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An invitation to a vaccine

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The sky brought in a cargo of cool light and the crowd huddled together. They didn’t know what to do or where to stand so they formed a rough queue which curled out from the main body of people like a tongue. No-one knew how long they’d be there so they resigned themselves to waiting and pushed their invitation letters deep into their pockets. A delicious uncertainty hung in the air and once in a while an official, wearing a bright green vest, wandered over to them, but she couldn’t help, she didn’t have any answers.

Some of the group decided to leave, frustrated and impatient, whilst others hung on, deciding it was best to wait for an announcement. At one point, thirty or forty of them were called out and told to go home, it wasn’t clear why, but they should never have been there and rumours circulated that the rules had changed.

Some held onto their tickets, sure that something would happen, others eventually mumbled their excuses and left. As their numbers slimmed down, the hopes of those remaining went up.

Again there was an announcement, burbled from one of the tannoys: ‘Could you all please go home and try again tomorrow. We have run out of vaccine.’ 

The government planners had once again irrigated the smallest gestures of their lives and in the grey uncertain light the derelict crowd headed home.

Dr Kevin Hinkley is a GP in Aberdeen.

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  • A disturbing read but I guess it's a disturbing situation. Pulse you really should put some of these blogs together and publish a "best of bloggers"

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  • It is a good job that they ran of vaccines - for vaccines's safety is greatly in doubt. For example the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation knew in 1989 that the MMR vaccine was unsafe but with held the information and through lies push forward the idea of herd immunity. Why was it that this info only became available through the Freedom of Information Act. Whose interests are being protected> _ Certainly not the public's nor the children with autism!

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  • It is a good job that they ran of vaccines - for vaccines's safety is greatly in doubt. For example the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation knew in 1989 that the MMR vaccine was unsafe but with held the information and through lies push forward the idea of herd immunity. Why was it that this info only became available through the Freedom of Information Act. Whose interests are being protected> _ Certainly not the public's nor the children with autism!

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