Is there an element of risk involved?

Only if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients.

Side effects?

Shivers, headache, tiredness. Take some paracetamol.

And that’s it?

That’s it.

You’re sure there’s not a Bill Gates microchip in there?

I’m sure. Roll your sleeve up.

Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt, hosted by SammiScribbles. This week’s prompt was: Element. Click on the link to read more stories by other writers.

This is more of a public service announcement. Got my first vaccine injection yesterday, and despite an uncomfortable headache overnight, feeling fine this morning. No sign of anyone from Microsoft or Apple tracking my movements so far. No excuses people, get the vaccine.

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24 responses to “ROLL YOUR SLEEVE UP”

  1. Sorry but the truth is we do not know the side effects and anyone speaking with authority on it should state that – just FYI


    1. *rolls eyes* I’m not going to try and change your mind if that’s what you want to believe. The truth is the vaccines are safe. They have been through all the necessary checks and trials. The vaccines are what will end the global pandemic. Get the vaccine. No excuses.

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      1. well rolls eyes – you cannot say that with such absolute certainty –
        and whenever there is mercury in a vaccine it is adding toxins to the body –
        and I guess that the current vaccine has reached enough effective support to get approved – and while I am not en expert – some of those who do no about vaccines are very weary about a less than three year trial.
        and while I believe vaccines can help with polio and other things – I am against using mercury and thing the flu shot is a crock.
        and with the vaccine for COVID
        I admit I do not have enough conducive evidence and you likely do not either – you bereave and argue with the narrative that has been fed to you

        and what upsets me is that nobody ever talked about making the immune system stronger
        want to overcome a virus?
        have strong and healthy terrain
        instead, people eat sugar diets (carbs and dangerous high fructose corn syrup) and that suppresses mane function
        they eat dangerous toxic oils (like soy oils, canola and vegetable oils) but that is never mentioned.

        viruses will come and go and check out Dr. Zach Bush for his wonderful insight about viruses and the human body.


      2. This is exactly the problem. I’ll say this loudly so you can hear it – THERE IS NO MERCURY IN ANY OF THE COVID-19 VACCINES. NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE. Medical agencies have cleared covid vaccines for safe use. More than 17 million people have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, the US has now cleared it for use. You are right, I am not an expert, and you are not an expert. But THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERTS ARE TELLING YOU VACCINES ARE SAFE AND YOU SHOULD GET ONE. So why do you refuse to listen to the experts? LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS AND GET THE VACCINE. Or don’t, I really don’t care.


  2. Laughing.
    This is a Public Service announcement from the BBC!

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    1. Well, NHS really. Hope France manages to get its vaccination programme into gear too.


  3. The Bill Gates microchip made me smile! I’ve had a first dose and as yet have no (known) instructions from Bill Gates! I like the clear, direct style of this piece.

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    1. Same here, so far life has gone as normal and no sign of mind control or government or corporate interference. Who’d have thought it!?


  4. I’ve put on so much weight during lockdown that the only thing I was worried about was that I might burst when they stuck the needle in!

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    1. 🙂 you should be okay, the needle isn’t that big!!

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  5. Microsoft already follows me around online so the micro chip will not reveal anything new. 😉

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    1. Between Alexa, my phone, online and the smart TV, they’ve got me covered too!! 🤣

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  6. LOL – I’ve gotten both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. No symptoms either time other than a sore arm but that’s normal with any shot, isn’t it? Hubby had symptoms with the first one but not the second. He has had Covid though so his reactions might be different because of that. Son got both shots and had no reaction after the first but chills and headache for half a day after the second. Just goes to show we are all different. Get the shot so we can compare notes when we are able to visit each other again!

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    1. Day after now. I got the AstraZeneca vaccine. A headache and a chill overnight, but after that all absolutely fine. Will have to wait a few weeks for 2nd dose. Great to hear you and your family have all got vaccine and are well Janet 👍

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  7. I know this will convey a lot of reassurance to many who have yet to take one of the vaccines. Well done, Iain.

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    1. I hope so Dora, the more people get it the better and the sooner life can return to normal.

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  8. Dear Iain,

    I’ve lived through the Pfirst Pfizer jab and await the second on the 25th. Love your piece.



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    1. My mum got the Pfizer too and had no side effects at all. Good to hear a good few people are getting the vaccines now. The light at the end of the lockdown tunnel is in sight. Thanks Rochelle.

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  9. Nice way to make a point, Iain. We have relatives that actually believe the microchip rumor. Sad.

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    1. It’s a little sad. I have to be honest, I have very little time for the arguments against having the vaccine!

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  10. As if they need to inject a chip. Like people aren’t walking around with tracking phones, tracking cars, and tracking whatever else. I’m looking forward to the vaccine, and for people I know to stop dropping like flies or getting sick.

    I’m getting ready for the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge. And hoping to honor the wonderful women in my life on March 8 for International Women’s Day.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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    1. Yeah, I gave up trying to hide form them years ago, what’s the point!? All signed up for A-Z this year, and even have some of my posts already written. See you there! 🙂


  11. There have been all kinds of rumours about the vaccine but I feel if we can mask up , keep a safe distance , restrict large crowds, improve immunity , why can’t we take the jab ? I’m waiting forever my second next week

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    1. Good for you Unishta, there is a light at the end of this last terrible year.


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