Dec 08, 2020

By Jane Brown

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Margaret Keenan has become the first person in the world, outside of clinical trials, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Margaret Keenan, 90, is the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital, Coventry, administered by nurse May Parsons, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK’s history on December 8, 2020 in Coventry, United Kingdom. More than 50 hospitals across England were designated as covid-19 vaccine hubs, the first stage of what will be a lengthy vaccination campaign. NHS staff, over-80s, and care home residents will be among the first to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which recently received emergency approval from the country’s health authorities. (Photo by Jacob King – Pool / Getty Images)

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.

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