Margaret Keenan,a 90-year-old Grandma is the first person to be given the Pfizer covid19 vaccine, as the mass vaccination exercise takes off across the UK.
Margaret, who will be celebrating her 91st birthday next week, excitedly called it her “best early birthday gift”.
She was given the injection (the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be given in the coming weeks.) today 8th of December 2020 at 06:31 GMT.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has dubbed Tuesday V-day, said he was thrilled to see the first vaccinations take place but urged people to keep their resolve and stick to the rules for the next few months.
4 million more vaccinations are expected to take place by the month.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on a visit to a London hospital to see some of the first people getting the jab, said getting vaccinated was “good for you and good for the whole country”.
Ms Keenan, who is originally from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, said: “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.”