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35 minutes ago, JoeyT said:

Well the J&J vaccine is coming in strong.

The graphics really appealing to my inner teenager 😂

 

 

28 minutes ago, balthazarstarbuck said:

And that’s why J&J stands for Johnson and Johnson.

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I'm glad it wasn't just me who saw that!

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2 minutes ago, squirrelarmy said:

NHS still hasn’t returned to normal. I’m due to have some quite major surgery at some point soon and that operation has been delayed until the hospital can safely do it. 
 

Most elective surgeries aren’t getting a look in. 

This is so true!! And i feel really guilty when i have a bad day and just want my op done!! They are doing a really good job but its such a difficult situation because ieven the planned surgeries are not guarenteed and covid dependent!! Such a mix of feelings!!

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11 minutes ago, parsonjack said:

It is.  I'm 57 so Group 8 and not heard anything as yet about an invite.  We were blasting through previous groups here in Mendip but it's def slowed the last week or so.

I think the groups get bigger as we move through them, or at least so far, due to demographics. There are more 50-60 year olds than 70-80 year olds, etc. Not sure if the rates of jabs/day has dropped off.

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40 minutes ago, crazyfool1 said:

which makes me wonder why is the flu vaccine so rubbish in comparison ?  is it because flu changes more ? 

What @incident said...plus, these Covid vaccines are specifically made to target the exact virus we are trying to defend against. Our flu jabs are more strain-specific than variant specific (to use terms that we are now all becoming familiar with!). So they target major features the variants within a strain have in common, but aren’t completely redesigned every year (we combine what we have for the most prevalent types...so for example, the quadrivalent one hits 4 different strains). While we have “accepted” a degree of flu-related deaths each year, we don’t have to and I’m genuinely excited to see what genetic vaccines can do for our annual fight against flu! 

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45 minutes ago, crazyfool1 said:

which makes me wonder why is the flu vaccine so rubbish in comparison ?  is it because flu changes more ? 

The flu vaccine isn’t rubbish, it’s only routinely given to over 50s and the uptake is about 75%. As we all know from Covid as we’re all experts on things like efficacy now, no vaccine is 100% effective which includes the flu vaccine. Even if 100% of over 50s were vaccinated some people would still die from it because the flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective.

A maximum of 20,000 deaths a year in a population of 66m is tragic for those involved, but it is not a lot (for a virus that mutates endlessly) in the wider scheme of things, and like Covid a high majority of those deaths will be in particularly elderly and unwell people whose immune systems won’t take much to tip them over the edge, if it wasn’t flu it could be something else.

The Covid vaccines aren’t rubbish but if we get deaths down to flu levels for it every year we’ll be doing well.

Also from an infrastructure point of view, millions are vaccinated for flu every year and it’s already a very slick operation irrespective of Covid, but again even if you vaccinated the whole country against Flu you’d still get a few thousand deaths, just like we always will with Covid.

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1 minute ago, Deaf Nobby Burton said:

The flu vaccine isn’t rubbish, it’s only routinely given to over 50s and the uptake is about 75%. As we all know from Covid as we’re all experts on things like efficacy now, no vaccine is 100% effective which includes the flu vaccine. Even if 100% of over 50s were vaccinated some people would still die from it because the flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective.

A maximum of 20,000 deaths a year in a population of 66m is tragic for those involved, but it is not a lot (for a virus that mutates endlessly) in the wider scheme of things, and like Covid a high majority of those deaths will be in particularly elderly and unwell people whose immune systems won’t take much to tip them over the edge, if it wasn’t flu it could be something else.

The Covid vaccines aren’t rubbish but if we get deaths down to flu levels for it every year we’ll be doing well.

Also from an infrastructure point of view, millions are vaccinated for flu every year and it’s already a very slick operation irrespective of Covid, but again even if you vaccinated the whole country against Flu you’d still get a few thousand deaths, just like we always will with Covid.

apologies if that appeared flippant or throw away .... I was just intrigued in the comparison ... Ive had my flu jab for 10 years now and won't hesitate again ... this year was the slickest ever ... I had a 4 min window I think ... quite incredible 

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23 minutes ago, JoeyT said:

It must vary vastly from hospital to hospital.

My Dad has an elective op happening in the next 2 weeks at the RUH hospital in Bath.

The SW hasn’t been hit as hard as West Yorkshire. Cases are still climbing here. 

