• Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 3 months ago
    Recently, when I click 'reply', the person's name appears OK - but with the cursor on the left (not right) of it. I thought I'd let you know!
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  • Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 4 months ago
    It's really strange here in Redbridge. Some local people have had their jabs but much older folk are still waiting. There doesn't seem to be one cohesive system that works. The way I understand it (so far) is that those with health concerns get a text from their GP and book. Those who are fit and well get a letter (or text?) from NHS England. The online booking system says to wait until you get your 'invite' - yet neighbours have just booked without one and have been accepted - according to date of birth. There's a local hall where people get their jabs and, apparently, if you 'just turn up' late in the day, you're often successful in getting vaccinated as they have some left over. It must be easier if you have a car to sit and wait in - but I'm tempted to try that when the snow thaws - if I still haven't heard. Is it like this everywhere?
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  • Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 4 months ago
    As soon as the delay of second doses was announced, I was instantly suspicious that it was more of a political decision, a panic reaction - than a carefully considered medical strategy. Of course, here in the UK we're high up in the race to get our population vaccinated, or that's what it looks like. Still, we're an experiment (lab rats?) with the rest of the world watching. Will it work or won't it? Will the 'vaccinated' - half-vaccinated with a single dose, feel 'safe', believe the problem's solved and abandon social distancing, masks and hand washing? Will they mix with friends and family? Will they catch Covid? What are the outcomes for the 'first dose only' victims? A report from Israel -where they follow Pfizer/BioNtech protocol in giving the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine three weeks after the first: https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-real-world-analysis-of-vaccine-in-israel-raises-questions-about-uk-strategy-12192751
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  • Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 4 months ago
    As soon as the delay of second doses was announced, I was instantly suspicious that it was more of a political decision, a panic reaction - than a carefully considered medical strategy. Of course, here in the UK we're high up in the race to get our population vaccinated, or that's what it looks like. Still, we're an experiment (lab rats?) with the rest of the world watching. Will it work or won't it? Will the 'vaccinated' - half-vaccinated with a single dose, feel 'safe', believe the problem's solved and abandon social distancing, masks and hand washing? Will they mix with friends and family? Will they catch Covid? What are the outcomes for the 'first dose only' victims? A report from Israel -where they follow Pfizer/BioNtech protocol in giving the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine three weeks after the first: https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-analysis-shows-one-vaccine-dose-leaves-uks-over-60s-seriously-vulnerable-12192949
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  • Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 5 months ago
    COVID-19 vaccination scam alert Some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details. Like other scams, the same rules apply;  Don’t click on links or attachments in unexpected texts, emails or instant messages.  Challenge every request for your personal details.  It doesn’t matter what they say or what they know about you, don’t respond to unexpected phone calls, hang up, take five then verify their claims via a trusted method. (such as the usual website or official phone number) The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old. The NHS will:  NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.  NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud either online; https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or via phone 0300 123 2040 Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to the MPS online or by calling 101. Link to an example of the scam text message on behalf of which.co.uk https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/scam-nhs-covid-vaccine-text-message/
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  • Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 5 months ago
    I can't remember if I mentioned this already - but here goes: After 40 odd years of regularly making/baking rounds of scones, I've recently discovered that, if you soak the dried fruit first, it doesn't burn!
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  • Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 4 months ago
    When I logged in today, my notifications are from 1 day, 5 hours ago. I doubt that nobody has posted since, so they seem to be 'stuck'. Is it just me?
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  • Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 6 months ago
    Looking for large indoor plant pot covers (for the ever growing houseplants) I was pretty horrified at the cost of them. When I searched for 'waste bins', though, a very similar selection/size of metal, plastic or basket containers were miles cheaper. So, it seems, we're being ripped off, with costs 'adjusted' according to how much we're prepared to pay for different items. My favourite bargain is from Homebase, £2 for a frosted plastic bin. Buckets make good garden pots when you just drill some drainage holes in them too
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