So I went for my first shot of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine. I had to drive about 17 miles to get to the vaccine centre in Midhurst, Sussex.
My appointment was 14:15, so I arrived around 13:55, when I came out of the car park the queue was massive, so I joined the end of the queue and overheard the patient in front of me tell the NHS volunteer there appt was for 12:15, so a two hour backlog, he asked me my appt time and decided that it was not going to be a good idea for me to stand in the cold for the next two hours and escorted me past some of the people in the queue, we stopped at the first corner and called out the name “Hugh” and asked him if he would kindly escort me to the front of the line.
So this Hugh turns out to be none other than Hugh Bonneville, the famous film and tv actor from the Downton Abbey series in which he played Robert Crawley, The Earl of Grantham.
He assisted me past the snaking line of people, making sure I was OK, and left me in safe hands at the building entrance, he was in fact a thoroughly decent human being, but that being said, all of the Volunteers and NHS workers were absolutely amazing, not only that not one of the people in the line complained about me jumping to the front, I cannot thank the NHS Staff and volunteers enough for making my vaccination experience so nice.
I was told the the delay was due to a couple of vaccinators not being able to make it in, so nobodies fault.
Its now 04:20 on Sunday morning I’ve been up for an hour with flu symptoms as I have a few underlying health conditions and was told this and could happen, but so glad I had my vaccination.