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Just wondering how many have changed their minds in the past few months as to whether to accept or reject an invitation to have the vaccination.

I didn't change my own mind, I accepted the invite (and don't regret doing so).

davidstockport
16 days ago
What do you think of this?
Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap16 days ago

I haven't had the opportunity yet but will definitely have it when offered. My partner wasn't sure but I just ignored his concerns and talked like he was having it until he did. Our daughter hates needles but she gonna have it aswell trust me πŸ˜€ unfortunately my two boys not eligible as only 4 and 6

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx16 days ago

I've not had a invitation don't know when that will be but no I've still not changed my mind I won't be having it

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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16 days ago

You're quite free to decide for yourself, and you're quite free to change your mind should you wish to do so. (I tend to think, from things said elsewhere, that more have changed from WILL NOT to WILL).

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx16 days ago

davidstockport That maybe so im not one if these who don't believe in covid and I don't judge people who get the vaccine that's up to them what I don't like is that some people think im wrong for not wanting it

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Golfforall
Golfforall16 days ago

Leannexxx You obviously have your reasons which is fine and obviously your right . What if you needed to have had the jab to go on holiday , which is pretty certain , or needed it to get in a cinema , nightclub or restaurant (unlikely until the majority have had the opportunity to get one ).

It's a bit like wearing a mask (face covering ) we don't wear them to protect ourselves we wear them to protect everyone else - and hope everyone else wears them to protect ourselves .

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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16 days ago

Leannexxx People are entitled to think you wrong - just as you are entitled to think them wrong. But always remember there is never any shame in changing your mind. (either way)- I might have changed mine if I found out before I had mine that it was harmful in any way).

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx16 days ago

Golfforall all the things you said I don't do any of them so that doesn't bother me I still wear my mask or a face covering I wash my hand none stop I do what I can to protect me my family so its not on me to protect everyone else I don't mean that to sound horrible

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Lynibis
Lynibis16 days ago

Leannexxx it does sound pretty naff though. You don't care if you pass it to someone, who MIGHT die. Do what you like but I see you haven't given a single viable reason for not having it whereas it is very clear why the majority ARE having it.

Do you mind me asking if you have had any other vaccinations, mmr, flu, etc.?

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx16 days ago

Lynibis hold on a min I can't have it because I'm pregnant I shouldn't even have to explain myself and like I said i do what I can to protect myself so in a way in still protecting others I've self isolated when I've needed to I've followed every rule going

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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16 days ago

Leannexxx Hope all goes well, I'm reasonably certain that those of us who can and do have the vaccine have no issue with those who, for any reason, are unable to have it, and that they are protected by us.

I also hope that people have no issues with anyone's decision (either way).

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Lynibis
Lynibis16 days ago

Leannexxx that's fine but if you don't say a reason, people will jump to conclusions, as I did. You cannot expect folk to be mind readers but by the same reasoning if you don't want to say why it is better to say nothing as your post did sound anti vaccine for no good reason.

I too have followed all the rules and have even given up working and earning in order to stay home, which of course is mainly to protect me, but it is also protecting my colleagues too.

I am not eligible for any help and things have been tough but I would sooner be alive and poor than dead with money in the bank.

I am having my jab on Wednesday and cannot wait, just wish you didn't have to wait 3 weeks for it to take effect.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx15 days ago

Lynibis i shouldn't have to say why I won't be having and im far from anti vaccinations, im glad that millions for people who can have it are getting it the quicker the better but I still believe that there will be some problems with it down the line only because its still a new vaccine and its not safe for everyone

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap15 days ago

If your pregnant probably far down list and will have had baby before your turn Leannexxx

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx15 days ago

Imnotcheap yeah I know ive spoken to my doctor and hes still saying that im not having it because hes not 100% how it will effect me or my baby

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE15 days ago

Lynibis and Leannexxx I have to agree with Lynibis .... but with an explanation below ... I read your post as if there was something about the vaccine that meant you were refusing it and I was off to check the research as we are due for ours on Thursday. You're right that you shouldn't need to justify yourself-and you don't need to-there's no way anyone who CAN'T have it should be made to feel bad .... but the trouble with written comments is just how easily they can be misinterpreted. So, yes It might have been better not to say owt at all cos if folk don't bother to read all through the chain, they may assume a problem has arisen with the vaccine. πŸ™ƒ

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Golfforall
Golfforall16 days ago

The more data that comes in the more convinced I remain that I want it . Hundreds of millions of doses have been given worldwide including 15 million in UK . If anything the efficacy of the vaccine is even better than expected from the trials .

In Israel (where 70% of the population are vaccinated ) the first data indicates 94% efficacy at preventing the disease . So far I have not read of any problems with the vaccination but I dare say on the odd dubious website you could find something if you were of that mind .

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PinkElephant26
PinkElephant2616 days ago

At first i didnt want it - point blank, but im on the fence now. It worries me that there will be issues in the future (5/10/20 years time) that have been caused by the covid vaccine.

According to the covid vaccine calculator im not due mine until August anyway so I've got plenty of time to decide. My other half is adamant he's not having it, thats his choice at the end of the day.

