Ms Margaret Keenan, the 90-year-old grandmother who became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine outside of a trial in Britain on Tuesday, has a message for others: “Go for it” to beat the devastating disease.
An early riser, Ms Keenan, from Northern Ireland, received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot at her local hospital in Coventry, central England, on Tuesday, a week before she turns 91.
A video showed her being wheeled out of the ward while nursing staff clad in protective gear lined the corridor to applaud and cheer, an echo of moving video clips released through the year when Covid-19 survivors left hospital.
90-year-old Margaret Keenan is the first to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, administered by Matron May Parsons, as UK's mass vaccination programme begins https://t.co/3eBGv3RUsU pic.twitter.com/ltWAL8uDmr— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) December 8, 2020
“I say go for it, go for it because it’s free and it’s the best thing that has ever happened,” Ms Keenan told reporters as cameras flashed and television reporters asked questions. “If I can do it, well, so can you,” she told any doubters.
Known as Maggie to her friends, Ms Keenan said she had stuck by the rules and spent most of the year on her own as the “devastating” pandemic took hold. The vaccine means she can start to look forward to spending time with her family and friends again.
Britain is the first Western country to start immunizing its population in what has been hailed as a turning point in the battle to defeat the disease. It is the worst-hit country in Europe with more than 61,000 deaths.
“I wasn’t nervous at all,” Ms Keenan said, before discussing plans for her birthday.
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.
Video footage showed the former jewelery shop assistant wearing a light blue mask, a grey cardigan and a blue T-shirt with a penguin in snow and the message “Merry Christmas”.
She received the shot in her left arm from nurse May Parsons, who has worked in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) for 24 years.
The mass inoculation will fuel hope that the world may be turning a corner in the fight against a pandemic that has crushed economies and killed more than 1.5 million.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prof Stephen Powis, medical director for NHS England, said they had both found it emotional watching the vaccine program rollout. Mr Hancock wiped away tears on live television.
Elsewhere in the world, China and Russia have also started vaccinating their citizens against Covid-19 with in mass inoculation campaigns.
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TelDec 13th, 2020 - 02:54 pm +3
Best you stay gibbering in filth then, squatting in your mother’s basement.
And don't forget the separate bin for the used toilet paper, wouldn't want a blockage to flood you out.
Don’t come out, whatever you do.
TelDec 14th, 2020 - 03:32 pm +1
Ah, “never a dull moment with the unintelligible basement character”.
“Living like a miserable cockroach”, “300 television channels and a microwave” is not “Fuck off” money, its purgatory, fool.
“my nickname 'the legend'”, no that’s “Loony” as in TERRY F*CKWITT “Lokal Loony”.
Your “contribution” to the Military was as a “Civvy Contractor”, an outfit called “Bog Busters”, which together with the “military style” brown overalls replete with shiny shovels badge, led you to believe you were actually “in the Military”.
Admission by omission that you have no proof you actually possess “a Tankard”, only a picture of someone else’s.
TelDec 15th, 2020 - 03:46 pm +1
Who do you think you are kidding, eh????
Your picture of someone else’s Tankard! Still no proof, no truth.
Anyone can post a picture, to prove you have it, post a picture of it with a today’s newspaper, simples.
When was the last time you had a sensible, never mind intelligent, conversation with someone, anyone, on here?????
Never is the answer.
After posts like:
inexpugnabilis probation, inexpugnabilis probation, ohhh excrementum, copy/paste copy/paste is malfunctioningggg:
“that I cannot believe anyone else”… my unsupported assertion; “George Bernard Shaw an argument of the weak and insecure.” …“Maleiha Bajunaid Candao dismissed without evidence.”
“Christopher Hitchens when there is no argumentative basis for our speech.” Cicero, AN/APT-16 Centimetric radar jammers AN/ALT-7 Centimetric radar jammers, and AN/APR-4 Wide (38-1000MHz) band receiver “I can see how the ridicule and derision upsets you”.
People either ignore you, ridicule you or more lately just tell you to F*ck Off now adults are talking.
As for your fetish like obsession for “Toilet Habits” and shiny shit shovels, tell us again Tel about Brazil:
I rest my case, Billy no mates.