Only in 2021 could this headline be true as UK police officers mistook a long line of pensioners for a rave queue.
Essex police were alerted to possible trouble when a large group of people were seen outside the Essex Freemasons’ Saxon Hall in Southend. Which immediately made the police suspicious as large groups are outlawed in lockdown England right now.
But after rushing to the scene with lights blazing expecting an out-of-control rave and big tunes, the police were confronted by a group of 80-year-old pensioners slowly inching forward on zimmer frames looking to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Saxon Hall chairman, Dennis Baum, said: “It was really funny when the police arrived as they had been notified that there was a “rave” taking place at Saxon Hall – only to find 80 and 90 year-olds on wheelchairs, zimmer frames and walking sticks, patiently queueing for their vaccinations.
The large queue was caused by a delay in one of the vaccinations being delivered. And when the vaccine did arrive, there were fewer doses than expected, meaning plenty of grumpy pensioners eager to get their life back on track.
Rich Brits flying out to Dubai to get their Covid vaccines
Super-rich Brits are using a UK company to fly them out to the UAEand take advantage of the UAE’s Covid vaccine plan.
The Knightsbridge Circle is an AED100,000-a-year private members club that is flying its clients to the UAE and India on holiday. And while they’re on their luxurious holiday, they’re booked in for the Covid-19 vaccinations. As many as 20% of the club’s members have taken advantage of the vaccine loophole.
Unlike the UAE, Britain is only vaccinating the most at-risk members of society, with the bulk of the population set to be vaccinated by the autumn. So, instead, some Brits are flying to Dubai to get their vaccine, despite being urged not to travel by the UK government.
Knightsbridge have been flying over-65s to Dubai for the past few weeks.
The club’s founder Stuart McNeil told the Telegraph: ‘It’s like we’re the pioneers of this new luxury travel vaccine programme. You go for a few weeks to a villa in the sunshine, get your jabs and your certificate and you’re ready to go.”
Trips to Dubai, including the jab, cost around AED200,000 for a month-long trip including first-class flights with Emirates. They have their first jab as soon as they land and then wait for the second one while they stay in an apartment in the JBR.