Dec 08, 2020
By Jane Brown
Margaret Keenan has become the first person in the world, outside of clinical trials, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The 90 year old grandmother was given the shot at a hospital in Coventry, England on Tuesday morning.
The first shot came at one of a network of hospital hubs where the initial phase of the U.K. program will be rolled out on what has been dubbed V-Day, as in Vaccine Day, but as a tribute to Victory in Europe Day back in World War II.
Keenan says she hopes others will follow her lead.
“I’m happy it’s happened and now I’ve done it and hopefully other people will come along and do as I did…and try to get rid of this terrible thing,” Keenan told reporters while masked.
Health experts in Britain are asking people for patience because only those who are most at risk of COVID-19 will be vaccinated in the early stages.