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The first person to get the Covid-19 vaccine: ‘Don’t think too much, just inject’


BrotherMargaret Keenan said on December 8 that vaccination was a great experience and urged people around to do the same.

Over a year ago, the UK was the first country to urgently approve a Covid-19 vaccine that has completed clinical trials. At the age of 91, Ms. Keenan also became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, at Conventry University Hospital.

“It’s amazing. I still can’t believe this, what happened at that time. I’m so happy I got the vaccine,” Ms. Keenan said after a year. “I encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

She believes that vaccines will save many lives, bring the world back to normal and reduce the pressure on health workers.

“Don’t think too much, just do it. All you need is to get vaccinated. It doesn’t take too long, you can register and then go to the nearest injection point, that’s it,” she said.

Keenan said she loved the history-making experience. She thanked the National Health Service (NHS) for their dedicated care and guidance during vaccination and post-vaccination follow-up. Her actions also inspired those who were hesitant around.

“People meet me on the street and say ‘Thank you grandma. Because of you I decided to get vaccinated.’ It’s great to hear that. Even young people say the same to me, it makes me feel good. comfortable,” said Ms. Keenan.

Margaret Keenan, 91 years old, the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at Conventry University Hospital, December 2020. Photo: Reuters

Nurse May Parsons, who vaccinated Ms Keenan, expressed her deep gratitude, saying she was a “lighthouse of hope” during the launch phase of the campaign. Before that, many people were still afraid because the Covid-19 vaccine was developed at an unprecedented rate.

“At that time, the pandemic was really catastrophic,” she admits.

Nurse Parsons still receives a lot of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit with serious condition. Most of them are young and unvaccinated. Parsons says it’s not too late for those who are hesitant to get their first dose of the vaccine.

Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive, said: “Mrs Maggie’s dose of vaccine marks the launch of the world’s first national immunization programme. It was a moment of hope after months of uncertainty. fear”.

Since then, the UK has injected more than 118 million doses of the vaccine. Worldwide, a total of 8.28 billion doses are used. Currently 55.3% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Due to the emergence of the Omicron variant, many countries launch booster injection campaigns to improve immunity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), to end a two-year pandemic, countries need to immunize as many people as possible.

Thuc Linh (Follow Reuters, Sky News)

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