Well, it’s official; this week I finally got my first jab of the COVID vaccine and I’m feeling more enthusiastic and hopeful than ever. It feels as though we are one step closer to a COVID-free world again! As I mentioned in my last blog post, anyone over the age of 18 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland became eligible to go online and book a COVID vaccination appointment. I got mine just a week after this announcement was made. I made my way to a walk-in vaccination centre here in Reading and managed to get the vaccine in under 30 minutes. All I needed to have with me was a form of ID and my NHS number. After the jab, I felt a little under the weather for the rest of the evening and having done a few rounds through the rumour-mill, I’d like to believe that it is because the vaccine was working 😊. The ease of the entire process was a testament to the fact that this is a part of the biggest inoculation programme the country has ever launched with almost 44 million people in the UK having received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The University of Surrey has also been incredibly supportive and active during this period and have a Rapid Response team in place who are able to provide all necessary practical advice relating to contact tracing, wellbeing support and health and safety actions. As more people in more teams return to on-campus working, the institution of this team has helped keep the campus operating effectively, safely, and in a COVID-secure way.
As I was recuperating, I decided to treat myself to some homemade Nando’s-inspired peri-peri chicken and rice; a picture of which I have inserted below. This was a delicious meal, that was both quick and inexpensive.
As a Unibuddy ambassador, I often get questions from prospective students about the types of meals that I prepare as a student, the expenses around them and where I source the inexpensive ingredients. I will be happy to go into depth about all the essential cooking tips I picked up as a student who loves to cook for herself these past few years. I will do this in my next blog post, so stay tuned!
Hoping and praying that everyone remains safe during this time.
That is all for now folks,