The letter came the other day, this followed on from the email, informing me that I was now eligible for the 'seasonal' Covid vaccination. 'Hooray,' said I, and returned to slumber.
Today, I looked up the online process, I clicked, I clicked again, always in the appropriate places, and clicked again.
I entered my National Health number.
I entered my date of birth, 2nd Jan 1990.
I clicked 'continue.'
I then selected the nearest centre offering the vaccination.
Witham! Six miles away, an hour on the bus, and even then I have to walk miles to find the place in the outskirts of town!
Other offerings were further afield.
I searched for the 'Walk in Centre.'
I found one in town!
This operates at the 'Braintree Village' shopping experience.
I looked up the opening times.
Sunday, the one day buses do not run!
There is a Hospital up the road, 20 minutes walk away even for me, and that is where I got the previous two vaccinations. The local 'Christchurch Pharmacy' run by a local church, offered the last booster.
For no good reason, cost in other words, if I take up this generous offer I must travel miles for it.
Shambles, that bloody Tories!
They have kept me waiting a month before accepting the change of details, for no reason.
Today I tried to sign in and had to go through all the hoops.
Eventually I was told to offer the last 4 digits of the phone number.
This I did.
I went through it all once more, informing them of my honest opinion.
I gave up.
I did get far enough into the mish mash of an organisation run by 14 year olds to find the phone number they required me to add was correct, however, the phone number on my details made no sense whatsoever. Where did it come from? I tried to delete it, but it appears to be still there.
Then I had to log in again, and now they are making me wait another month before I can go through all this again!
Happiness is not my name today.