So, Melbourne has a COVID-19 vaccination walk in program, which is what I did. Recounting the events before the first dose at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, I booked during a lockdown.
It was unusual to venture into the city during this time because there were so many restrictions when often the city is extremely busy. I could only make my way in because I was getting the vaccine. People can be creatures of habit so when you are in an extremely familiar situation that is suddenly unfamiliar it can be unsettling. Obviously the most noticeable factor missing was people. Certainly, seemed desolate and empty. The medical context amplified the situation as I was transporting to an extremely regulated venue, partly to maintain a health standard and to safeguard against another coronavirus outbreak.
A few weeks later I had the second dose in the same situation. Now months later, and if you read something I wrote earlier on the blog, after investigating what seemed like a vaccine attack, I can say that I am vaccinated.
After my experience I can see the argument for vehemently opposing invasive pandemic restrictions and mandatory vaccination. Particularly in a rushed setting as often vaccines take a long time to develop.
Before my experience I had already decided I was fine about getting the vaccine. I was in the safe vaccine group so it was more a question of ethics and I had always decided that I would want to be vaccinated against this coronavirus.
I am annoyed about what happened in the aftermath of getting the vaccine, but I don’t entirely blame the vaccine itself. Looking at every factor, mainly the wider context, of an unprecedented situation where never seen before, in my lifetime, pandemic restrictions have been implemented in Melbourne. Regardless I preferred to be vaccinated.
I have now finished the Department of Health walk in vaccine program.