I think my experience matched 99% of those who went for their AZ vaccination thus far. It was by far the most well organised, staffed by pleasant and polite staffers... plus knowledgable and patient doctors to chat with you for however long you wanted to. It was swift, highly efficient, more than adequate information and downright professionalism at it best.
WHY CAN'T OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICES BE LIKE THAT??? Ok, I think we will even accept 50% of that level of competence.
Why did I immediately signed up for AZ? Read as much as I could on the vaccines. Bottom line, all the top 6 vaccines will have different efficacy BUT key factor is if you take the vaccine and you get COVID19, you probably/surely will not die from it. Isn't that the key? Vaccines may not protect you 100% but anything above 60-70% is better than nothing. Another key point, if you get COVID19 after vaccination, it is likely to be mild.
Lastly, we need to get to herd immunity ASAP. So what if I am not getting "the best vaccine". Let's all do our part to get there. Its like a war, some will go into it with hammer and tongs, some will get guns, some will get AK47s... but let's all do our part.
I am not referring to us as a sinking ship per se, but when there is a crisis on a ship... you don't ask for what colour the lifejackets you want, would you??!!
Already we know how the developed nations have secured and hoarded the vaccines. We get our depending on how the global forces "discriminate against less developed countries" We can cry and whine, but let's get out of this mess first.
I see no reason not to take AZ. Unless you are someone who has been taking birth control pills for sometime in the past (then wait for the other vaccines). For a whole host of reasons, some we should have swifter initiative to counter, some which were beyond our ability to counter (big pharma, developed nation status, patent issues) - our rate of vaccination is very very low and if you wait, we will only get there in 2-3 years time.
There will be side effects, my friends who went all had mild to being feverish for half a day or two but came out well after some panadols/actifast. Some had mild headaches fr a day or so, no big issue. All subsided by first, second or third day. I just had very mild fever for a couple of hours on the first night, that's it.
Oh, and bring a PEN or two (to lend to others) when you are going for vaccination.