Just over a week ago, my Sydney-based housemates and I settled in to our living room couch as was ritual for Gladys' 11am press conference when an exhausted NSW Premier announced that our state had recorded 239 cases in the previous 24 hours.
It was our highest number to date.
Of course, since then we've hit 319 as a daily "record", but at the time, I remember that 239 number feeling particularly biting.
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Another month of lockdown loomed ahead, and that naive optimism I'd been keeping up faded very fast.
I cycled through anger and denial. How was it possible? We were coming up on one month inside, but the cases just kept rising.
Dr Kerry Chant called for people over the age of 18 to consider getting the AstraZeneca vaccine and, although I'd managed to book an appointment for Pfizer at the very end of September, I defiantly told my housemates, through tears: "I'm getting AstraZeneca. I can't wait any longer."
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As a person under 40, all the way through this pandemic, I've felt pretty useless.
I've followed the rules. I've checked in everywhere.
But for a good while there, I was being encouraged to get a vaccine that I was ineligible for.
Then one morning, Dr Kerry Chant asked me to do my bit, and frankly, I felt a wave of relief to know there was something I could do to get us out of this mess a little quicker.
So, following the press conference of course, I locked myself in my room, allowing myself to leave only once I had all the necessary information about AstraZeneca, and an appointment sorted.
How did I book my vaccine?
First, I called my local pharmacy to book an appointment, but they didn't stock the vaccine yet.
The helpful lady on the phone told me I could see which clinics stock the vaccine through this link, and after a few clicks, a map popped up showing me all the locations available for an appointment as early as that very day.