The United Kingdom kicked off its biggest-ever vaccine campaign in history on Tuesday. A 90-year-old grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, where the NHS has launched its biggest vaccine campaign. As per reports, 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.
Early riser Maggie was given the life-saving jab at 6:31 am by nurse May Parsons at her local hospital in Coventry to mark what the National Health Service (NHS) has dubbed a “landmark moment” on V-Day or Vaccine Day in the fight against the deadly virus.
The former jewellery shop assistant who retired four years ago turns 91 next week. The lady said, “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.” She has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
She further added, “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.” Mr. Prime Minister has 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.”
He has also added, “We will beat this together.” Keenan has been self-isolating for most of this year and is planning on having a small family “bubble” Christmas. She was later wheeled back to her ward, with staff cheering and applauding her as she went past. She is one of 400,000 people who will receive the first batch of 800,000 doses and will receive a booster jab in 21 days. NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has praised everyone involved in the first clinically approved COVID-19 vaccination for “achieving in months what normally takes years” and said, “Today is just the first step in the largest vaccination program this country has ever seen. It will take some months to complete the work as more vaccine supplies become available.”