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Enniskillen woman becomes first in the world to receive Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19

by Erin Lindsay
08th Dec 2020

Margaret Keenan has lived in Coventry in the UK for over 60 years

A woman from Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19, outside of clinical trials.

Margaret Keenan will turn 91 next week, and was given the jab this morning as part of the U.K’s national rollout of the vaccine.

She was given the injection at 06:31 GMT – the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be given in the coming weeks across the U.K.

Speaking to the cameras who were present at her vaccination, Margaret (known as Maggie to friends and family) said the vaccine was “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.”

Maggie has lived in Conventry in the U.K for more than 60 years, and worked as a jewellery shop assistant until her retirement four years ago.

She was administered the vaccine by nurse May Parsons at University hospital in Coventry, and thanked the NHS for their care. “I can’t thank May and the NHS staff enough who have looked after me tremendously, and my advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too,” she said.

Featured image: NHS via Twitter

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