Margaret Keenan, a woman from Northern Ireland has officially become the first coronavirus patient to be injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. This marked the beginning long-awaited mass vaccination program of the United Kingdom.
The 90-year-old lady was given the first dose at 6:31 am today. She was administered the first shot by NHS nurse May Parsons at a hospital in Coventry. Starting from today, many patients as much as possible will be vaccinated. Matt Hancock, UK’s Health Secretary, called today the ‘V Day.’
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Mrs. Keenan, who’s known as ‘Maggie’ to friends and family, is extremely pleased to have been received the vaccine. She hopes that this will permit her to spend more time with her friends and family, especially her son, daughter, and four grandchildren. Mrs. Keenan will turn 91 next week.
Mrs. Keenan stated that she feels truly privileged to become the first person to receive the vaccine. She even stated that it’s the best early birthday present she can ask for. She expressed her heartfelt regards to the hospital staff too, stating: “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, was also commended for this absolutely remarkable achievement, on behalf of everybody involved in the vaccine’s development process. He also expressed his thanks to Margaret for being the first patient to receive the vaccine.
The chief executive expressed his gratitude to all the people that helped to achieve this milestone within a short period of time, stating: “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.” He further suggested that he, along with his colleagues in the health sector, are rightfully proud of this historic moment.
He also urged the public not to drop their guards till the vaccination program is successfully completed, and more reliable treatments become available. He said that if everyone can be careful in the future too, it’ll be possible to look back at this as a decisive turning point in fighting the deadly virus.