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Golfforall
Golfforall16 days ago

Perhaps you need to monitor the facts as they roll out over the coming months and get your partner to do the same ? Can see problems if you get the vaccine and he doesn't . You will almost certainly require it for holidays . Once it has been offered to everyone (by about August) I can see it being required in cinemas ,nightclubs ,restaurants etc .

Perhaps its the people your partner mixes with ? In some groups it's considered clever or "cool" to go against official advice and peer pressure means that the less strong willed just go along with their social group .

We already know of many younger people who have already had their lives changed for ever by "Long Covid " that's a sad fact not speculation , many have even died (its not just an old folks disease although the elderly are more likely to die with it of course).

More data is emerging all the time , every day several million more people are having the vaccine worldwide . By the time its your turn thousands of millions of people will have had the vaccine , so that's a pretty good trial in my view .

Maybe you should discuss it with your partner drawing facts from legitimate articles and news /current affairs programs . Do you believe the respected scientists and doctors who appear on the media daily . Or do you believe your partner's mates , or the videos from the less regulated and questioned parts of the web ?

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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16 days ago

Thanks - You do confirm what I suspected PinkElephant26 (if you're "on the fence") more people are probably swinging towards accepting it than the other way.

Personally I think the issues in the future will be that there will be more people alive because of the vaccination, contributing to world over population. (oops! what might I have startedπŸ˜€)

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PinkElephant26
PinkElephant2615 days ago

Golfforall yes, i feel that between now - August there will be more known about the vaccine (good/bad).

We dont holiday abroad and dont plan to either due to me not like flying and my partner has never flown and point blank refuses to get on a plane!

In regards to 'peer pressure' with my partner (whos nearly 40)...thats not the case, he's very strong minded and is never swayed by his mates opinions and isnt one of these 'followers'. He is very much his own person and makes his own decisions, most of his mates have said they will have the vaccine and a couple already have due to working as keyworkers. His dad has just had his vaccine and my partner still isn't convinced.

Im working on him - theres still time! πŸ˜‰

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PinkElephant26
PinkElephant2615 days ago

davidstockport are you causing trouble again 🀣 i just think that maybe in 20 years time (yes lots of people may still be alive & breeding) there may be some side effect that people are suffering from due to the vaccine. I dont know, no one knows, we could all be fine and all live until were 100!!

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Golfforall
Golfforall15 days ago

PinkElephant26 I must admit I struggle to understand why anyone would be against having the vaccine . I presume you are thinking of the Thalidomide jab in the 1960s ? Medical science and testing has moved on a long way in the last 60 years .

We can never rule out what may happen to our bodies due to the vaccine in the next 10 or 20 years , but we can be fairly certain the disease will be around for 3 or 4 years at least, possibly for ever in some form waiting to kill us .

Everyone worldwide who has had the jab is being monitored and data collected . That's hundreds of millions of people currently and will be Billions by summer, people of all ages and ethnicities - A pretty large scale trial I think !

The one indisputable fact is that having the jab (probably every year or two) will give you at least 90% protection against the virus and if you don't have that protection and catch the virus you could certainly die or contract life changing "Long Covid" .

Anyway keep abreast of the facts and an eye on the news etc only you can decide but I'd make a small wager that by August you will both have come round to see that the proven advantages far outweigh any lingering possible doubts about the future effects .

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PinkElephant26
PinkElephant2615 days ago

Golfforall im not an anti-vaccine person by any means (my children are all upto date and I've had various during pregnancies) but i think you're right, by August more will be known. I hope my other half changes his mind by then but he's a stubborn git ☺

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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15 days ago

PinkElephant26 What ME causing trouble! I represent that remark!

(my hobby is starting arguments in empty rooms)πŸ˜€

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PinkElephant26
PinkElephant2615 days ago
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ldnnorton
ldnnorton16 days ago

In our house we will accept the vaccine when we do get it offered. We think that any sort of defence to help combat COVID even if not 100% has got to be better than none. I appreciate it is an individual choice and not everyone will accept - but we are all different. I just wish we could all agree to disagree on a lot of things. Life would be simpler.

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lornaae
lornaae16 days ago

I have always been eager and was incredibly pleased to have the vaccine a few weeks ago

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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16 days ago

Must assume (perhaps wrongly) if you had the vaccine a few weeks ago (as I did) that you are one of the "older generation". I've noticed that it is older people who are more in favour of accepting the invite.

Together we'll save the world! πŸ˜€

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lornaae
lornaae16 days ago

davidstockport I am not, I am a support worker so got the vaccine through my job πŸ™‚

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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16 days ago

lornaae Sorry - That's why I said "perhaps wrongly" when I assumed you were elderly. Nevertheless you're welcome to help us "Save the World"πŸ˜€ Image

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lornaae
lornaae16 days ago

davidstockport haha no problem, don’t worry!πŸ˜‚ Love the Schitt’s Creek gif also πŸ™‚

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neo1
neo116 days ago

Haven't changed my mind, i still want it when my invite arrives, infact I'm more than eager to get it

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Sugarbabe
Sugarbabe16 days ago

I had a call from my doctors to book me in for this Saturday and I said yes. My husband said he would wait to have his in a couple of weeks as he didn't want both of us to be unwell if we had a reaction. Image

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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16 days ago

I suppose that's a good enough reason as any for your husband to chicken out. (only kidding)

Good thinking though... sending you first to check things out (still kidding)πŸ˜€

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Sugarbabe
Sugarbabe16 days ago

I was thinking the same thing too Image

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Leesha86
Leesha8615 days ago

Yes, last year I was pretty sure I wouldn’t get the vaccine. Since...maybe November/December I’ve unfortunately seen a large number of people I personally know contract covid and unfortunately also lost people (youngest just 33 last week)

I’m booked in for my jab on Thursday.

