Oldest should receive vaccine first of all – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: David Lloyd-Williams, Langton Road, Norton.

I HAVE just been made aware that the rolling out of the Covid vaccine appears to have become a ‘lottery’ for those over 80.

I have a longstanding friend, over 90 and in good health, as well as still driving for shopping purposes.

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She fully expected to be one of those contacted as regards the first batch of vaccine from the GP surgery here, having been registered with them for well over 50 years.

Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Covid vaccine.

Having had no contact she eventually, after a very lengthy wait on her phone, was finally informed that the first batch of vaccine for the over-80s was not dealt with by the oldest first but at random.

As a fairly active 77-year-old I hopefully expect that some time in the New Year I might be contacted, but for an active woman in her early 90s, having read all the various statements from the Government, she did expect to be one of the earliest in the contact list.

Now she has been told that they should/hope to have a second batch of vaccines in the New Year. I wonder if another ‘age lottery’ will take place again.

What a shambles.

Margaret Keenan after receiving her Covid vaccine.

From: David Gray, Liversedge.

THE virus will take a very long time to be brought under control if we continue to ignore the requirements to stop, as individuals, passing it on. We don’t know who is carrying it and who is not.

Whilst there are certainly many who are trying their best, there are so many who are stretching the rules, or even flouting them.

I don’t go out much but if I have to, I see many people not wearing masks into shops, and they can’t have breathing problems because many of them come out and light up cigarettes. Some could wear visors instead of masks if they wanted to help.

Entertianer Lionel Blair receives his Covid vaccine.

There is extensive disregard of the two-metre rule – forward, back, and sideways. In supermarkets, people just push around each other to get their purchases, showing no willingness to give way and keep apart.

The politicians shy of saying these things but that is due to political reasons. They try to score by praising (rightly) those who comply, but don’t address the issue of those that don’t seem to care.

All this concern about Christmas is being used in a careless way. We have not seen our two children, four grandchildren, or four great grandchildren since last Christmas.

We took a logical look at the situation at the beginning of December and told them all that we would not be visiting them at Christmas this year (which is our usual plan), and hoped we could see them at Easter. They themselves are not planning to mix over the period.

When will the Covid vaccine be rolled out to the whole country?

It is not the Government’s fault that the virus is spreading. It is a virus. We spread it, and only we can restrict its progress.

From: Peter Lacey, Sharpe Close, Barton on Humber.

ALL this talk of banning or cancelling Christmas leaves me perplexed. It sounds a bit Cromwellian. I hope they mean banning or cancelling the celebration of Christmas. What next? Will they be cancelling New Year so that we are ever trapped in this ghastly 2020?

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