Nottingham continues to prepare to roll out a vaccine against coronavirus after a 90-year-old woman became the first person in the world to receive the jab.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, covering the QMC and City Hospital, were included as one of 50 hospital hubs selected as part of the first wave of the vaccination programme.
It means some Nottingham residents may soon have access to the lifesaving jab.
Earlier today (December 8), Margaret Keenan, from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, received the first dose of vaccine from nurse May Parsons at her local hospital in Coventry.
The grandmother of four, who celebrates her 91st birthday next week, said it was a great honour to be the first person to receive the life-saving vaccine.
She 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!”
Maggie’s vaccination was followed by an 81-year-old William Shakespeare from Warwickshire.
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens commented: “Less than a year after the first case of this new disease was diagnosed, the NHS has now delivered the first clinically approved COVID-19 vaccination – that is a remarkable achievement.
“A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who has made this a reality – the scientists and doctors who worked tirelessly, and the volunteers who selflessly took part in the trials. They have achieved in months what normally takes years.
“My colleagues across the health service are rightly proud of this historic moment as we lead in deploying the PfizerBioNTech vaccine.”
He continued: “Today is just the first step in the largest vaccination programme this country has ever seen.
“It will take some months to complete the work as more vaccine supplies become available and until then we must not drop our guard.
“But if we all stay vigilant in the weeks and months ahead, we will be able to look back at this as a decisive turning point in the battle against the virus.”
- The UK has had 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine delivered
- Up to four million more are expected by the end of December
- Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are required to achieve full immunity