A 90-year-old grandmother from Coventry has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine this morning.
Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, received the jab at 6.31am in Coventry on Tuesday as the NHS launched its biggest-ever vaccination campaign.
Mrs Keenan, known to family and friends as Maggie, is a former jewellery shop assistant who only retired four years ago. She has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
The NHS has become the first health service in the world to begin rolling out Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. Jabs will be administered at dozens of hospital hubs across the country from Tuesday – dubbed “V-Day” by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.