Just got off my weekly family Zoom. Not a happy one this week.
Sister had a "chat" with her MP a couple of days ago.
For background, Sis is 54, her immune system is essentially shot and she's been around 1/4 lung capacity since her late teens, and until her kids left home she'd typically spend 3-4 months of the year in hospital, with frequent trips to ICU. She hasn't left the house since February - during which she hasn't been in the same room as her husband.
Her husband is a dentist - front line health worker, and will be handing out vaccines once authorised.
Healthy 65 year olds are a higher priority for vaccine than people like Sis because "you're not leaving the house at the moment". Neither Sis nor Hubby are eligible for testing absent symptoms. MP signed off with "I take the train to London every week and have mild asthma, we're all in this together".
My bbrothe works with a lady - 27F who's husband had a heart transplant 8-9 months ago, is on the strongest immune-suppressants going. Husband lost his business. They live in a small 1-bed flat and simply cannot live separately.
She has to go to work and teach 150+ snotty-nosed kids every day. She cannot be furloughed, she cannot take paid time off work. School has allowed that they could arrange for her to have the entire academic year off - unpaid.
Low priority for vaccine and ineligible for testing absent symptoms.
She's late home after work every day as she needs to compose herself and confront her fear as to whether she's been exposed that day.
The headmaster spoke to their MP on her behalf. "Some people just have to suck it up".