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July 10th, 2021

Vaccination Clinics

Yesterday I took my children to a vaccination clinic for their second vaccines. It was my fifth such trip to a clinic (me and children at different times) and as ever when I was there I had the same set of feelings.

Tiredness Inspiration Sadness

The first because it has been a hell of a year and a bit. We’ve lost millions of people, we’ve made a lot of sacrifices, and, whilst for me and mine lockdowns and so on were not overly difficult (we’ve got a few acres to play on) there have been a bunch of other things that wore everyone down. The fact that it’s not over yet is just that: a fact. But we can see some light at the end of the tunnel here. This is not the case in many other places and it certainly is time to help more than we have been…

The second because, wow. So many people, working in one sustained effort. So many people coming in, getting vaccinated. It’s an amazing spectacle and it drives home two things: the seriousness of what we have been going through and the fact that we can do amazing things.

And the third? For various reasons. It’s not done yet; there are still people dying; there are still people who think it’s all a big hoax; there are still people who think the government is trying to control us; there are still people who think it’s okay to politicize things like masks; there are still people who talk about “restrictions” when what they are really talking about is “measures that help vulnerable people stay alive”. There’s certainly more in that list, but I think you, dear reader, get the general idea. There’s one more thing though. This pandemic will certainly reach an ending. Of sorts. But there are other things coming or already here (Pandemics? sure. Climate change? Definitely. Instability? Watch this space…). We may be capable of wonderful things, but we are also, basically, almost out of time.

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