General diary entries

VACCINATION TIME! (Sorry about the language!!)

OK, as bad as things are right now with the pandemic, with the start of the roll out of vaccinations I believe we are actually now seeing the beginning of the end. There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. It may take the best part of a year or more to get there, but we WILL get there.

BUT….

We can only get there if people actually follow social distancing advice, wear their masks and then actually have the vaccination when it’s offered.

People who deny that COVID is actually a thing and that hospitals are empty and that the NHS are failing in their duty to care for people by cancelling surgeries blah blah blah, have no fucking idea what’s actually going on in hospitals at the moment. What they post all over social media is misinformation and absolute bollocks. I would love to rant about it but I actually value my job with the NHS, so this is as far as I will rant about that one.

When it comes to the vaccinations, I think one of the biggest worries people have is the speed at which these vaccinations have been produced and labelled as ‘safe’.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that the work on Covid vaccines started when the pandemic began, when in reality, scientists have been working on the building blocks for new vaccines since the Ebola outbreak in 2014 – 2016.
They have simply been modifying what they have with the genetic blueprint for Covid and because of the urgency, all the ‘usual’ red tape that vaccines and medicines go through have also been cut to allow for swifter processing.
No corners have been cut and these vaccines are as safe as any vaccines that have gone through years of red tape.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a very big supporter of vaccinations.
Anti-vaxers can just go kiss my arse! They are complete cockwombles and deserve all they get from not getting a vaccination. Survival of the fittest and the smartest as far as I’m concerned.

Don’t get me wrong though.
I know full well that there are people out there who can’t get vaccinated.
There are people who are highly immunocompromised or with so many allergies that they can’t have a vaccine or they have to be particularly careful when they do get a vaccine.
I really feel for these people because every anti-vaxer that doesn’t ‘believe’ in vaccines are not only risking themselves, they are risking the life of everyone who physically CAN’T be vaccinated!
SELFISH C###S is an understatement!

As you can see, this makes me VERY angry!!

Hulk Angry GIFs | Tenor

Anyway, I am a frontline healthcare worker, I am also over 50, so this puts me into 2 categories of people who are getting the first of the vaccines being rolled out across the country.
In fact , I had the first first part of the vaccine today.

How was it?
It felt like any other vaccination.
A quick pinch and over in a few seconds.
I usually get a warm welt on my upper arm when I have the usual flu vaccine, but so far I haven’t even got that!

I am prepared to feel a bit rough over the coming days, but that is how vaccines work and I don’t think many people understand this.

SO!

I have just seen an amazing string of Twitter messages written by @WheatNOil, who is a Physician at the U of Saskatchewan.
He has broken down how a vaccination works into simple, layman’s terms.
I am hoping this will help anyone who is debating having the vaccination or not, to finally make their minds up and go for it!

As Tweeted by @WheatNOil on 17th December 2020……..

Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are kind of brilliant at a science level. I've had a few people in my real non-Twitter life ask me to explain how it works so I'm going to try my best here in this thread while I'm waiting for a patient to show. 12:33 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil The first thing to know is how your immune system works. Basically, your immune cells attack anything foreign to your body. If it sees a protein or a virus or or a bacteria or anything that it doesn't recognize, it launches an attack. 12:39PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil If it's fighting off a virus, for example, it takes time to build up a full attack. It's got to figure out what part of the virus to attack & ramp up production of what it needs to attack those parts. That can take a few days. Meanwhile the virus is replicating and expanding. 12:41 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Once it fights off the virus, though, it remembers it. You've got memory cells in your immune system and if you run into that virus again, your memory cells say "I've seen this asshole before". Your body uses it's past experience to demolish the virus before it can make you sick. 12:44 Twitter for"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So, with that in mind, we return to the vaccine. Scientists looked at the COVID virus and saw a protein on the outside of the virus that looked like a good candidate to launch an immune attack against. 1:04 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil That protein, by the way, is an important one for the virus. It uses that protein to get into your cells. That protein makes the virus more infectious. In short, that protein makes the virus more of an asshole. 1:07 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Now COVID has DNA in it that codes for all of its parts. So scientists looked at the entire DNA sequence of virus and found the sequence of DNA that is the blueprints for that protein. The asshole protein. 1:10 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Side note: DNA is the blueprint to make things in a cell. Cells take the DNA and transcribe it into RNA. The RNA is the instructions that tell the cell what to make. mRNA (literally messenger- RNA) literally just gives instructions to the cell to make something 1:14 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So scientists took the blueprint for the asshole protein on COVID and made an mRNA version of it. Literally just the instructions on how to make that protein. These instructions "are" the vaccine. Let me explain. 1:16 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil The vaccine contains no actual part of the virus. It has only the instructions on how to make the asshole protein. So, you can't get infected with COVID from the vaccine. You just get these instructions. 1:18 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Your cells see these instructions and say "sure, I'll make this" So your cells cells make a bunch of the asshole protein. You immune system sees this new protein you're producing and immediately says "what... the fuck... this?" Andi starts attacking the protein. 1:20 PM. 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Remember it hasn't seen this protein before. It takes awhile to ramp up production. Then it launches an all out war against the asshole protein. The fevers, chills, muscle soreness, eto you might get as vaccine side effects is your body bombing the hell out of the asshole protein 1:23 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So you destroy the asshole protein (which in and of itself can't infect you, it's just a protein, not the virus). Now here's the important part. Your memory cells 'remember' the asshole protein. They remember exactly how to destroy it. 1:26 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil By the way, your body breaks down the mRNA instructions that you got with the vaccine pretty quickly too. That's normal. You don't need a bunch of instructions hanging around forever. Your body breaks those down and gets rid of them. 1:27 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So you've broken down the mRNA instructions. You've destroyed asshole proteins. Everything from the vaccine is gone. Except for those memory cells who remember that protein very well. 1:28 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil So then, a COVID virus enters your body. Your body has never seen the virus before. BUT it's seen that protein that's on the outside of the virus. Your memory cells say "you've got to be kidding me, THIS asshole again? Get the fuck out of here!" 1:31 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Your body' own 'natural immune system' quickly and efficiently launches an all out war, using the template it has from when it destroyed the asshole protein last time It destroys the virus before it can take hold, replicate, and make you sick. 1:33 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil Congratulations! Now, you're immune to COVID! You've got the blueprints to defeat it as soon as it enters your body. 1:35 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"
Image may contain: text that says "WheatNOil @WheatNOil What if the virus mutates so it doesn't produce the asshole protein any more? Well, since it uses the asshole protein to get into your cells, if it mutates away from the asshole protein, it'll probably also be less infectious. That's what makes the vaccine low-key brilliant. 1:37 PM 12/17/20 Twitter for iPhone"

Get it now?!!

No?

Then you’re probably a TRUMP supporter.
There’s no hope for you!!

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