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I don’t know why I am so irritated 😂

(48 Posts)
PamelaJ1 Sat 16-Jan-21 09:18:02

I know that injections can be delivered to areas other than the arm but the usual site is the bit between the elbow and the shoulder.
So why have all the experts, media people got to tell us where they are putting it?
I am getting quite cross with myself for groaning every time I hear the phrase getting it in ‘people’s arms’.

Lucca Sat 16-Jan-21 09:19:34

Sorry I don’t understand what irritates you ?

ineedamum Sat 16-Jan-21 09:21:37

Please don't be too hard on yourself. I think most people are more irritable with lockdown, bad weather and relentless news coverage. I do feel the media isn't helping the situation by speculating rather than giving facts.

Witzend Sat 16-Jan-21 09:24:15

Well, at least they’re not saying they’re aiming to stick it in as many bottoms as possible.
I can just see the queue outside my local GP (as when I had the last flu jab) and instead of the nurse calling out to everybody to please have sleeves rolled up ready, to drop their knickers instead. 😱

lemongrove Sat 16-Jan-21 09:26:26

Well, it doesn’t bother me Pamela although it may do if the media constantly spoke of ‘getting it in people’s bums’😁

lemongrove Sat 16-Jan-21 09:27:41

X posts Witzend

Lucca Sat 16-Jan-21 09:31:16

Bums was not the first word I thought of!

Marydoll Sat 16-Jan-21 09:31:44

I'm at a bit of a loss too! As long as we get it, that's what matters.

I have to rotate my weekly injections around my body , the one place I can't have it in, is my arm! Having the vaccine in my arm will be a novelty! grin

nadateturbe Sat 16-Jan-21 09:33:12

What irritates me is sitting down with dinner to watch the news and seeing people getting needles jabbed into their arms. Ouch!

NotSpaghetti Sat 16-Jan-21 09:33:45

Pamelaj it annoys me too. We know where it's generally going but I also feel that "the arm" bit isn't really the point.

Gransnet is a funny place about language though. I complained about not liking the "jab" word (which I loathe), and instead of looking at the word there was a fair amount of ridicule and lots of people implying that they were desperate for it and it was irrelevant and absurd to be bothered about the language. It's not as though I was going to refuse if offered!

Hetty58 Sat 16-Jan-21 09:38:38

Maybe it bothers the needle-phobics? I'm far more worried by seeing people on oxygen.

I know just how terrifying it is when you have trouble breathing. It's an incredible effort to try to keep calm - as panic just increases oxygen needs!

NotSpaghetti Sat 16-Jan-21 09:42:02

No Hetty I am happy with needles. It's the constant reference to getting the vaccine "in the arm" or "in thousand of arms" or "into everyone's arm". Why?

lemongrove Sat 16-Jan-21 09:43:30


Bums was not the first word I thought of!


lemongrove Sat 16-Jan-21 09:47:28

I think the constant pics of needles and arms and talk of ‘arms’ is just that it’s a very important subject, but I did notice
Pamela that you used a laughing emoji so you aren’t meaning anyone to take the complaint too seriously.😃

Lucca Sat 16-Jan-21 09:58:40



Bums was not the first word I thought of!


Well you might think so but I couldn’t possibly comment......

Soupy Sat 16-Jan-21 10:00:50

I think they're just emphasising that it's a similar procedure to a flu jab, in case the thought of having it elsewhere is putting people off.

Lucca Sat 16-Jan-21 10:02:53

People do use the same phrase subject but those programmes about finding a new house where people always say “ it ticks all the boxes”. “ a blank canvas” etc

vampirequeen Sat 16-Jan-21 10:07:42

The long dark drag from Christmas to Spring is difficult for a lot of people at the best of times. Add Covid, lockdown and the weather into the mix and it's not surprising that things are beginning to niggle us.

25Avalon Sat 16-Jan-21 10:12:24

I see a British company is working on an oral administered method with a vaccine manufacturer in California. Good for those scared of needles.

Hejira Sat 16-Jan-21 10:24:51

I wonder if you'd been watching Question Time, Pamela? Vicky Ford used the expression so often it was starting to grate.

Why can't commentators just say, 'We need to vaccinate as many people as we can as soon as possible."

Not everyone processes language on the same way. If ever there was a time when goverment ministers need to use clear language it is now.

I did start to wonder whether describing the vaccine program in this way was spin seeing at the figuarative expression "a shot in the arm" (origins U.S.) means "a much needed stimulant or encouragement" something most of us need right now.

Bluebellwould Sat 16-Jan-21 10:26:55

I think it’s quite funny whenever you get an injection/blood taken etc they say ‘just a sharp scratch’ . It’s not a scratch it’s a prick 😳but they’re not allowed to say that. Following on from the previous comments you could end up with ‘just a little prick in the bum’ 🤣🤣🤣

MissAdventure Sat 16-Jan-21 10:28:02

Ouch! grin

NotSpaghetti Sat 16-Jan-21 10:30:37

Hejira - Yes! 🙄🙄

Callistemon Sat 16-Jan-21 10:31:05

Well, just to add a bit of variation, the nurse gave me my flu jab vaccine right at the top, nearly in my shoulder!

I suppose it's better than seeing a row of bottoms waiting for the jab injection!
Although that could be quite entertaining as we wait our turn.

Witzend Sat 16-Jan-21 11:17:52

Must admit I was tempted to say ‘arses’ but was loth to besmirch my ladylike wink reputation.