Last week, the United Kingdom approved the use of the Pfizer and BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine. Leading the game, the NHS began administering the coronavirus vaccines, with a 90-year-old woman from Coventry being the first to get the booster. Margaret Keenan received the injection at about 6.30am, kicking off the largest mass vaccination programme the country has ever witnessed. The UK’s health service is the first in the world to begin rolling out the vaccine, which has been proven to be 95% effective in its trial phases. May Parsons, a nurse at Ms Keenan’s local hospital in Coventry, administered the vaccine.
Speaking about the same, Margaret 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 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.”
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens stated, “Less than a year after the first case of this new disease was diagnosed, the NHS has now delivered the first clinically approved Covid-19 vaccination – that is a remarkable achievement.” He continued, “A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who has made this a reality – the scientists and doctors who worked tirelessly, and the volunteers who selflessly took part in the trials. They have achieved in months what normally takes years. My colleagues across the health service are rightly proud of this historic moment as we lead in deploying the PfizerBioNTech vaccine. I also want to thank Margaret, our first patient to receive the vaccine on the NHS.”