Story at a glance

  • The 91-year-old patient was the first person to receive the Pfizer vaccine three weeks ago after it was approved in the United Kingdom.
  • The vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve said nearly 80,000 people in the U.K. have received their first dose of the two-stage vaccine so far.

The 91-year-old woman from the United Kingdom who was the first person in the world to be inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine following its clinical approval has received her second dose. 

Margaret Keenan received the second dose of the vaccine Tuesday at Coventry’s University Hospital in the U.K., according to The Guardian. Health officials said Keenan was doing well after her second jab. 


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Keenan was the first to receive the vaccine as part of Britain’s mass vaccination campaign that kicked off on Dec. 8. 

“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,” Keenan, who had a birthday in between shots, said when she received the first dose. 

The U.K. earlier this month became the first country to give emergency authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart. 

“Fantastic to see Margaret Keenan receive her second dose of the @Pfizer/@BioNTech_Group #coronavirus vaccine,” British Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted in response to the news Tuesday. 

“We will get through this pandemic, together,” he wrote. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve said nearly 80,000 people in the U.K. have received their first dose of the two-stage vaccine so far as coronavirus cases are soaring across the country. 

In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 2.1 million people have received their first shot while more than 11.4 million doses have been distributed. That figure falls significantly short of the original Trump administration estimate that 20 million Americans would receive the vaccine by the end of the year. 


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Published on Dec 29, 2020