The US democrat congresswoman Ilhan Omar has criticised fellow politicians in the States as "shameful" for being injected with the COVID-19 vaccination before all health workers have had it.
That accusation, and similar ones on this side of the pond, show only too clearly that there are times when you're damned if you do, damned if you don't and really cannot win.
If politicians, other than those who are sufficiently old to come into a high priority category of clinical need, have the vaccine at an early stage, they get accused of jumping the queue.
If they don't they get accused of failing to show leadership and demonstrate that they have confidence that the vaccination is safe and effective. Ms Omar's fellow Democrat congresswoman, and usual close ally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (nicknamed AOC) chronicled her vaccination on a series of Instagram Stories and encouraged followers to ask questions about it.
When the same charge which Ilhan Omar has been throwing around generally was aimed at AOC she replied by pointing out the problems and loss of confidence which could all too easily result if politicians appeared to be telling other people to get a vaccine they were not willing to take themselves.
For what it's worth, I am one of at least two or three holders of elected office in West Cumbria who can say that we
- have not taken the vaccine yet as the rollout has not worked its way down the priority list to us yet, but
- will take it as soon as it is offered, and
- have close family members working at local hospitals who have been offered and taken the vaccine in line with NCIC NHS Trust's standard practice for rolling out this vaccine (and report no adverse reactions or ill effects.)