Coventry grandmother turns into first particular person to obtain Pfizer vaccine

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A 90-year-old grandmother has change into the primary particular person on this planet to obtain the Covid-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine because it was accepted, because the UK turned the primary nation to embark on a mass coronavirus vaccination marketing campaign with a fully-tested jab.

The UK has 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which arrived final week after it accepted the jab in November. The oldest and most susceptible residents are the primary within the queue, with precedence being given to these aged 80 or over, care residence employees and a few NHS employees who’re at increased threat.

Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 subsequent week, was inoculated at 6:31am London time at her native hospital in Coventry. She is a former jewelry store assistant, who retired 4 years in the past. She’s going to obtain a top-up dose inside 21 days.

“My recommendation to anybody supplied the vaccine is to take it — if I can have it at 90 then you possibly can have it too,” she stated.

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Round 4m doses of the Oxford college/AstraZeneca jab are anticipated to complement the Pfizer/BioNTech jabs by the top of the yr if it receives regulatory approval — although that is decrease than initially anticipated as a consequence of manufacturing delays.

The rollout of vaccinations throughout the nation will begin happening in round 50 hospitals, with extra to be added within the coming weeks and months. The vaccine may also be supplied in round 1,000 GP-led centres to complement the hospitals from December 14.

“Right now is simply step one within the largest vaccination programme this nation has ever seen,” stated NHS England chief government Simon Stevens. “It’s going to take some months to finish the work as extra vaccine provides change into obtainable and till then we should not drop our guard.”

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine must be saved at minus 70C earlier than being thawed out and might solely be moved 4 occasions inside that chilly chain earlier than getting used.

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