First Pfizer dose not fun, but worth the protection it brings all Australians

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Journalist Jacinta Cantatore getting her vaccine.
Camera IconJournalist Jacinta Cantatore getting her vaccine. Credit: Harvey-Waroona Reporter;/ Harvey-Waroona Reporter/Jacinta Cantatore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

Last week I was lucky enough to have my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The clinic, tucked away behind the big green church (Bunnings) in Bunbury ran like clockwork, taking up just 30 minutes of my day start to finish, including the 15-minute mandatory wait after the jab in case I experienced any allergic reactions.

Thankfully I was fine, although I felt pretty rotten the next few days.

I described the feeling to my dad — who’s had the Astrazeneca — as feeling like I’d been smacked in the head with a shovel.

I was dazed with a headache and muscle fatigue, as though suffering all the symptoms of a cold, without the runny nose of an actual cold.

Dad experienced similar side-effects until, like me, he bounced back by day four.

All in all, it was a tiny price to pay compared to contracting COVID-19.

I know a few people unable to be vaccinated for health reasons, but their inability to get it makes me even more enthusiastic about my own jab.

Herd immunity works.

Well … it works against viruses and diseases.

Unfortunately, herd immunity can’t protect us from stupidity.

On Saturday, when I finally felt better, about 3000 people took to the streets of Sydney to protest the State’s current lockdowns.

The crowd flouted mask and physical distancing restrictions, and two of the protesters allegedly punched a police horse in the face.

It was no surprise to me that these idiots were seen to be holding placards with COVID-denying slogans.

I could say not nice things about the protestors’ collective IQ points, or make presumptions about their subscription to certain health ideas and hashtags.

However I won’t.

But these people really do baffle me.

I have no idea why anyone living in this country with access to vaccines would not only refuse to be vaccinated, but then also make choices that could further spread a deadly virus.

Experts have voiced their fears that the lockdown protest will become a super-spreader event, which could further extend the lockdown if cases rise exponentially.

But while these 3000 people were protesting robust health measures, NSW Health reported that 93,910 people got a COVID test on Saturday, and 25,312 people were given a vaccine.

Clearly a few thousand drongos are in the minority compared to the roughly 13 million people currently in lockdown across South Australia, Victoria and parts of New South Wales.

Most of us realise we’re still in this together and we continue to do the right thing.

Let’s keep it up, get vaccinated, and protect the stragglers in the herd from themselves.

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