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Vaccine moral dilemma

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HurdyGurdy Sat 16-Jan-21 13:58:38

I work for a local authority, in Children's Services. We are not customer facing, and all our interaction is done via phone or email. We have been working from home since March. I have barely left the house - been to a garden centre a couple of times, and to the supermarket when I've not been able to get a click and collect slot.

Because we are council workers, we are classed as key workers, and have been offered the vaccine with immediate effect.

Going by the link that was posted here a short time ago, I would be due to be vaccinated in around April/May time in the normal course of events (I don't know how reliable that is of course).

My dilemma is whether to accept the vaccine being offered via work, even though I am not customer facing. I don't think any of my colleagues have refused, but I am really going back and forth.

What do you think? Would you accept it now, or wait your turn?

Peasblossom Sat 16-Jan-21 14:00:50

Accept. Don’t complicate the system.

Parsley3 Sat 16-Jan-21 14:03:07

It is your turn. Take it. ?

glammanana Sat 16-Jan-21 14:04:19

Accept,thats one potential death averted hopefully.

kittylester Sat 16-Jan-21 14:05:10

My daughter is bank admin staff at a hospital and has hardly worked since the first lock down as she has been homeschooling.

She is due to get her first jab on Thursday. She was really conflicted so rand her boss who said exactly what peaseblossom said. There are bound to be anomalies.

Riverwalk Sat 16-Jan-21 14:05:11

You should take it - your turn is as good as anyone else's.

Children's Services are very important and your more front-line colleagues will be hampered in their jobs if the backroom people go down with the virus.

There will always be anomalies and inconsistencies in such a huge project as vaccinating the whole country.

M0nica Sat 16-Jan-21 14:38:23

If you are offered it, take it.

The occasional person getting the jab ahead of their slot is going to make little or no difference to the unrolling of the campaign and will just waste the time of frontline professionals giving the jabs by requiring them to spend more time on adminstration, rather than adminstering the jab.

vampirequeen Sat 16-Jan-21 14:40:32

Take it. It will only complicate matters if you don't and they may forget you need it in Apr/May.

Alegrias1 Sat 16-Jan-21 14:42:24

Definitely take it. You asked if you should wait your turn. If you are being offered it, it is your turn. smile All the best.

avitorl Sat 16-Jan-21 14:45:24

You really shouldn't think of it as a moral dilemma. You haven't pushed yourself before others,it has been offered to you,so it is your turn to have it.
Refusing would just mess up the system.

Greyduster Sat 16-Jan-21 14:50:47

My DD works in a university NHS facility and rarely comes into contact with patients, so she was similarly conflicted when she was called forward last week knowing DH had not had his vaccination. We told her she should have it done not only for her peace of mind, but for ours, and not agonise about it. As it happened, DH got a text this morning to go for his next week. Have your jab, HurdyGurdy.

Franbern Sat 16-Jan-21 16:43:09

Just take it when it is offered and be thankful. All sorts of people are designated front line workers - does not matter, every person given the vaccine (and then the follow-up one) is one less person likely to need hospitalisation.
M SiL, runs a company who specialise in laying floors in hospitals and care homes and he is getting it as a FLW.

SueDonim Sat 16-Jan-21 16:45:28

Have it. You will have been factored into their calculations for the number of doses required by your LA and although it could be offered to someone else, that, as others say, will involve time, admin, unnecessary phone calls etc.

Callistemon Sat 16-Jan-21 16:48:42

Yes, take your turn.
It will get complicated and confuse the system if people start refusing because they think someone is more deserving.

marymary62 Sat 16-Jan-21 17:08:44

Just accept it - I know so many ex colleagues who have felt this way so you are not alone. It’s understandable to feel it maybe could go to someone who ‘needs’ it more than you do but this is not an individual decision. It is one that has been made by your employer a s JCVI for good reason. If you refuse you have no idea whether it will go to someone more ‘needy’ . This may actually save your life. We will all get one in the end if we want one !

ginny Sat 16-Jan-21 17:11:21

Yes, take the offer and have it. Don’t complicate matters. The more who are vaccinated the better

NotSpaghetti Sat 16-Jan-21 17:11:49

I would feel exactly as you do.
I'd call my line manager and discuss with them. I expect they will say the same as people here.

Casdon Sat 16-Jan-21 17:28:04

There’s also a team working dimension to this, Children’s Services are desperately needed at the moment, and your employer will be keen to get back to more normal working arrangements. Once you’re vaccinated you will be able to return to work after the lockdown ends, which will help your whole team function better.

HurdyGurdy Sun 17-Jan-21 10:09:34

Thank you all. That's put it in perspective, and I have decided to book a vaccine for the first available date.

Kim19 Sun 17-Jan-21 10:16:06

HG, your decision is such good news.

henetha Sun 17-Jan-21 11:25:00

Absolutely, take it. It's not your fault you are being offered it
so look upon it as a great stroke of luck.

Alegrias1 Sun 17-Jan-21 11:27:30

Glad to hear about your decision HurdyGurdy. It's not luck, there's no fault anywhere - it's your turn!!

Charleygirl5 Sun 17-Jan-21 11:34:49

I agree with everybody else- take it now- it is your turn. You do not want to be forgotten about if you leave it a few months. Good luck.

Whiff Sun 17-Jan-21 11:57:41

Glad to hear you are accepting it HurdyGurdy . It will give you peace of mind. Just hope everyone who is offered it accepts. As some people through medical reasons won't be able to and we need to protect them.