The Anonymous Widower

Job Done – I’ve Now Had My First Covid-19 Vaccination

I arrived a few minutes early at the Francis Crick Institute, for my appointment to be vaccinated.

I had booked to be vaccinated there, as I wanted to have a look inside one of London’s new modern buildings.

I was told to enter from the North side of the building. As the pictures show there were no signs, but someone had spotted me and given me directions.

I was directed to stand in a particular place and then told to enter the building, by walking down a set of stairs to the basement.

  • I think my temperature could have been automatically checked before entry, as it certainly wasn’t anywhere else, that I noticed.
  • There was a stair-lift at the entrance, for those not able to manage the stairs.
  • Not that I saw anybody walking with more than the aid of a stick!

Once in the basement, I was asked to sit on one of about ten socially-distanced chairs.


There were a group of about six young ladies and perhaps a couple of young men, who then registered all those who had come for vaccination.

This was done mainly using your NHS number, so make sure you bring it.


Once registered, I was moved to another set of socially-distanced chairs, each of which was outside a cubicle.

I was then called in to the cubicle and given an interview by a young doctor.

She asked general questions and some about the drugs I take, so make sure you know what drugs you’re taking.

But otherwise the questions were ones everybody should know about themselves.


Once interviewed, I was moved to another set of socially-distanced chairs, each of which was outside a cubicle.

After about five minutes, I was called into the cubicle to be vaccinated, by a young lady.

I was only asked one question and that was whether I was right-handed or left-handed.

I am complicated, as because my left arm was badly broken by the school bully and I am right-handed, I prefer to have injections in my dominant right arm.

I also told her, that my unusual skin, means I don’t bleed from injections and she wouldn’t need a plaster.

She then said, that very few need a plaster with this vaccine.

The injection was quick and one of the few where the vaccinator didn’t say something like “Sharp scratch!”

I held a small cotton wool pad over the spot for perhaps thirty seconds, but despite being on Warfarin, my skin did its usual good job of stopping any bleeding.

I declined the sticker saying I’d been vaccinated and before I left, I was told I’d had the AstraZeneca vaccine.


From the time I arrived until the time I left was about half-an-hour.


It was all very professional and well-organised.

I’ve worked in factories and it was arranged very much how some factories are arranged, where the product being built is moved from one work-station to another until they reach Despatch.

It was also very relaxed and unhurried with lots of extra young people directing the patients around the various seats and cubicles.


I have done my share of time-and-motion studies in the past and I suspect that, as time progresses, that the number of patients handled by this facility could be increased.

On the other hand, it may be kept a bit below capacity to make sure the relaxed atmosphere is preserved.

A Thought On The Staff

I must admit, I didn’t see all of the staff, but of the ones I saw, only one wasn’t white and she was Chinese and called Ying. Incidentally, she registered me, when I arrived.

A Thought On The Patients

All of the patients were white and with the exception of one other and myself, they were all female. As the patients were mainly over sixty and had probably made a choice to be vaccinated at the Francis Crick Institute on their computer, I find the ethnic distribution of the patients curious.

A Thought On The AstraZeneca Vaccine

I have a regular B12 injection and a flu vaccination every year, so I’m used to injections. The practice nurse is very quick, but the lady, who vaccinated me today was exceptionally quick.

  • She also had a couple of syringes ready-filled waiting for me and following patients.
  • She was able to vaccinate me, without my taking off my short-sleeved shirt and thermal vest.
  • I also hardly felt a thing.
  • I didn’t need a plaster.

As a friend, who also had the AstraZeneca vaccine, also said he didn’t feel a thing, I wonder, if AstraZeneca have designed this vaccine and its delivery system, so that patients can be quickly vaccinated.

Imagine market day, in a very populous country like Brazil, India or Nigeria! Has this vaccine has been designed to handle mass vaccinations in an environment like that?

It should be remembered that this is AstraZeneca’s first vaccine.

I have a feeling, that this vaccine could have been designed to a new set of rules, so that teams can vaccinate large numbers of people quickly.


January 28, 2021 - Posted by | Health | , , , ,


  1. Did they give you a card with details of the vaccine and date of your next appointment?

    Comment by MauriceGReed | January 29, 2021 | Reply

  2. I got the card, but I booked the second appointment on-line, when I booked the first! I also got texts and an e-mail reminders.

    It looks like they got an expert from an on-line shopping to build the system.

    It’s up there with the best and you can’t often say that when computing for the Government is concerned.

    Comment by AnonW | January 29, 2021 | Reply

  3. Fingers crossed the missus & I get jabbed on Saturday. She has been Coeliac for over 20 years.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | January 29, 2021 | Reply

  4. I was diagnosed in 1997, but I have been coeliac since birth! How much better would my life have been, if I’d been diagnosed earlier?

    I]d like the experience of others, so post how it was for you, afterwards. Thanks.

    Comment by AnonW | January 29, 2021 | Reply

  5. […] Yesterday, I received my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which I wrote about in Job Done – I’ve Now Had My First Covid-19 Vaccination. […]

    Pingback by A Way Out Of The AstraZeneca Vaccine Row With The EU « The Anonymous Widower | January 30, 2021 | Reply

  6. We both got our first jab today and it was the AstraZeneca one. Nuts to the Germans & French claiming no good for over 65s. If they don’t like or want it there’s more for our people.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | January 30, 2021 | Reply

  7. Did you feel anything and did the vaccinator use the words they usually do “Sharp Scratch”?

    Comment by AnonW | January 30, 2021 | Reply

    • We hardly felt the needle. I have no side effects. My missus said her arm ached and it felt hot for about an hour and then it wore off. During the night flu-like symptoms kicked in and she now feels cold and shiver.

      Comment by MauriceGReed | January 31, 2021 | Reply

  8. My experience and those of a friend too!

    Comment by AnonW | January 31, 2021 | Reply

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