I’ll not forget the morning of 4th March 2021, driving to St Christopher’s Church in Hazelmere to receive my first COVID-19 vaccination. I knew it would be another couple of weeks for the vaccine protection to be significant.
The relief was immense, immediate, and tainted with some level of guilt (that I am now covered but others are not yet so lucky).
By the end of the month it is possible to observe the world through different lens, through which there is clear and visible optimism and a sense society is beginning to turn the COVID crisis around. To back this up, the press was reporting by the middle of the month that the number of daily COVID-19 deaths in the UK had fallen below 100 for the first time since October.
The schools have been re-opened to children in the past couple of weeks (after two-months of home / online education).
Incredibly, the UK vaccination programme set a record this month of administering just under 850,000 vaccinations in one day!
Today (30th March) the ONS reported that half of people in the UK now have the required level of antibodies to protect them against against the virus, either through infection or vaccination. What a turn-around!
At 12noon, on 23rd March, people of the UK took a minute’s silence to look back and to remember the 126,172 people who have died from the virus since the beginning of lockdown.