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nanna8 Sun 21-Feb-21 08:03:32

The first vaccines were rolled out today in Australia. We have to traipse over to one of the designated hospitals to get it when we are allowed to which is very inconvenient for many of us. Is that what they do in the UK or can you just go to a GP ?

Daisymae Sun 21-Feb-21 08:06:11

Depends where you are. Most people go online and book at the most convenient location on offer, could be a GP or vaccine hub.

Juliet27 Sun 21-Feb-21 08:09:13

The local GP surgeries have a combined designated area in my town and you’re eventually given an appointment there. There are also other areas that you can go to if you’re sent a letter inviting you to apply. Those areas are often quite far distant.

Santana Sun 21-Feb-21 08:21:04

I drove both my daughters 30 miles on separate occasions to get a vaccination at the beginning of the roll out. One NHS and sheilding, the other a care provider.
Now we have 2 big vaccination hubs in our county, some doctors surgeries and pharmacies on board. Really getting on with it now.
I guess distances are much bigger in Australia, so inconvenient for you could seem impossible to us here in UK.
How far would you need to travel?

Septimia Sun 21-Feb-21 09:18:14

Initially the choice was limited and the vaccine hubs were often few and far between, so that a longish journey was necessary. Gradually more venues have been opened, some by GP surgeries, and the travelling distances have reduced.

The NHS letter we received asking us to book our vaccination only gave one option, in a city 50 minutes drive away without its own car park. We'd already been contacted by the GP by then and invited to a more local centre.

Jaxjacky Sun 21-Feb-21 09:20:29

Our local surgery is coordinating vaccinations for 5 local surgeries, the surgery being used is three miles away.

suziewoozie Sun 21-Feb-21 09:24:50

OP just thank your lucky stars that in a country with such low rates of infection you’re being offered a vaccine at all. Stop moaning

Oopsadaisy1 Sun 21-Feb-21 09:27:08

Well suziewoozie said it all really.......

suziewoozie Sun 21-Feb-21 09:27:20

And furthermore you’re rolling out the Pfizer vaccine which explains why hospitals.

Marydoll Sun 21-Feb-21 10:12:19

I agree, just be grateful that you are getting it and have been able to lead a much more relaxed life than many in the UK.

The use of the word traipse makes it sound like it's a bother for you.sad

Alegrias1 Sun 21-Feb-21 10:30:21

Must be terribly inconvenient having to travel a few miles to get a life-saving miracle vaccine......

After waiting all this time, too.

Redhead56 Sun 21-Feb-21 10:36:19

Our village hall is the designated vaccine centre so it’s a five minutes away.

suziewoozie Sun 21-Feb-21 10:39:08

Read this OP about countries with precious little chance of traipsing any where

maddyone Sun 21-Feb-21 10:45:50

I agree with others, anyone offered a vaccine, wherever they are, should be pleased and grateful. For the record, my husband and I were offered a choice of three vaccination centres. We chose the one nearest our home, which is based in a large health centre. Several GP practices have cooperated to provide the vaccine from that health centre. All the centres offered were easy to travel to, but getting the vaccine a five minute drive from our home was a bonus.
If necessary, I would have driven fifty miles to get the vaccine.

maddyone Sun 21-Feb-21 10:47:39

Incidentally nanna8 no one can just go to a GP. All vaccinations are administered in a vaccine hub.

BlueSky Sun 21-Feb-21 10:48:02

Bet you wish you never asked Nanna! Hope I’ll be allowed to come back to your amazing country one day to visit my far away family! sad

M0nica Sun 21-Feb-21 11:40:27

The logic of the centre I was sent to still eludes me. A (small) village hall in a small village, with very little parking close by, about 100 yards from a set of traffic lights on a busy through route.

You were not allowed to turn across the traffic into the car park so as this was necessary at our first approach we had to drive several miles past it to find a convenient point to turn the car round and approach it from the immediately adjacent side of the road.

We needed to park in the hall car park, not a further one, as DH was just out of hospital and needed a wheelchair, so first we had to approach the village hall from the right direction so we could explain we needed to be in the hall carpark, we were then advised to come back in about 5 minutes when a space would be available, so we drove past the car park and down the road a couple of miles to a convenient roundabout. This meant we were now approaching the village hall from the wrong direction so had to drive two miles beyond the car park, turn round and come back. I estimate we drove 8 miles between first arriving at the village hall and actually getting into the car park.

We live about 7-8 miles from said village so I can only assume that it was the local hub. With every village hall within reach empty and unused, many with much bigger and more accessible car parks, why this one was chosen I have no idea.

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 02:01:57

Did I moan suziewoozie? I am incredibly grateful that we are us and not you and that people here do as they are told when it is for the benefit of all. It is hard to get to the vaccine places if you don’t drive. Fine for me, I do drive, but not everyone does. It is about 20 kms away which is ok but we won’t get it for a good few months yet.

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 02:04:28

Geez there’s some strange people around. Now I remember .

LauraNorder Mon 22-Feb-21 03:36:51

I think maybe we’re all a bit sensitive nanna8.
It’s been pretty tough and, as you see, we are all mightily grateful to have the jab available to us no matter how far we have to travel.
As it happens, it’s now going so well that we hope to have our adult population vaccinated by late summer.
Hopefully we’ll be sharing with poorer countries too. None of us will be safe until we’re all safe.
Hope you get your jab soon smile

Bigred18 Mon 22-Feb-21 04:19:52

Will be a while for us Nanna8. They hve to get it all organised first and i suspect it will be via our GPs just like the fly vac.

BlueBelle Mon 22-Feb-21 05:17:20

i am incredibly grateful that we are us and not you and that people here do as they are told when it is for the benefit of all
Crikey that’s a bit sanctimonious, so all Australians are the model of obedience ??

Bigred18 Mon 22-Feb-21 05:48:15

Oops, flu vac!

nanna8 Mon 22-Feb-21 06:41:58

Of course they are Bluebelle! We have Chairman Dan in charge down here. Think China.

NanKate Mon 22-Feb-21 07:22:56

We drove 4 miles to the local Football Stadium. Felt like a trip out after our incarceration ?