
21st Nov 2020
1
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Well I’m having the vaccine ,my mum had the flue jab every year she passed at 99 ,so hopefully I have her genes
Ariadne
21st Nov 2020
-1
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Will be good if you do,You take after your ma,I took after mine
Take care x
silverhair
24th Nov 2020
0
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never had the flu jab after seeing my parents suffer badly from it and looking after them for several weeks because they were so ill.
JE
11th Nov 2020
1
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Assuming it is cleared as completely safe, yes I will have the vaccine when offered. Although having seen the governments priority list, it could be a while before they get down to me.
simbadog
11th Nov 2020
5
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Absolutely! It's what we have been waiting for to enable us to get on with life.

Firstly protect those who expose themselves to the virus everyday with their vital work and then those who are most vulnerable. The rest of us, hopefully it will allow us to live as we did pre covid and get the economy back on it's feet
Wilf
11th Nov 2020
4
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Yes of course I want to get on with life
DaphneR
11th Nov 2020
1
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I meant covid jag !
DaphneR
11th Nov 2020
1
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I get my flu jag on 30th November is it safe to have covid in early December. I am 78
VeraW7
11th Nov 2020
4
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yes I would have it, It has been passed as safe so why not. if it helps prevent it being caught.
vickyk39
11th Nov 2020
2
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Prévention like the flu Jab we take hoping to avoid getting the virus ....so yes when offered would have .
anubis
11th Nov 2020
5
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I am 72 with COPD and other health issues its my only way out of shielding I need to be here to care for my autistic grandson as long as possible and be here for all my family I will happily do anything that helps
Cullomptmum
11th Nov 2020
3
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As I am only 60, have no medical conditions and no longer work for the NHS, I shall be way down the list. Not holding my breath.

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