Kathy Sheridan: Complaints over vaccine queues a sad reflection on entitled, negative public

First-world vaccine privilege is taken for granted

People queue for the booster vaccine at Harold’s Cross Medical Centre: Perspective: the booster is a triumph. Case numbers are falling in those lucky groups.  Photograph: Alan Betson

People queue for the booster vaccine at Harold’s Cross Medical Centre: Perspective: the booster is a triumph. Case numbers are falling in those lucky groups. Photograph: Alan Betson

Last Friday, I showed up for my booster appointment at Citywest at 1pm sharp, armed with a big, padded coat, newspaper and some quality wine gums. Memories of a three-hour queue for my first AstraZeneca vaccination on a chilly April day still lingered, not of the wait but of the sullenness of the crowd. By contrast with the euphoric seventysomething Pfizer graduates spilling out of GP surgeries, that late-sixtysomething bunch had shades of an old Russian bread line.

Yet even the much-resented AstraZeneca being dumped on the sixtysomethings promised to be a game-changer. This free little jab was about to restore truly meaningful elements of our remaining years. We should have been dancing conga lines around Citywest.

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