Marie Louise McConville: Getting my vaccine has given me a new outlook on life

I received my Covid-19 vaccine this week and I feel a lot more positive for it
Marie Louise McConville

It was the call I had been waiting on forever - or at least it felt that way.

I had built it up in my head.

How I would receive the news and how I would celebrate, and in the end, I just sat on the sofa in my oversized hoodie and had a cup of tea.

No, unfortunately, it wasn't the managing director of Primark inviting me to a VIP shopping night after hearing I am running out of clothes now that it has been shut for a millennium.

Nope, it was a young man at my GP surgery asking me to pop along to get my Covid-19 jab.

When he offered me the time slot, I could have danced on the table but my kitchen blinds were open and I've already given the neighbours enough to gossip about.

Both my parents and in-laws received their jabs weeks ago, thank goodness, and being a Type I Diabetic, I knew the call was coming and I leapt at the opportunity.

And it was just as I thought, painless and no problem.

I arrived at my set time to find a very organised and safe environment.

I was called in, given my little pamphlet and card and told to take a seat by the lovely surgery nurse.

She administered the painless injection and gave me some advice and some details and off I went.

All in all, I think I was in and out in under three minutes.

It's funny the difference it instantly made to my mood.

Suddenly, I felt a little bit happier and as I got into the car to drive home - after waiting the advised 15 minutes - I found myself smiling.

Katy Perry came on the radio and was singing about cocktails and the sun and getting a tan and it felt like she was talking just to me.

For the first time, I allowed myself to think ahead, especially about going on holiday.

I could see myself sitting outside a cafe with a cold Cosmo in front of me - no restrictions and no worry.

There's no doubt it has been a tough year and we are not out of the woods yet but I do feel that brighter times are ahead and not too far ahead.

We as a family have done all we can to follow the guidelines and stay at home in a bid to curb this awful virus and the vaccine is just the next step on the road.

And you know what they say, every great adventure starts with a first step and I feel like getting the vaccine was my first step towards normality.

It's been a long time coming but that's me on the road.

Here we go...


Hollywood beauty Charlize Theron has said she would be up for replacing Bruce Willis in a lesbian remake of Christmas movie favourite, Die Hard.

When the concept was put out to her on Twitter by a fan, the 45-year-old Academy Award winner said she thought it was a "great idea".

The actress, who has starred in movies including Mad Max, said she replied to the tweet because she thought the idea was "kind of brilliant".

In her response, Charlize also tweeted "where do I sign?"

She added: "The fact that it would be two women, I was like, 'Yeah, sign me on'."


Two of my favourite Hollywood actors are to finally team up again and I'm very excited.

My former crush, George Clooney (59), and Julia Roberts (53), who I believe to be possibly one of the nicest ladies in Tinseltown, are reportedly coming together for the ultimate romantic comedy.

In the movie, Ticket to Paradise - which will be the pair's first project since Money Monster in 2016 - the pals will play a divorced couple who fly to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they made 25 years prior.

The veteran actors are due to start shooting the movie later year.

I am really overjoyed to hear this news because I think this pair have such wonderful chemistry on screen.

The pals apparently first became close friends after appearing on screen together in 2001's Ocean's Eleven, which I just loved.

In 2016, while in Cannes for Money Monster, the friends spoke about not being just 'Hollywood friends'.

Julia said: "What a relief we're not Hollywood friends. I just said to him an hour ago, `Thank God we really do like each other, or we'd be in hell".

I just love these guys and can't wait to see them on screen together once again - one more post-lockdown thing to look forward to.

**Competitions will return in the coming weeks

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