Journalist, Writer

The path to Pfizer vaccination is reactionary

This is a piece I wrote earlier I thought I would repost and respond to in the light of recent events and as my blog is developing.

My role as a Journalist is to report the facts, it is never about me.

This blog is going to be everything about me and what I do. 

As a writer, I think it is my point of difference in what I mentioned earlier is a competitive field and I believe it is going to provide a background into my personality and give insight into things that I do not always have time to answer.

Staying true to the principles of journalism, this blog is not going to be opinionated in a political sense but create interest in the journalist’s need to participate as an individual in the online world.

Glimpses of me on this blog are going to be rare. 

I think I mentioned earlier, this blog is only about me.

From a professional perspective I decided to take the step and get vaccinated during Melbourne’s increasing pandemic lockdowns. Pfizer is the vaccine I am eligible for against COVID-19. I spent a fair amount of time researching how, where, and when was best to approach vaccination in a restrictive setting. Whilst the task was not too arduous, there was a noticeable, although brief, aftermath. The incentive being the hope that vaccination will provide greater freedom and a high level of efficacy into the future.

I did get quite sick and suffered a minor injury soon after which was very unfortunate, although possibly not related, difficult to know if it was coincidental. Put it in context and must move on. I probably would have preferred not to go to a walk-in centre. I guess it depends on your situation.

The coronavirus vaccination program is available free to everybody in Australia, although participation is voluntary, with approved vaccine options being distributed under different circumstances depending on your situation and age, with any side effects and risks documented. 

Having written about the coronavirus pandemic for over a year now there are mixed arguments about the vaccines in Australia, as always, see below.

Information and advice on the coronavirus vaccines is frequently updated on the Australian Government health department websites.

Journalist, Writer

Beginning in a global pandemic

I always knew I would formally train to be a Journalist, since working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in TV news writing and production from 2008 – 2011. I never imagined back then that I would be starting in the field of journalism during COVID-19, the worst global pandemic in my lifetime. Certainly, it compels me to begin this blog. Observational writing on this blog is from a personal literary perspective only, where news articles are written, and factual evidence is cited organisations will be referenced. 

The general challenge of any crisis is to maintain a balance between common sense, urgency, and information intake. It is difficult not to be altered by the coronavirus, even for the most consistent of individual.

When COVID-19 was initially detected towards the end of last year and earlier this year, people thought it was a blip on the radar that would soon disappear, however the severity of the respiratory virus became clear as medical professionals began to decode the implications over the following months.

In such a crisis, many questions begin, when did this type of coronavirus specifically start, and if it is a mutation of an existing virus that we already knew about, what could we have done sooner to prevent this occurring.

The main challenge worldwide is that it is going to be difficult to find the resources to manage social distancing regulations to fight the spread, and at the same time focus relentlessly on finding a solution to the problem – a vaccination.