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.

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Bob
Bob
10 months ago

This is an awesome effort to get to this stage from across government and the private sector. And it will be fundamental to our security too – we shouldn’t lose sight of that.

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Absolutely Bob, superb effort a credit to our wonderful NHS and all the hard work of the Government putting this in place for us.

Ger ready for the usual wingers, I’ll save them some time.

Look how many have died before something was done though….

Whine about Dominic Cummings….

Whine about Boris, lack of PPE etc….

Whine about Brexit….

Its been going on ‘all year’ and Government haven’t taken my fragile personal feelings into account, or been round to flush my toilet….

I think that about covers it Bob.

Herodotus
Herodotus
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

You’re an idiot!

farouk
farouk
10 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Really

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Just the sort of insightful and thought provoking rebuke I would expect from UKDJ Socialist People’s Party LOL.

Herodotus
Herodotus
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Look at the comment below and explain why you appear not to have any sense of shame. Your pants have been pulled down and your nose painted red….but here you are with your shallow populism playing to the gallery…pathetic!

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Oh dear, toys back in pram, in must time for a nap…….

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

I’m not sure it was avoidable George, did anyone horde enough PPE for the pandemic??

Tenordream
Tenordream
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Nope, and that was the problem. Would you complain if we went to war and there weren’t any bombs ready to drop? Same problem. You have to prepare.

Jonathan
Jonathan
10 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

It’s worse George, we had great preparations ( literally world leaders in pandemic and civil contingency) from around 2010 till around 2013, HMG then let it all rot on shelves for 7-8 years or reformed it to death, ignored the warnings and accepted the risk In the hope it would not happen…… It was an utter breach of trust, my anger and the anger of may people I have worked And trained with is boundless and I know more a a couple of people who will be walking away and retiring early after the pandemic has stabilised to a sessional… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

Point taken George, but was any European Country prepared for this level of pandemic??

It seems that although Boris has only been in charge for a year, its all his fault somehow. I think he has stepped up and the government has largely done a good job.

I guess its the old British condition of self deprecation, we put the boot into ourselves, we don’t need others to do it!

Jonathan
Jonathan
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Hi john, it was, we let our pandemic stocks rot on shelves since 2010 without replacing and rotating out.

if we had a pandemic in say 2012 all those stocks and preparations were still inplace.

The need was know it could have been managed. The executive choice was to accept the risk that a pandemic would not happen this year…….they were right for about 7 years….then they weren’t. There are not many clinical or care staff that will be willing to forget and forgive that. It was a broken trust.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

I think it is fair to say HMG have got some things right and some things wrong in a set of circumstances the western world has not seen in a long time. Some criticism in my opinion is OTT, some fully justified. That applies to all European nations too. Furlong has generally been seen as a success. PPE clearly not so. As for mass vaccination, wonderful, we will all be able to stop social distancing and go out en masse to Oxford Street, pubs, bars, restaurants, parties, beaches, and summer holidays. Which has been happening anyway looking at the daily… Read more »

Herodotus
Herodotus
10 months ago

I do hope that the legacy of Covid 19 is a greater awareness of personal hygiene. The wearing of masks on public transport and the washing of hands seem sensible basic precautions to carry forwards! We can learn a lot from Singapore and other well organised Asian states and, perhaps, they might look more carefully at the animal life that they consume! It’s time to clamp down on absurd health benefits of eating endangered animal species!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Afternoon H. Just seen what my phone did with spelling “Furlong” Haha! I’ve always habitually opened pub, toilet and restaurant doors with my elbows or a tissue, long before Covid, so I’m not too bad there. But washing hands after a handshake or touching taps used by others never occurred to me, though now it seems insane not to. This whole experience has changed some of my behaviour, no doubt. Like you say, it’s awareness. That’s not to say I was unhygenic, it’s that I’m maybe OTT now, which might actually be a good thing. The lads at work look… Read more »

Herodotus
Herodotus
10 months ago

Careful Danielle, it sounds as if you are developing the Howard Hughes complex. When you get to the stage of wearing a service respirator, you know you’ve got problems!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Ha! Well, like him I do have mild OCD, as I’m very neat and tidy.

But maybe I should look on eBay…I’ve got a trainee with me from tomorrow in the box, not ideal. So a respirator would certainly get others talking and my wife would definitely by happier!

Herodotus
Herodotus
10 months ago

I’m sure the trainee won’t mind wearing a mask. I believe your wife is a teacher…how is she managing?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

He’d better, or I will close out the box and stop the trains!

You’ve a good memory, thanks. She’s no longer in that job, she hated the politics and the workload.

Luckily her current job allows her to work from home.
Sometimes she struggles with the lack of social interaction, that was a big part of her daily routine. Now it is all about ZOOM!

That’s all alien to me.

And in my job, as you know, I’m institutionalised, working with people??? Really!

