What would be the best Christmas present this year?
I think it can be safely assumed that we have all experienced disappointment this year whether it be having holidays or plans cancelled, not being able to see our family and friends at certain times, having been made redundant or had work cancelled, having to isolate for weeks on end to protect our health or spent birthdays in lockdown.
These are just some of the reasons out there why this past year has been a mixture of emotions for all and disappointment has been felt around the world.
Will you be wishing for world peace? or being able to spend Christmas festivities with all your friends and family with no restrictions, will it be a new bike or handbag? Or will you be wanting for something that you never thought you would……
A vaccination to be protected from Covid 19?
Well if it is, it’s certainly looking more likely that your Christmas wish may come true and quicker than imaged 4 months ago.
Last week saw the headlines hit globally that a vaccine should soon be available to us that had a 90% prevention rate to stop the contraction of the Covid virus and the Health Secretary told various sources that it will be ready to go live by the start of December.
The UK is expected to receive 10 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine by the end of the year and apparently a further 30 million doses have already been ordered. A week later and the news is flooded with more excitement that further testing has gone underway and other trials are being launched from other laboratories offering protection that is nearly 95% effective. This week’s buzz comes from the US firm Moderna.
This is the kind of news the world has been hoping for, it shines light at the end of a tunnel.
When a vaccination is readily available it will take a while before it is on offer for all.
The government’s committee has started outlining the first phase of rolling out the vaccine and that it will focus on older people. The starting point being in the care homes, this is great news for all our clients and staff.
The priority list is for those who live or work in a care home, then those over 80, then 75, over 70, over 65 and over 60.
Following this, adults with health conditions that are at greater risk will be offered the vaccine and then those over 55 and finally those over 50. This is an amazing starting point as hopefully it will help save so many lives. The priority list is the right way to go about it.
The vaccination will save lives. It will protect our staff and our clients. It will enable our clients to open their businesses with confidence so hospitality can start to thrive again. It will bring normality and hope back into our lives that we have all lost this year.
News that the vaccination will be available very soon will be the best Christmas present that most of us could ask for.