From the Crowd: Getting vaxed

“The Editor and the Prime Minister are quite right, we all need to be brave people and get the jab.” Picture: SUPPLIED

As someone who bared her bicep a couple of weeks ago to get the COVID-19 vaccination, I can say that it didn’t hurt a bit, thank you doctor.

The Editor and the Prime Minister are quite right, we all need to be brave people and get the jab.

My feelings were a little crushed when my doc groped around my flabby upper arm muttering: “Where is it?”

But a fleshy muscle was at last located, possibly hanging in my armpit, and successfully jabbed before I could even cringe.

I had to wait the obligatory 15 minutes under supervision to make sure I didn’t faint or anything like that.

All that happened was that I appeared to have dropped on the waiting room floor the little round sticky plaster supposedly covering the needle spot.

Nobody seemed concerned and despite daily blood thinners that many of us older folk take, no blood gushed forth.

Nor did I have a blood clot, which is more the point for youngsters under 50, I believe.

I know a couple of spry forty-something year olds who seem to have survived the process.

The reason I am not exactly clear on who is supposed to be getting the AstraZeneca and who isn’t is because my younger daughter known as Cuddles the thug seems to tell me a different story whenever I ask.

It is always not her turn. Or she’s still too young. Or she is working. Or she doesn’t know where to go. Or the dog has arthritis.

She will get a threatening gesture from the wooden spoon if she doesn’t grip up soon.

I don’t of course hit children, whatever age they are.

This could be something to remember when dealing with school bullies — beating them would seem to be counterproductive, or at least set a bad example.

Electronic bullying is a different matter and needs a lot of careful investigation and appropriate measures, not physical punishment.

There seem to be a great many people who still believe that hitting works, yet we still have violence in our society, generation after generation.

Mind you, I do remember being caned in primary school for throwing stones.

I was indignant and had to be ‘told on’ before I joined the trembling line in front of the class.

I insisted I was just tossing very small stones, little pebbles really, and not really at the other gang.

However, I had to hold out my hand and stifle my sniffles while I got three whacks.

I do admit I never threw stones in the school compound ever again. But then I wouldn’t have anyway, I think. Not my jam, really.

However, the use of stricter measures to control people is of serious concern so I was surprised to find myself agreeing with something now lost in my filing system. It is taken from, I suspect, the proposed public order act.

It seems, from the little I managed to retrieve, to deal with justice.

It says something along the lines of stopping efforts ‘to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Fiji’.

I’m absolutely with the powers that be on that one.

It is injustice that people are concerned about.

For instance some worried citizens in Lami came out on Queen’s Rd last week to protest about air pollution caused by clinker dust spilt on the road while being transported to the cement factories.

These people are not against the factories.

They just want the spillage and pollution to stop by finding safer ways to transport the clinker. They were dispersed by the police.

However, it seems appropriate regulations exist.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Waterways and Environment, Joshua Wycliffe, said the factories were issued with prohibition notices.

There would be checks to measure emissions and that all breaches rectified, but not lifted until the factories were fully compliant.

That’s good to hear because the recent United States report on human rights in Fiji had some things to say (in a different context) about measures being in place but not effectively implemented.

A couple of years ago when Mr Wycliffe was PS in the Ministry for Local Government, Urban Development and Housing (at that time) he actually came to meetings and listened to frustrated citizens who have no elected council representatives and were unable to have issues of blatant disregard for building regulations occurring over many years to be heard or discussed or dealt with.

I understand no residents’ representatives were invited to a recent Ministry discussion on city planning.

Members of the large and growing resident groups in long-established residential areas in Tamavua, Flagstaff and others are, like the Lami mob, not against building development — but they do want it to comply with the regulations and environmental concerns and for planning to be made transparent.

Because not doing so and changing the goal posts has led to development such as the unfinished multi-storey eyesore looking over Holy Trinity Primary School on Bau St, Suva.

Other building and industrial activities that actually endanger residents have also been allowed to continue.

Most of the residents affected or concerned have a great deal of affection for the administration of justice.

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