Margaret Keenan, First Patient To Get Covid Vaccine In UK, Receives Second Jab
Vaccinations against deadly coronavirus were first rolled out in England on December 8th, with the 91-year-old grandmother making history as the first person to receive a dosage outside clinical trials.
Official government figures say that 520,000 people received the vaccine in the 13 days since it was first made available across the country. The first round of vaccinations are for those who are over 80 and most at risk from the virus, as well as frontline health workers.
Professor Andy Hardy, the chief executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where Ms Keenan received her injection, told Sky News: "We were delighted to welcome Margaret Keenan back to Coventry's University Hospital today to safely receive the second dose of the vaccination, after she became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 following its clinical approval.
"Our hardworking staff who have been involved in the vaccination programme have remained in contact with Margaret's family since that day and we are delighted that Margaret has been continuing to recover well at home following her discharge from hospital.
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"It's important that everyone comes forward to get the jab when they are invited to do so and, like other hospitals and GP surgeries across the country, we'll be following the latest expert advice and evidence to invite people to get vaccinated at the time they need it."
The successful delivery of the Pfizer/BioNTech treatment has come after coronavirus cases have rocketed across the UK, with statistics revealing there are more people in hospital with coronavirus currently than there was in April, at the peak of the pandemic.
The dramatic rise in cases is thought to be linked to two new mutant strains of Covid-19, which are thought to be highly contagious.
While Cabinet Minister Michael Gove has insisted schools will be open as usual, there are fears to whether it is entirely safe to do so as it has been suggested that the new strains can be more easily spread amongst children.
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