I got my first dose of AstraVeneca vaccine way back in February on the 26th. It was initially an 8 week wait then it was 12 and 16 weeks. Many of my other colleagues have gotten theirs and I’m slipping through the cracks it seems.
The media and news do everything to celebrate the front line and so called “essential” workers yet I can’t get vaccinated. Every single day I’ve gone to work from before the pandemic until today and we put ourselves at risk. There was no idea at the start of it and everyone was off work and luckier ones got to work from home but even that has more than its fair share of obstacles too. That wasn’t even an option for social care workers and Healthcare workers. It just seems so unfair that we’re expected to do so much and cope with so much while being compassionate and providing care to those vulnerable people we care for yet sometimes feeling expendable throughout the entire process.
This is a bit of a rant but I feel justified in ranting so I’m going to continue. Healthcare workers aren’t asking for better pay, or better work hours. We want to feel safe again coming to work and doing our jobs. It’s a tough and crazy time we’re living in but still we need to be taken care of or how else can we provide what the government called “ESSENTIAL Work” and were “Heroes“. Honestly if the so called heroes can barely get vaccinated and struggle to take time off and get a break from work due to the short staffing numbers due to the pandemic. Who in their right fucking mind wants to be a hero then!
I just want my vaccine, I want to feel safe and not forgotten about. If the government and employers expect so much then why do they choose to give so little. I won’t even waste my time in wondering or hoping for some financial assistance or bonus for coming to work each and every single day during a global pandemic. I’m not that naive anymore unfortunately, I just want things not to be easy even just a little less difficult. Loyalty, hard work, bravery and commitment to helping others is only getting us sick, burnt out and feeling taken advantage of.
I’m aware this may come off as a poor me or all about just how it’s affecting me but I feel if I don’t at least say something that nobody else will.