If you follow my social media then you’ll know that I tested positive for COVID-19 and as such, I didn’t have enough petrol in the tank to record a podcast this week. I wasn’t able to qualify for the vaccination, and to be honest, I wouldn’t want it in favor of ensuring that elderly folks are first priority given the impact we know COVID has on 70+ year-olds.
Apparently Formula 1 feels the same as they were offered the vaccination by Bahrain. The offer was for F1 personnel and media who are attending both pre-season testing and the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks later.
“Due to the timescale of this year’s F1 event, including testing, the vast majority of participants will be present in Bahrain for a three-week period ahead of the race.
“This, in turn, allows a unique opportunity to provide additional protection for those who wish to take up the opportunity in the form of vaccination.” Said the Bahrain International Circuit via letter.
A spokesman for F1 said that they would not be partaking in the vaccination “ahead of the rollout of vaccines through the health system in the UK”.
Like F1, I wouldn’t have taken the vaccine if offered because I know for a fact that, here in the US, there are elderly struggling to get access to the vaccine while people much younger and with no health issues are getting vaccinations. There are large groups of people who have moved themselves up the “essential” list to get in line ahead of the most vulnerable and that, in my mind, is unfortunate.
I applaud F1 and the teams for turning the vaccine down as a show of unity for the UK and most at risk. On track, it is every driver for himself but that shouldn’t be our approach to COVID-19 and assisting the most vulnerable among us. F1’s position is admirable and I appreciate their support for those who are most vulnerable.
I do appreciate the many tweets and well-wishes from all of you and would ask you to keep Mrs. Camber in mind as she was sent to hospital due to partially collapsed lung. I apologize for missing a podcast this week, that’s not like me and I really try to never miss one. I do appreciate your patience during this tough time.