Nan, 90, who got first Covid-19 vaccine gives poignant reminder with t-shirt choice

Nan, 90, who got first Covid-19 vaccine gives poignant reminder with t-shirt choice

 

Margaret Keenan made history this morning when she became the first person in the world to have the approved Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19.

As she sat in her blue arm chair in the vaccination clinic at University Hospital Coventry at 6.31am, the grandmother said it was a “privilege” to be the first part in the historic mass vaccination programme.

Photos of the moment nurse May Parsons gave her the jab were shared around the world, as people celebrated what is hoped to be the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

Brits were also delighted to see that Margaret opted to wear a Christmas t-shirt for the monumental moment – but it wasn’t just any festive outfit.

The former jewellery shop assistant, who turns 91 next week, had the vaccine while wearing a charity tee supporting the local hospital which gave her the vaccine.

The blue top, which features a penguin wearing a red scarf and hat, is from the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

Speaking after the injection, Margaret said: “Hopefully it’ll help other people come along and do what I did, and try and do the best to get rid of this terrible thing.

“To tell you the truth I got this opportunity of doing it, and I was in hospital.

“It was a great opportunity,” added Mrs Keenan, who only retired from her job in a jewellers four years ago.

“I know that one or two people on my ward are going to wait and have it done by the doctor, but because it was available for me today (I did it). I don’t mind the (media) attention, it doesn’t bother me. I’m just happy to have it done.”

She will receive a booster jab in 21 days to ensure she has the best chance of being protected against the virus.

Jabs will be administered at dozens of hospital hubs across the country from today – dubbed “V-Day” by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Mr Hancock said the start of the roll out of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine meant there was “finally” a “way through” the coronavirus crisis.

He told Sky News: “I’m feeling quite emotional actually watching those pictures.

“It has been such a tough year for so many people and finally we have our way through it – our light at the end of the tunnel as so many people are saying.

“And just watching Margaret there – it seems so simple having a jab in your arm, but that will protect Margaret and it will protect the people around her.

“And if we manage to do that in what is going to be one of the biggest programmes in NHS history, if we manage to do that for everybody who is vulnerable to this disease then we can move on.”

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