A 90-year-old woman has been the first person in the UK and the world to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, media reported on Tuesday.
Margaret Keenan, 90, was filmed and photographed while the vaccine was administered – around 6.30 GMT – at Coventry University Hospital, in central England.
The British regulators gave the green light last week to this vaccine, which from this Tuesday will begin to be supplied to the most vulnerable groups in the United Kingdom.
Keenan, whom her friends and family call “Maggie,” received the first of two doses of the vaccine from Filipino-born nurse May Parsons amid widespread media attention as the US government began what The United Kingdom has called the V-Day “(Day of the V or vaccination).
Keenan, who will turn 91 next week and hails from the Northern Irish town of Enniskillen, is a former jewelry worker with a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
“I feel so privileged to be the first person to be vaccinated against covid-19. It is the best birthday present, early, and because it means that I will finally be able to spend time with my family and my friends on New Years after having been practically all alone the year, “Keenan told the media.
The woman thanked the National Health Service (NHS) for the way they have cared for her and advised people to get vaccinated.
“If I can receive it at 90, then you can also receive it,” he said.
The Director of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, thanked all those who participated in getting this important new vaccination program up and running.
“Less than a year after the first case of this new disease was diagnosed, the NHS is now providing the first clinically approved COVID-19 vaccine,” he added.
Keenan, who has lived in Coventry for more than 60 years, will receive the second dose in 21 days.
The nurse has been working for the NHS for 24 hours and joined Coventry University Hospital in 2003.
Some 50 hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will begin today vaccinating people over 80 and employees in the healthcare sector and nursing homes, although the residents themselves will have to wait for logistics to allow transfer to the hospital. vaccination site in the next few days.
According to regulators, the vaccine will be effective seven days after a person receives the second dose, although there is some protection 12 days after the first.
The United Kingdom has committed 40 million doses, which will vaccinate 20 million people.