Herodotus
Herodotus
10 months ago

Sounds a lot safer but, although teachers’ moan about the workload, we do miss the social interaction that goes with the job. I know that I do….could have gone on for a few more years had it not been for bloody Covid 19. On the other hand, I am very lucky, others have paid the ultimate price for their dedication and professionalism in the NHS.

farouk
farouk
10 months ago

Daniele, There has been a lot of smokes and mirrors regards COVID which the usual suspects have used in which to promote and further their own political agenda. For example whilst the Uk has been openly berated for the high death toll, what they fail to reveal is the high levels of recording the Uk uses, levels which are not replicated elsewhere. Before anybody attacks me have a butchers at the NHS website which records all the deaths across England and Wales. It really is comprehensive and I have not seen another like it https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-daily-deaths/ Pop down to weekly deaths… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
10 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Thank you Farouk. I will.

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Very interesting read Farouk thanks for sharing, that won’t sit well will some…

I suppose it’s partly because the liberal leaning left have had their respective arses handed too them over and over again in the last 4 years, they lash out in anger….

dave12
dave12
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

And its a shame the people with center politics like myself have to put up with the extreme left or Right politics where common sense is often left behind and the so called alternative media love to blame MSM for mistruths when its the alternative media crap that fans the flames on such extreme views not MSM lol!!

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago

Absolutely Danielle, re my ‘slightly’ in tongue cheek response, PPE was certainly an issue, but, it was for all countries and the government couldn’t magic millions of PPE items out of thin air overnight… Well the Chinese could, but to be fair they make it in country anyway! Like yourself, we have isolated and followed the rules, many simply haven’t bothered and blamed Boris for the rise in infections. So easy to blame the Government for the poisoned chalice they were handed. A big lack of personal responsibility and general whining, people should be thankful for the massive efforts made… Read more »

Jonathan
Jonathan
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

John I’m going to have to pull you up on a couple of things. 1)Cummings totally messed up our Public Health messaging with his activities, because the executive defended him they had to change a very clear and brilliant Public health message……say at home, save live protect the nhs…was and is a brilliant bit of messaging, they changed it the week Cummings was found to have not stayed at home. There is a great principle in public health..You much have the faith and trust of the public ( HMG even lost the faith of its own public servants over that… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Morning Jonathan, Many thanks for your detailed reply. I am certainly not knocking the NHS in any way, they have done a fantastic job of containing and treating the pandemic, best they can. It seems to me, a lot of the issues go back to Cameron, he instigated cuts in areas he shouldn’t have and left areas he possibly should have cut! The PPE situation is not dissimilar to the cuts made in Fire Service Terrorist emergency response units across the country at the same time, ie decontamination equipment quietly withdrawn to store etc. He took risks were he thought… Read more »

Jonathan
Jonathan
10 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

To be honest John I think we need to look at the damage, fragmentation and waste created by the sudo market. I would both create more cohesive blocks and regionalise. What most people don’t realise is the NHS as your average joe thinks of it does not exist, the NHS is a badge we hand out to organisations that hold a contract with an NHS commissioner to provide a set of services. So even in a county it’s not a single service, it around 100 different organisations all with a really big complex contract to do a set of things… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Can’t argue with that shopping list of ideas Jonathan!

The regional differences in the same services are both striking and quite alarming.

Post code lottery.

By way of a personal example, a good friend who lived down in Gloucester had a series of strokes a couple of years ago, the care he received was quite frankly utterly crap!

When my uncle had a stroke last year, he lives in Somerset and went to the RUH Bath, his treatment was excellent, from start to finish, he couldn’t fault it, quite outstanding, from emergency treatment, all the way through to speech therapy.

Paul.P
Paul.P
10 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Lots of good points there Jonathan. It would have been better to discipline Cummins and to insist on his giving a public apology. That would have sent a clear message as to the seriousness of the situation. I believe the French incinerated their stocks of PPE which were costing too much to store. This pandemic has embarrassed a lot of governments. If the guidance was shambolic it was because we didn’t understand the virus. It is an intelligent survival machine and very devious. We thought it was like influenza and it isn’t. There is no reason a local public health… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

I’m not too sure about ‘C’ Paul. Having spent a fair bit of time in China, it appears to me it’s more of an issue with regular livestock and people living far too closely together. If you have ever visited a rural Chinese market, it’s quite the eye opener, raw and cooked meat together of all different types, 25 years ago, dog meat was common too. The world population has doubled in the last 50 years and it’s reaching unsustainable levels, more people, more intensive farming in an ever increasing and never stopping cycle…. With this worldwide environment, It’s no… Read more »

The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
10 months ago

Well well well it seems censorship has infected the UKDJ hmmm this information from HM Govs own website that seems to contradict the first sentence of this article

4.6 Fertility-

It is UNKNOWN whether COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 has an impact on fertility

Poor show Very poor show and very UN British