It won't hurt a bit

Starting tomorrow, the first of the COVID-19 vaccines will roll out for the Australian population. The first phase of the rollout will include our health care and hotel quarantine workers and vulnerable people in aged care and disability. That's an excellent place to start.

I was intrigued to hear the government's Chief Nursing Officer remind us that it won't hurt a bit. These little gems of wisdom will be part of the public health fraternities push to encourage everyone to get their jab when it is their turn.

My school classmates and I could have done with some of this encouragement back in primary school when our class had to line up and wait for the school nurse to give us our polio vaccination. I don't mind saying I felt a little apprehensive, foreboding whether the jab would hurt or not. 

For other kids, the fear it would hurt was all too much, getting themselves wound up into a tearful frenzy about the impending jab. To help them through it, the teachers would bring them to the front of the queue to have their injection ahead of the other kids. 

I have matured a little since my primary school days, and I have far less fear about getting injections. That's a good thing, as tears or tantrums won't get me to the front of the queue this time around.

The start of the COVID-19 vaccinations is a good thing, I am happy to wait patiently for my turn, and I know it won't hurt a bit.
Ha well do you remember the polio vaccine hurting as a kid? My parents got that one too. They have mark on their shoulder because of it.
2021-02-21 19:13:53