Easter Monday. A nationwide lockdown now in place. On our morning walk a blue gendarmes van passes us but doesn't stop. The only traffic we see in forty five minutes. A reminder to print out the permits that allow us to be within 6 miles of our front door.
A start of day chat with men in dark suits. Ukraine this mornings top concern. We're at that stage in a new Presidency when the worlds mischief makers see how much leeway they have. The Manhattanites also show great interest in the vaccine roll out. The US dollar has been strong on the back of 4 million doses a day in the US. By contrast the Euro has been weak as it becomes apparent that things won't be back to normal in time for the start of the all important summer holiday period in Spain. While I chat Sophie positions herself outside the front door to deal with any C-A-T-S that might dare to wander by.
Yesterdays vaccination process went smoothly. We showed up five minutes ahead of time and were told to fill out a one page medical history form ( rather simpler than the 8 pager the Germans require ). Neither of us has a pen. The receptionist lends us one but only after she tuts loudly and informs us that ' in France people usually bring their own pens'. After that were ushered into a very white and very modern waiting room with an enormously high ceiling. Everyone was masked up although one lady seemed to think it was only her mouth that needed to be covered. 'The Font' was in and out in three minutes. Angus took seventeen minutes, but only because the doctor wanted to have a long chat about whether I thought the Greens rather than the CDU could win the German elections. Interestingly, the doctor sat behind a desk and chatted while the bad tempered receptionist administered the injection. The doctor and a colleague ( and the receptionist ) are scheduled to do 160 vaccinations a day , every day, for the next month. Two doctors at the surgery will be vaccinating full time, while the remaining two will carry on dealing with 'general' problems. The whole process will start again for second jabs in May. The doctor says that he hasn't had one local refuse to be vaccinated. 'It's free' he says by way of explanation. The doctor and receptionist are thanked for working during their Easter Sunday lunch hour.
After that we sat outside in the car park for a quarter of an hour to make sure there were no side effects. This morning 'The Font' has a sore shoulder. Angus is as right as rain. Both of us are simply delighted to have started the path back to normality. In fact that's not true. We're not simply delighted to have been vaccinated , we're DELIGHTED !!! to have had the jab.