Easter buns and the AstraZeneca vaccine

Ben had his vaccination appointment today and it was all very smooth. It was at the mass vaccination centre near the airport. There was no queue, he walked in, got the jab, then had to sit and wait for 20 minutes to make sure he didn’t have an allergic reaction.

Ben said there were dozens of booths all spread out in a large exhibition hall. There were about 50 or 60 people in the waiting area for people who’d already had a jab.

Ben had the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine and was very happy to have the chance to get it. Some other countries have paused the AZ vaccine over fears of blood clots. Apparently the risk of developing blood clots after having the vaccine is 1 in 600,000. Compare this to the risk of death from covid if you’re under 40 at 1 in 1000 and it’s still a no-brainer to have the vaccine (Ben is over 50 so his risk is higher). A young woman taking the pill has a 1 in 10,000 risk of developing a blood clot. People are irrational and tend not to understand risk very well.

Thankfully most people in the UK are still getting the jab despite the blood clotting news in all the papers. The rollout here has been terrific and a triumph for the country and especially for the NHS. It’s a new world in the morning.

Ben is feeling achy and feverish now so I made him a hottie and put it under the covers in bed but Victoria found it first.

Ben made hot cross buns today which he does every year for Easter.

They were delicious.

Happy Easter everyone!

10 thoughts on “Easter buns and the AstraZeneca vaccine”

  1. I found out anecdotally from friends that no one knows anyone who has reacted to the Pfizer jab but several people were achy after the AZ. I still think it’s worth it though.
    I thought of you last week as our cat had to be euthanised and I think it might have been you who said you couldn’t have a dog again because it is so sad when a dog leaves you. I think that would be true – our cat was not the type to show a lot of affection, as a dog can, but it’s very sad when they stop showing interest in anything, to think about how strong and agile they used to be.

    1. I’m really sorry to hear about your cat. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. We haven’t had Victoria long and I already know I’ll be distraught when her time comes.They become part of the family.

      1. Thank you for that. I’m starting to remember the good times with her more and feeling grateful she had a happy life – we rescued her from a farm where they did not have their cats neutered and not all of the kittens went on to have a long and happy life.

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