A 90-year-old woman from Northern Ireland has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine outside trial conditions – marking the start of the UK’s mass vaccination programme.
Margaret Keenan, turns 91 next week, called it the “best early birthday present”.
The injection was given to her at 06:31 GMT – the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be given in the coming weeks.
“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19,” said the former jewelry shop assistant, who wore a surgical mask and a blue Merry Christmas T-shirt decorated with a cartoon penguin. “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.”
Up to four million more are expected by the end of the month.
Hubs in the UK intend to vaccinate over-80s and some health and care staff – the programme aims to protect the most vulnerable and hope to get them to return life to normal. Alt asks should Black people and POC get priority?
Matron May Parsons administered Ms Keenan’s vaccine at the University Hospital in Coventry.