A 90-year-old British woman is the first person in the world to receive a clinically authorised, fully tested coronavirus vaccine.
Healthcare staff, certain people over 80 and care home workers will be among the first to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in what is being called the largest vaccination programme in British history.
The National Health Service began delivering the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine this morning.
Margaret Keenan received the jab at about 6.45am in Coventry, marking the start of a historic mass vaccination programme. Keenan was reported as saying:
“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. 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.”
Staff Nurse Parsons, the person giving the jab, was also quoted as saying:
“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.”
The government has secured 800,000 doses but orders have been placed for 40 million in total. It is understood that the majority of doses will not become available until next year, although another four million doses are expected to be available by the end of the year.
70 hospital hubs across the UK are now gearing up to give the jab.