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5 minutes ago, crazyfool1 said:

apologies if that appeared flippant or throw away .... I was just intrigued in the comparison ... Ive had my flu jab for 10 years now and won't hesitate again ... this year was the slickest ever ... I had a 4 min window I think ... quite incredible 

Oh I didn’t think you were being flippant at all, it’s just that it’s the nature of viruses, and vaccines, especially one like flu with an endless ability to mutate. I think it was someone else who mentioned using the Covid infrastructure for flu, but I don’t think it’s necessary, trying to vaccinate everyone below 50 (aside from people who are advised to have it) just wouldn’t be worth it and they already comfortably vaccinate anyone above that age that wants it.

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My wife’s hospital now has zero (yes zero) designated Covid wards!

There are that few patients currently in the hospital with Covid, that they can allocate them into their own side / barrier rooms for treatment and recovery. Looks like the end may now actually be in sight!

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https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/exclusive-nhs-in-london-asked-to-plan-for-possible-covid-surge-later-in-2021/7029605.article

Exclusive: NHS in London asked to plan for ‘possible covid surge later in 2021’

They claim to have seen a leaked document which asks them to plan for another surge, you have to wonder where they think this surge is coming from if most people are vaccinated.

The guy seems to be a proper journalist,

https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/british-journalism-awards-for-specialist-media-2018-inside-housing-named-publication-of-the-year-full-list-of-winners/

The prize for Investigation of the Year went to James Illman of the Health Service Journal for his work looking at the East of England Ambulance Services Trust, one of the worst performers in the country on the most urgent response times.

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Just now, gizmoman said:

They claim to have seen a leaked document which asks them to plan for another surge, you have to wonder where they think this surge is coming from if most people are vaccinated.

Plan for a possible surge.

They also plan for a possible nuclear attack.

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6 minutes ago, incident said:

Plan for a possible surge.

They also plan for a possible nuclear attack.

Fair comment, and in fact there is bound to be a "surge" of sorts from whatever the base level is at the end of summer as we will not be rid of Covid totally and not everyone will have the vaccine, there is also a surge in Flu cases as we enter winter, the point being made is why they have to be warned now about what they must know is an inevitable event. Are the NHS in london so out of touch with whats going on?

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17 minutes ago, gizmoman said:

https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/exclusive-nhs-in-london-asked-to-plan-for-possible-covid-surge-later-in-2021/7029605.article

Exclusive: NHS in London asked to plan for ‘possible covid surge later in 2021’

They claim to have seen a leaked document which asks them to plan for another surge, you have to wonder where they think this surge is coming from if most people are vaccinated.

The guy seems to be a proper journalist,

https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/british-journalism-awards-for-specialist-media-2018-inside-housing-named-publication-of-the-year-full-list-of-winners/

The prize for Investigation of the Year went to James Illman of the Health Service Journal for his work looking at the East of England Ambulance Services Trust, one of the worst performers in the country on the most urgent response times.

Unless the vaccines are 100% effective there will definitely be a surge later in the year. Just as there will probably be restrictions too (we've already been told) - we need to enjoy the summer and I definitely won't be booking any gigs for after September this year. 

Bit concerned by the Daily Mail's front page claiming NHS staff will be forced to take the vaccine too - there aren't exactly loads ready to step into their shoes so if that happens the NHS will be down on numbers which won't help matters 

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10 hours ago, stuartbert two hats said:

After a bit of a blip where it looked like cases were going to go up all over Manchester, quite spectacular daily declines in pretty much every borough:

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It’s all my fault...as I reside in between Bury and Bolton, consistently the worst!

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Had some bad side effects from my Oxford jab. Arm started to progressively ache as the day went on and then I started feeling a bit cold but hot to touch, but the fun really started going to bed. I barely slept a wink and was very hot to touch but felt extremely cold, headache, arm really aching by this point. I feel slightly better this morning but still feel very feverish and arm ache is quite bad! 

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8 minutes ago, hodgey123 said:

Had some bad side effects from my Oxford jab. Arm started to progressively ache as the day went on and then I started feeling a bit cold but hot to touch, but the fun really started going to bed. I barely slept a wink and was very hot to touch but felt extremely cold, headache, arm really aching by this point. I feel slightly better this morning but still feel very feverish and arm ache is quite bad! 

Hope you get over it soon! Have you had covid before btw?

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