First Person to Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in the United Kingdom
First Dose Was Injected At the University Hospital in Coventry by Matron May Parsons
A grandmother in the United Kingdom has become the first person to have ever received a shot of a viable Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a part of a major vaccination initiative for the mass population of the region.
The individual named Margaret Keenan, who would turn 91 years old in the upcoming week, said that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine injection was the ‘best early birthday gift’ she could receive.
Mrs. Keenan was injected with the coronavirus antidote at 06:31 GMT, which was the first dose out of 800,000 vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that would initially be distributed to the healthcare staff, school teachers and workers, and individuals aged above 60 years in the coming weeks.
By the end of the month, 4 million more doses of the vaccine would be manufactured and distributed among the general population of the country.
The hubs located in the United Kingdom will be vaccinating individuals above the age of 80, along with some hospitals and health care staff. The aim of this program is to protect the most susceptible and vulnerable people and help them return their lives back to normal.
The Health Secretary of the United Kingdom Matt Hancock, who dubbed Tuesday, on which the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine would be mass distributed, as V-day as this simple act of providing vaccine is attributed to the immense hard work, human ingenuity and scientific endeavor by numerous people involved in the development and manufacturing process. Health Secretary Hancock stated that today marks the start of the counter-attack towards our common deadly enemy, the coronavirus.
Reaction of various leaders on the United Kingdom’s achievement
The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said that she got emotional while viewing the footage of the moment during the first patient received the injection of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, during a visit to a hospital in London to watch the first few individuals who were receiving the vaccination, said that getting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is good for the human immune system and the entire country would benefit from it.
Vaccine recipients in the United Kingdom
At the University Hospital located in Coventry, the matron May Parson was the one to administer the first shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Margaret Keenan. Ms. Keenan said that she feels privileged after receiving the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the United Kingdom. This means that she could look forward to spending more time together with her friends and family in the upcoming year after being by herself for the most part of this year.
She also added that any individual who has been offered the vaccine should take this opportunity. If she can receive the dosage while being 90 years old, anyone would be able to do it. The second person who was provided with a dosage in Coventry for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was William Shakespeare, aged 81 and from Warwickshire.
He said that he was pleased to receive the coronavirus antidote, and he had a wonderful experience with the hospital working staff who attended him.
Throughout the morning hours of Tuesday, patients, along with hospital and healthcare staff working at around 50 locations across the United Kingdom, were able to receive the vaccine dose.
The United Kingdom has also become the first country across the globe to be able to start providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the mass population after the regulatory authorities approved its consumption by humans in the past week.
Even though this first round of vaccines is a victory for all, there is still a long route to go through before the deadly coronavirus infection would be completely eradicated from the world after it has directly affected almost every household worldwide.