BartsMS to the Excel for the Jab Please read


Heads up! To all with MS, on immunotherapies, heading to the Excel Centre in London for your 2nd jab… As soon as you arrive tell a staff member so you will get taken to the front of the line… and not have to wait for ages (like yours truly). It’s very busy there…

Thanks for the Info and advice from Rachel Horne

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  • Is this just at Excel in London?

    I stood in the queue in The Centre for Life (Newcastle) few weeks back for an hour, with an allotted slot that was running about 40 mins late–I haven’t spent that much time in a building of any sort apart from my home and a day getting Ocrevus in the past year!-should I have asked to go further up the queue?

    • Apparently the Royal London offered people who haad been in the Hospital last year the offer of the Jab…The take up was emormous and caused the long queues, we need to get more “vaccine confidence” and it will get even more of a queue at the excel.

  • Sadly didn’t work for me. I told the booking in person and I’m still stood in the long queue now 🤦🏼‍♀️ At least it’s moving…

    Or maybe I should have been more pushy.

    • I should add that I have now had my second dose and am very grateful for all the arranging and rearranging of appointments to allow it to happen!!

  • I saw this a few days ago and thought it was someone pulling our leg, but I had my 2nd jab yesterday, turned up at the Excel Centre and saw the long queue, wished I had gone to the loo first! But as soon as I said I was there for MS, the check in lady went to get another lady and she escorted me to the front of the queue! Thanks people, really appreciated! I would have been too shy to insist on it.

  • I have to admit that it’s a bit of a relief to have volunteered and been rejected for every vaccine trial I’ve heard of (lots of HCP friends so I hear about things).

    I’m surprised you’ve not been vaccinated as hospital staff though – all my hospital friends have been vaccinated, even admin/finance/facilities management.

    You’ll be relieved to know I’ve stopped moaning about not being offered a vaccination now. In the space of a week I’ve been offered it four times. I work in community development so a contact at a community centre said I could get on the list for unused doses there (six people a day don’t turn up, she said). Then I got a text from my GP. Then I was offered it via my food bank volunteering. Then via Queen Square at the Crick. I got the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday from a lovely medical student at a local health centre.

    Side effects were fatigue – mind you I did a 10k tempo run on the afternoon of my vaccination before showering and cycling to the vaccination centre. And a sore arm which I likened to the after effects of a tetanus booster – though I can now say the tetanus booster ache lasts longer as my arm is fine today. I can’t sleep on that side for a week after a tetanus jab (am I right that they are not standard vaccinations here? I think my last was 11 years ago so I’m overdue).

    I had to cut a 22k run short yesterday and try again today. I was still tired but at least my legs were more cooperative. And though it was colder today I got terrible Raynauds symptoms yesterday – one finger was still numb many hours later when I went to bed. Absolutely fine today. My run was slow and difficult but at least the fatigue had subsided enough for me to get through it.

    And I can swap yesterday’s run with tomorrow’s and have a rest day tomorrow. Of course my marathon has now been deferred a second time… But the point is to get my fitness back and maybe by the time I can race again I can do so competitively.

    • I’m not hospital staff and dont work in the hospital. I guess we get viewed as teachers
      There are some stories to tell but I won’t go there as there are some very bitter people where I work, based on comments in the Guardian

      Hope the second jab goes OK and remember to take a pill to limit fever.

  • It does seem, anecdotally at least, that the side effects are worse for the first AZ and the second Pfiser vaccines. Know several people who were quite ill following their first AZ and second Pfiser doses. Good idea to be prepared with paracetamol etc. (NB The person I know who had the worst time following their first AZ said it was well worth it and gave him an idea of how awful Covid might be.)

      • When we manage flu-like side effects in patients on interferon-beta, which incidentally can also be associated with Uhtoff’s, ibuprofen has been shown to be more effective than paracetamol. Some patients use both in combination and others find cycling between 1g paracetamol and 400 or 800mg of ibuprofen 4 hourly works best.

          • Not OTC. You can take another NSAID in combination with misoprostol to protect the stomach, for example, Arthrotec which consists of a gastro-resistant core containing 75 mg diclofenac sodium surrounded by an outer mantle containing 200 micrograms of misoprostol.

  • Now of all of the knowledge you hear, and proves to be untrue, this is not one of them, at the mear
    mention of Barts sure enough you will be fast tracked.

    Thank you Barts

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