I came across the blog post below which was posted on January 30th it is about the early days of the CHA at the Civic Centre. At first reading, it didn’t make sense. Then I recalled the circumstances of January, its lockdown and having to sit outside with friends, when the chilled wine would warm the fingers!
I recall as well having a coffee outside at social distance in a snow storm with friends in February but we didn’t think it odd and had a very pleasant morning. It is all a distant memory now of a very different time. On our way home we saw two elderly gents sitting at opposite ends of a bench with a bottle of wine in the middle. We are pretty resilient, aren’t we?
Looking back in my emails of the time: on January 15th I contacted Jenner Group on behalf of CHA because the gazebos which were just being installed were being blown away. Volunteering had so many dimensions. Jenners responded immediately with a solution which kept the gazebos in place until they had one storm too many. It was not a great winter for outdoor vaccinations.
After this blog was written, the weather deteriorated. Keeping Pfizer at -80C was not a challenge! The vaccinators fingers kept it cool. But the volunteers were so cheerful and delighted to have a chance to help and to be able to socialise with colleagues during lockdown.
Those early days were quite emotional meeting very elderly who had not been out for almost a year.
Remember; this time last year there was no vaccine. Read on:
Now I know why they gave the flu and pneumonia jabs
It is so good living in our tiny microclimate here in Folkestone. On balmy mid-winter days we often sit with a glass of warmed prosecco on the patio in the morning admiring the setting sun and marvelling at the daffodils as they gently sway against the icy gale
What a shock this morning when I threw open the curtains to find that it was chucking down the rain. So this is what winter is like. I have heard about it. Then I thought about the poor marshals at the Civic Centre standing outside guiding the over eighties for their Covid jab and I suddenly realised why we had been injected earlier in the year against pneumonia and flu.
I don’t think the older generation is quite used to the drive-thru concept. And not having driven for a year due to isolation or shielding there is the added fun twist of an obstacle course to drive through. As the doctor fights her way towards the victim in the driving rain the 3mls in the syringe will have probably increased to thirty.
What a shock that the weather has turned bad. If only they could have anticipated it could have been planned for it. Surely there are some thoughtful people who have cancelled their weddings and bar mitzvahs due to the virus, freeing up a few thousand square miles of marquee which could be used. Instead it is probably rotting away slowly somewhere under the snow nourishing the crocuses.
Concerned for their wellbeing, I spoke to the lead marshal to offer some snorkels but he reported that they were having fun. “It is going really well” he reported.
What I have written above is written a little in jest because there is a fantastic spirit at the Civic Centre. It is fantastic that across the country where the weather is far less clement than ours in our microclimate, the numbers being vaccinated are increasing. Floods, snow, ice, storms and rain cannot dent the determination to get this done. Nor shall the EU!!
Whatever the challenges the people being vaccinated are so grateful and bit by bit our town is being protected and we take little steps back to something like normality when businesses can open, we can give up the warm prosecco and go to have a pint.
The volunteers and vaccinators are so committed to the cause that they are undaunted. Thank you all.