Pfizer vaccine: First dose given to ‘Patient A’ as UK begins historic rollout

History is being made in Britain as the first patients are given a coronavirus vaccine outside of a trial environment.

It’s being dubbed “V Day” – for the vaccine and hopefully victory over COVID-19.

Hundreds of people across Britain will get the vaccine, but the first – so-called “Patient A” – has already been given the first of two jabs of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at University Hospital, Coventry, in the English Midlands.

It was a momentous moment for people in the UK after almost a year of rolling lockdowns and restrictions and almost 60,000 deaths.

Worldwide, COVID-19 has claimed more than 1.5 million lives.

This vaccine hopefully means the end is in sight.

‘Patient A’

“Patient A” has been named as 90-year-old Margaret “Maggie” Keenan, who received the jab in Coventry.

Ms Keenan, from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, said she felt “so privileged” to be the first person to receive the vaccine, a week before she turns 91.

Matron May Parsons administered Ms Keenan’s vaccine at 6.30am Greenwich Mean Time.

“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,” Ms Keenan told the BBC.

“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.”

Like everyone else, Ms Keenan – who turns 91 next week – will need another injection in 21 days to make the vaccine effective.

90 year old Margaret Keenan, the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: Jacob King/AP

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