Further to my June 30 post headlined The Hillman Hunter option, I feel it’s only fair to record that my wife and I had our first Covid-19 vaccinations yesterday in Masterton.
A sluggish system suddenly lurched into action last Thursday, only a day after that post, with a text message inviting us to ring an 0800 number. This I did, and we were given an appointment yesterday afternoon with a further booking for the second jab in three weeks.
We joined dozens of others in a temporary vaccination centre and the process was conducted with admirable efficiency. It would be stretching things only slightly to say there was an almost festive atmosphere.
So it took a while, but in our little corner of the world the vaccination programme finally seems to be working. The same can’t be said, unfortunately, for other parts of the country where vulnerable people are seething with frustration at the lack of reliable information, still less action.
While my wife and I have been taken care of, that doesn’t alter the perception that the vaccination rollout has been characterised from the start by delay, uncertainty, confusion and false assurances. This will add to a mounting pile of resentments against a government that consistently over-promises but under-delivers.