Oxford yah

I’ve had the jab! And immediately felt guilty because people older than me haven’t had it yet.

But I’ve got a dodgy ticker – heart attack on Brexit referendum day just as the Sunderland results came through – so I guess there are some perks to being in a ‘higher risk’ category.

It was almost like a social occasion on Friday evening as I joined the zig-zagging queue at the side of the medical centre. The Disney ride It’s A Small World came to mind not because the queue was so long and quick but I kept seeing people I knew. I recognised the eyes behind the masks.

It’s a small world after all…

The volunteer stewards were doing a marvellous job, with a heart-warming, cheerful manner and smiley faces. No officiousness here. Thank you, ladies and gents, for giving up your time to do this. You rock.

Inside the medical centre, I was directed to one of two queues and kept looking at the other one which seemed to be going quicker than mine, as it always does in the supermarket, although I’ve not been to one of those much in recent months.

Again, medical centre staff were smiley and cheerful and not looking remotely harassed. Thank you, thank you. You rock.

And then it was into the consulting room for a quick chat, exposure of my shoulder and then the injection with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Simple as that.

On the one-way system on the way out a very nice lady told me I could wait in the heated marquee while Mr Grigg arrived to pick me up.

‘No point in hunting for his car in the cold,’ she said.

And then I recognised the eyes. She and I used to be on the Parent Teacher Association at the local comprehensive.

A quick chat and effusive thank yous on my part and then it was a short stay in the marquee before Mr Grigg picked me up.

My arm was sore straight away and I had a few odd aches and pains yesterday, but nothing really to speak of. It was a good excuse, though, to curl up with a good book, a dog by my side and a cup of tea on the coffee table.

The light at the end of the tunnel is brighter now although we’re not through it yet. Thank you vaccine scientists. You rock.

Oxford yah.

That’s about it.

Love, Maddie x

By Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings. Expect reflections on rural life, community, landscape, underdogs, heritage and folklore. And fun.

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