Brit grandma, 90, who was first to have coronavirus vaccine returns for second dose – Mirror Online

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The first person in the western world to get the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has had their second dose.

Brit grandmother Margaret Keenan received her first injection on December 8, just days before her 91st birthday.

NHS England said at the time that she would have a “booster jab” 21 days later “to ensure she has the best chance of being protected against the virus”.

And today she returned to hospital in Coventry for her second dose, and is expected therefore to carry immunity from Covid by January 5.

Professor Andy Hardy, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where Ms Keenan received her injection, said: “We were delighted to welcome Margaret Keenan back to Coventry’s University Hospital today to safely receive the second dose of the vaccination, after she became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 following its clinical approval.

Margaret Keenan was the first to get the jab

“Our hardworking staff who have been involved in the vaccination programme have remained in contact with Margaret’s family since that day and we are delighted that Margaret has been continuing to recover well at home following her discharge from hospital.

“It’s important that everyone comes forward to get the jab when they are invited to do so and, like other hospitals and GP surgeries across the country, we’ll be following the latest expert advice and evidence to invite people to get vaccinated at the time they need it.”

Margaret Keenan was thrown into the spotlight after “jumping at the chance” to have the lifesaving jab.

Grandson Conor Maton said the Strictly Come Dancing fan is a “larger than life” character who wanted to help get the country back on track.

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The 29-year-old told the Mirror: “It’s a massive deal for the country and we’re so proud of her for being the first person to get the vaccine.

“The fact that she’s 90 years old – 91 next week – will hopefully give other people confidence to have the jab.

“Gran decided to do this herself. She wanted to do it, there was no pressure. She wanted to do something good.

“It sums her up because she’s a wonderful woman. We only found out a couple of days ago that she was going to be first.

Care home resident Tom Ellarby, receives the first of two injections with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine

“This is big news for the country and the whole world. It’s really exciting. We’re really proud of her.”

Coventry City fan Margaret had spent the two coronavirus lockdowns being cared for by her family.

She was admitted to hospital several days ago after suffering breathing difficulties – but tested negative for Covid.

As she made quick recovery, medics offered her the chance to have the jab – and she jumped at the chance.

“We’re quite a private family so it’s been a bit of a shock to suddenly be thrust into the limelight,” said Conor.

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“But it won’t bother gran. Like I said she’s larger than life, so nothing will faze her.

“She’s 91 next week so we’ll definitely be celebrating with a party. It will be pretty low-key though.”

The most recent figures published by the Department of Health showed that the number of people to have had their first jab between 8 December and 20 December in the UK was 616,933.

But speaking on Christmas Eve, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said almost 800,000 people had been given their first dose of the two-stage vaccine.

Since the initial jabs were given in hospitals, the rollout has widened to GP-led sites and care homes.

A Welsh Government spokesman said people in Wales would begin receiving their second dose of the vaccine from Tuesday, January 5.

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