I don’t judge anyone that doesn’t want the jab, at the end of the day it protects the person receiving it and not from transmitting.

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Xaxkya
Xaxkya15 days ago

I had my first dose on Friday at my GP's surgery

I met the new practice nurse who.said that she had seen my name on her list so.....had my bloods done too ,as part of my diabetic review.

Some of results in yesterday, had a phone call from the practice nurse to tell me that my kidneys are in "crisis" (again) my blood count is 6 (no wonder I've been feeling like hanging onto the floor lately) this is the first time I've seen a nurse or GP in well over a year. So...you still should be receiving appointments and not just .a phone call ...

Very few side effects from covid jag. All passed within 24hours

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jamiepownall
jamiepownall15 days ago

When it was first announced I was unsure and worried. But having done my research, I am now booked in to get mine tomorrow!

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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15 days ago

To be apprehensive of the unknown is perfectly natural, to lose the apprehension after research is common sense.πŸ˜€

I just wish more people would research from reliable sources. Then decide for themselves.

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jamiepownall
jamiepownall15 days ago

davidstockport I think it's really difficult isn't it. I think we assume sometimes that everyone will have the same knowledge regarding reliable sources, but I can imagine for some people it's confusing to know who to trust and where to go for the reliable information. But it does exist and if you don't rely on newspaper articles... that's always a good start!

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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15 days ago

jamiepownall We can all change our views, must be honest and say I had secretely hoped to get the Oxford vaccine, but got the Pfizer one. Since when I have realised my hopes were not logical, now I don't give a damn what I get as my follow up jab. I have confidence in the real experts to make the correct decision - based on their ability to interpret information which to most of us is gobbledygook.

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jamiepownall
jamiepownall15 days ago

davidstockport I am getting Pfizer tomorrow. Did you have any side effects from it? My mum had it and she was fine!

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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15 days ago

jamiepownall The only side effect I had after the Pfizer jab was that for a few nights after I slept better than I had done since last March, probably connected with the tiredness often mentioned as a side effect. I'm looking forward to the next jab πŸ˜€

I had no physical discomfort, the jab itself is totally painless if you relax.

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jamiepownall
jamiepownall15 days ago

davidstockport I tense up like hell because I get so nervous about jabs. I will try to keep calm though haha

Good it made you sleep better πŸ’€

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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15 days ago

jamiepownall Tensing up doesn't help, if you can relax it will help. Take a deepish breath, relax arm, then breathe out slowly. This might help. https://www.wikihow.com/Get-an-Injection-Without-It-Hurting

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jamiepownall
jamiepownall14 days ago

davidstockport I will try. I end up doing mindful breathing before my flu jab. Fingers cross I can start relaxing tonight

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Getsome
Getsome15 days ago

I'm way down the queue (maybe August/September), unless I get bumped up the queue because my wife in the vulnerable category, but when its my turn I will be having the vaccine. Only thing that would change my mind is if some concrete data showing an issue with the vaccine.

Covid is still going to be floating around for a while (maybe forever) but it will become like the Flu with some people getting a jab and some people not so if anyone doesn't want to get the vaccine then that's there choice and shouldn't really have to be questioned.

People should be allowed to do their own research and make their own decisions.

Has any vaccine ever been mandatory?

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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15 days ago

Not sure about if any vaccine has ever been mandatory, but I believe (perhaps wrongly) that members of the armed forces could be compelled to have certain vaccines, and also recall that when I worked in an isolation hospital I had to be checked for TB, prior to being allowed to be employed, and would have needed to have the vaccine if I hadn't already developed anti bodies.

Checked before posting above and it appears Covid vaccinations will be mandatory (when available) for professional soldiers: https://eng.lsm.lv/article/society/defense/armed-forces-will-have-mandatory-vaccination-against-covid-19.a391181/

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Getsome
Getsome15 days ago

davidstockport I can understand armed forces and NHS staff having to have mandatory vaccines because of there employment but I don't think a vaccine has been or will be mandatory with the general public.

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davidstockport
davidstockport
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15 days ago

Getsome I doubt it will ever be mandatory either, but do believe that when enough have been vaccinated and the unvaccinated are the only persons dying of it, there won't be any need to make it mandatory.

I might even suggest to the authorities that when the death counts are announced in the future when all the eligible have been vaccinated, it should be stated how many of those who'd died of Covid had not been vaccinated.

(there's nothing like a bit of gentle persuasionπŸ˜€ )

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