This viral tweet about the new Covid vaccine waitlist made us LOL

Jennifer Savin
·3-min read
Photo credit: Iryna Veklich - Getty Images
Photo credit: Iryna Veklich - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Towards the end of last year, the world rejoiced when it was announced that multiple vaccines to protect against COVID 19 had been developed by clever clogs scientists (shout out to those researchers – THANK YOU! 🙏).

It's been a couple of months since the coronavirus vaccine first started being rolled out (there's a nifty calculator here, if you're keen to check when you might be offered it), initially to the elderly, frontline workers and those with underlying conditions. Now, the waitlist has had a bit of a reshuffle – new measures have been put in place saying that as well as your occupation, age and medical history, your ethnicity and BMI will also be taken into account.

It definitely makes sense, given that research shows those who are overweight and who are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background are more at risk of falling seriously ill with COVID. However, it seems there are a few *kinks* in the system that still need ironing out, as proven by a recent tweet from journalist, Liam Thorp.

After being told that he'd moved up the waitlist and was due to receive his first dose of the vaccination next week, Liam suspected that something might be amiss and called his GP to double check – only to unearth a very LOL error on their computer system.

"So I’m not getting a vaccine next week - was feeling weird about why I’d been selected ahead of others so rang GP to check," Liam tweeted. "Turns out they had my height as 6.2cm rather than 6 ft 2, giving me a BMI of 28,000." So far his hilarious mix-up has been liked over 59,000 times.

Liam then added some additional (and most welcome) jokey commentary to his story: "I mean I’ve put on a few pounds in lockdown but not that many", "Coming soon: Tom Thumb's summer body workout plan" and "Don’t mind me guys, I’m just here living my 6.2 cm, 17.5 stone best life" being a few.

Back on the more formal side of things, this new vaccine algorithm (created by Oxford University) has seen an additional 1.7 million people added to the shielding list – it takes into account factors such as weight against height, any medication you're taking, as well as whether or not you're a smoker and your housing situation, to predict how you may be impacted by the virus. Those now deemed to be more at risk can expect to receive a letter from their doctor over the coming days, if they haven't already.

Cheers to Liam for brightening up our grey Wednesday with his tweet!

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