04 Feb COVID-19 Vaccination
On 29 January 2021, I excitedly left work at exactly 5.30pm and got on the train at Baker Street on my way to Guys Hospital. As I emerged from London Bridge station and saw Guys Tower and the shard, I began to feel that warm feeling that we all get when we get “home”. This was because I spent 4 long and beautiful years here completing my specialist training. This hospital that had given me so much was now giving me even more: the COVID19 vaccination.
My familiarity with the area meant that I very quickly found Vaccination Centre 1 and there was a very good natured, quintessentially British queue. After a 45-minute wait, it was my turn to receive my Pfizer vaccine which was administered by a brilliant medical student. It was obvious that all the staff members were absolutely shattered (I was the last patient of the day after all) but they were still very pleasant and extremely helpful.
To all the members of staff at my vaccination centre, Guys & St Thomas’s Hospital Trust and the wider National Health Service, thank you very much for administering the vaccine so efficiently. To the wider scientific community, that I am so proud to be a member of, thank you for pulling of the “impossible” and creating a safe vaccine in under a year and to all humanity, I personally assure you of the scientific process: Vaccines are safe!!!