Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
Like many in Group 1b which has been designated by Australia’s national Cabinet as high priority for the Covid vaccination, I heeded our government’s invitation to make an online booking for my first Covid shot. I was a little mystified as to why the invitation was extended at all given that the vaccination program for the highest priority group (ie. our quarantine and frontline health workers, as well as aged care residents) hasn’t been completed yet and the vaccine is in short supply, but I guess our nimble government can walk and chew gum at the same time. So, I thought I would try to book an appointment anyway. You never know, I might get lucky. Picture this, 6 million of us in the 1b priority group trying to make a booking at the same time. Of course, not all of us in that group tried to book but a large number did make the effort. As you can imagine, it wasn’t a happening thing.
Anyway, anyway, I really do hope we won’t be forced to book our vaccination online. My understanding is that HealthEngine, the company contracted by the government to build the online booking platform, was fined last year for privacy breaches (selling the non-clinical personal data of users). No doubt the government has assured itself that this won’t happen again. She’ll be right, mate. It is truly a confidence inspiring move. Ever heard of vaccine booking hesitancy?
I am dedicating this song to my friend, Punam, who blogs at paeansunplugged. Punam has temporarily stopped blogging for family reasons. Those of you who follow Punam will be relieved to know that she and her family are okay but she is very busy at the moment. I also dedicate my selection to all the wonderful frontline health workers around the world. They are doing it tough. Let’s all do our part to help them out by staying close to home and giving everyone space.
Let’s get into it. I’ve chosen a cover of an old ELO favourite, Mr Blue Sky, sung by Allison Young. Enjoy.
Here’s to more blue sky.