First Vaccine Dose Given in the UK

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Margaret Keenan, 91 years old, was the first person to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine. Hers was the first of 800,000 doses planned for distribution over the next few weeks.

Margaret’s was the first, however thousands of doses were given on Tuesday.  Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “a tribute to scientific endeavour and human ingenuity and to the hard work of so many people.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said getting vaccinated was “good for you and good for the whole country”.  Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Today we should all allow ourselves a smile – but we must not drop our guard.”

Ms. Keenan received the first injection at University Hospital. She said “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19.”  Margaret continued, “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. My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it. If I can have it at 90, then you can have it too,” she added.

National medical director of NHS England Prof Stephen Powis, said, “We couldn’t hug her but we could clap, and everybody did so in the room.”  After approval last week based on the vaccine being declared 95% effective, the UK becomes the first country to use the Pfizer vaccine for the coronavirus.  

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens called the first vaccinations “remarkable achievement”, but cautioned it was a “first step” and “incredibly important” people continued to act sensibly.

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