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UK patient first in the World to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

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Margaret Keenan, a 90-year old UK woman is the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the World. The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine that was administered to her at the University Hospital in Coventry at 6.45am.

My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too!”

Margaret Keenan

This marks the beginning of vaccinations, in the UK, the first country to approve the COVID-19 vaccine for use. Around 50 hospital hubs in the country will receive the vaccines. Those above 80 years old, that are in hospitals, and those that have been discharged will be the first to receive the vaccine.

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.

Margaret Keenan.

Several million doses of the vaccine will be arriving in the UK next month. The Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson said,

Thank you to our NHS, to all of the scientists who worked so hard to develop this vaccine, to all the volunteers – and to everyone who has been following the rules to protect others. We will beat this together.

Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson.

Margaret Keenan will receive a booster dose in 21 days, and around 400,000 people will receive the first batch of the 800,000 vaccine doses. The UK government managed to secure 40 million doses of the vaccine which needs to be stored at -70°C. According to studies the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine is 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.

Mr. Hancock said that patients will receive an NHS reminder card for the their follow-up appointment for the booster dose.

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