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Covid vaccine: UK woman becomes first in world to receive Pfizer jab

A 90-year-old woman has become the first patient in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after its approval in…

By admin , in latest news , at December 8, 2020 Tags: ,

A 90-year-old woman has become the first patient in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after its approval in the UK, where the NHS has launched its biggest vaccine campaign.

Margaret Keenan received the jab at about 6.45am in Coventry, marking the start of a historic mass vaccination programme.

The vaccines will be administered at 50 hospital hubs around the country, with patients aged 80 and over who are either already attending hospital as an outpatient or are being discharged home after a hospital stay, being first in line.

Keenan, known to family and friends as Maggie, received the injection from the nurse May Parsons at University hospital and said it was a “privilege”.

The former jewellery shop assistant who retired four years ago turns 91 next week.

“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19, it’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the new year after being on my own for most of the year,” said Keenan, who has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.

“I can’t thank May and the NHS staff enough who have looked after me tremendously, and my advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too.”

Parsons said it was a “huge honour” to be the first in the country to deliver the vaccine to a patient.

“I’m just glad that I’m able to play a part in this historic day. The last few months have been tough for all of us working in the NHS, but now it feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said Parsons, who is originally from the Philippines and has worked in the NHS for the last 24 years.

Boris Johnson said: “Thank you to our NHS, to all of the scientists who worked so hard to develop this vaccine, to all the volunteers – and to everyone who has been following the rules to protect others.”

The prime minister added: “We will beat this together.”

Matt Hancock said he felt emotional watching the video of Keenan receiving the vaccine and hailed the moment as “a triumph of science and human ingenuity”.

Several million further doses will be arriving in the UK this month, the health secretary told Sky News, although he declined to give an exact figure, saying it depended on the manufacturing and transportation processes. “We have a high degree of confidence in the delivery that will come next week.”