Eulalie Beach-Roberts of Biabou, St Vincent and the Grenadines is a retired nurse in her 70s. She worked in mental health and general nursing and was also an active member of SVG-UK. She received her 1st dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on the 8th February and agreed to tell us about her experience:
“I have diabetes, high blood pressure and was told to ‘shield’ in March last year. Most of the time I have been indoors only occasionally going out.
At first, I had slight concerns about the vaccine because it is new and there have been so many horror stories going around. I now just filter everything out because some people were talking too much nonsense. If you let all these things enter your mind you will end up doing nothing but live with fear. We have been taking vaccines since the time we were born. I took a vaccine in October for flu, as I do every year, and now I have taken a vaccine for Corona.
It was easy to make an appointment. I received my letter, booked the appointment online and was vaccinated a few days later. I am familiar with St Thomas’ so I went there. It was very well organised. They explained the vaccine and they also gave me some literature. I only felt a little sting in my arm, just like the flu vaccine. I have not had any side effect since and it is now Thursday.
I still need to shield but I feel a little more protected and positive with the vaccine. However just because you have been vaccinated doesn’t mean you are 100% protected. My only concern is how we will transition to the easing of restrictions. There are still people out there who are not vaccinated and are not social distancing. I haven’t seen my son and my grandson since before Christmas.
My dear cousin is with me in the photo of me holding the flag. Sadly, in July 2020 she passed away from cancer and due to COVID I could not attend her funeral. It was heart breaking, my last memory of her is from March when she brought me supplies during lockdown. I just hope everyone will get the vaccine so once again we can socialise.