Dec, 8th 2020 – The first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine has already been administered. The recipient, Margaret Keenan who turns 91 next week received the jab at University Hospital Coventry, one of the several hospitals around the country that are handling the initial phase of the program on what has been dubbed as “V-day.”
Keenan, 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.“
The UK had earlier announced that the first 800,000 doses would go to people over 80 years of age who are either hospitalized or already have outpatient appointments scheduled, together with workers in the nursing homes.
The public health officials have urged the public to be patient as only those who are more at risk from the virus will be vaccinated in the early stages.
The public will be contacted for booking of appointments and most will have to wait until next year before there is enough vaccine to extend the program.
The national medical director of England’s National Health Service Stephen Powis says that the first shot of the vaccine outside of a trial was an emotion.
He said, “This really feels like the beginning of the end. It’s been really dreadful year, all those things that we are so used to, meeting friends and family, going to the cinema, have been disrupted. We can get those back. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next month. But in the months to come.”
The UK is also planning to administer the vaccine to groups such as pregnant women or school going chilgren, but not the whole population.
Countries around the globe will benchmark the rollout of the vaccine which requires two doses, three weeks apart, as other countries like Canada anticipate their first batch of the vaccine next week.