90 years old Margaret Keenan becomes the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/ BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
The 90 years woman from Ireland received the first dose at 6.31 am today by NHS nurse May Parsons at a hospital in Coventry.
Maggie, as she is commonly referred to, will be 91 next week and retired from a jewellery shop four years ago.
According to her, she is glad to have received the vaccine and hopes it will let her see her family and friends.
“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.”
Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, thanked those involved in the development of the vaccine programme.
“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.”
“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 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.”
While thanking Maggie, Stevens said:
“I also want to thank Margaret, our first patient to receive the vaccine on the NHS.”
“Today is just the first step in the largest vaccination programme this country has ever seen. It will take some months to complete the work as more vaccine supplies become available and until then we must not drop our guard.”
“But if we all stay vigilant in the weeks and months ahead, we will be able to look back at this as a decisive turning point in the battle against the virus.”