Coronavirus vaccine given to English woman 

When we think of birthday shots, we imagine tequila ,vodka and hangovers. For Margaret Keenan, the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine was her early 91st birthday shot. 

First batch of vaccines

margaret getting shotImage credit: Jacob King/PA Wire 

The National Health Service (NHS) is giving the vaccine to people with the highest risk of catching the virus in England. This includes individuals over 80, health care staff and more. 

“My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too,” shared 90-year-old Margaret Keenan to Metro.

Margaret Keenan thumbs upImage credit: @CharlotteHawkins

COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses 

Shot takers will be issued a card detailing the expected phases of the vaccine. The immune system is projected to start building antibodies 12 days and to achieve complete immunity after 28 days. Recipients must get their second shot 21 days after the first for this to work as reported by the BBC.

The British Government has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech, which is enough for 20 million people. Unfortunately, same-day delivery is not available for this item. The Government expects 4 million doses to arrive by the end of this month, and the remaining bulk to arrive throughout 2021. 

Margaret Keenan with May Parsons, the nurse who administered the first COVID shot.
Image credit: Jacob King/PA Wire

Not all heroes wear capes, but they certainly do wear masks. For Thai residents, the vaccines are expected to start rolling out in May.

The story is still developing, stay tuned for updates.

Featured image adapted from: Jacob King/PA Wire

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