It’s Time to Roll Up

It’s Time to Roll Up. Yes, that’s the slogan advertised for all Australian’s to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID-19. The more people who do, the more we protect our families, friends and community.

Up until now, I’ve been very hesitant about getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. Namely because of some of the side affects and complications from getting the AstraZenica vaccine. Being in the ‘older’ age group, we don’t get a choice or at least not anytime soon. Pfizer, which has quicker immunity, is being rolled out for anyone under the age of 50 and mostly because that is the age group that is susceptible to blood clots, yet there have been some older people who have also had the blood clots. It’s all a bit of a worry.

However, I’ve come to the conclusion that more are getting vaccinated and not having any issues, other than perhaps a headache and some body aches for a few days, than there are dying from blood clots. The alternative could be that I’d contract the virus and be worse off! Several of my close friends have now had the vaccine and all have come through ok. The first chance I have of booking in, is early July. Then with the AstraZenica vaccine, it’s another 8-12 weeks before you can get the second dose, whereas the Pfizer is only 3 weeks.

The latest world stats for COVID-19 are appalling. Cases are up by nearly 78,000,000 since I last shared the stats on my blog and deaths up by 1,700,000!! Australia has been so so fortunate with cases going up by 1,475. Deaths up by one. Yes, one, but that is one to many.

Australia’s stats are causing complacency. Perth City Western Australia went into a snap lock at the end of April which lasted three days and as soon as it was announced it would be happening, people got into their cars and left the city, travelling to the regions. Did anyone stop to think that they might be a carrier of the virus and would spread it to the regions? Fortunately, that didn’t happen.

Then just a fortnight ago, Victoria was plunged into, first, a week long lock down, and then an additional week. The same thing happened there, people left the city, travelling through the regions and even across state borders, some testing positive to the virus and taking it into Queensland.

We’ve become a very selfish race of people since this outbreak. It’s all about ‘me’, what I want and too bad about the consequences. Each man for himself. Then again, when Cyclone Seroja passed through our region on April 11, 2021, the sharing and caring of people was absolutely amazing. My brother Peter lost his house and machinery sheds, when the cyclone passed through. It caused havoc all through the Midwest and Wheatbelt regions, leaving a path of destruction. See some photos of the farm at West Binnu below. It is now nine-weeks since the cyclone and the farm is still without power. Here in my hometown, we lost power for three-days! Big Deal! Well it was at the time but we managed by pulling out our generator which fired up everything including the internet and we were able to use our phones. Many didn’t have that opportunity.

Yes, this blog has become a bit of a ‘get it off your chest’ post, but there you go. This has been a very interesting couple of years. Who would have thought that when I posted my first blog on March 15, 2020 History in the Making, the Coronavirus would still be around and causing havoc .

All borders into Australia are still closed. The only people who can travel to Australia are:
Australian citizens
Permanent residents
Immediate family members
Travellers who have been to New Zealand for at least the 14 days before the date of departure.

Further information can be found HERE

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Just a person who is looking forward to retirement and enjoying the golden years!
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5 Responses to It’s Time to Roll Up

  1. crissouli says:

    Thank you, Chris

  2. Karen Yates says:

    We are due to have our second dose next week. I think the world (Universe) is trying to tell us something. Yes slow down and look at what we are doing to our planet.

  3. Anne Young says:

    Vaccination uptake seems slower than I expected. As of today the reported figures are National vaccination progress for an Estimated population (25,693,059)
    . 2.04% Fully vaccinated (522,961)
    . 19.92% First dose (5,118,047)
    I have had my first dose and get the second in August. My son has now been fully vaccinated and my daughter will receive her second dose tomorrow.

    Living in Victoria the lockdowns are difficult – very disruptive for businesses – we are OK but it is difficult to make plans.

    • Jenny MacKay says:

      It is difficult Anne and we feel for you everytime the state goes into lockdown. Vaccinating is the only way forward. Our ancestors went through this with the influenza virus in the early 1900s. It’s all just caught up with us and maybe a lesson that the world is going a bit too fast and needs to slow down.

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