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A Historic Moment: Filipina Nurse Administers Approved COVID Vaccine to its World’s First Recipient

The world as we know it has undergone some changes ever since the pandemic brought about by COVID-19 emerged, and for months people from all over the globe have tried to adapt to the “new normal” in order to keep going with their day-to-day life.

Now, the moment many have been waiting for has finally arrived – there is already an approved vaccine against the virus and the vaccination has already begun.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, has become a historic day in England as the 90-year-old grandmother, Margaret Keenan, became the first person in the world to receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine following its clinical approval in the UK. Also, a huge part of this landmark moment is the Filipina NHS nurse, May Parsons, who administered the vaccine.

The First Person in the World to Receive an Approved COVID-19 Vaccine

According to the NSH England and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, in the early morning of December 8, 2020, Margaret Keenan was given the “life-saving jab”, as they call it, by nurse May Parsons at the University Hospital, Coventry.

Margaret Keenan, who is turning ninety-one (91) next week, said, “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19, 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.”

“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 added.

The Filipina Nurse who Administered the COVID-19 Vaccine

Filipina NHS nurse May Parsons, on the other hand, said, “It’s a huge honor to be the first person in the country to deliver a COVID-19 jab to a patient, I’m just glad that I’m able to play a part in this historic day… The last few months have been tough for all of us working in the NHS, but now it feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Good Morning Britain, a television show in the UK, also featured the Filipina nurse talking about her unforgettable experience. Here is the interview with May Parsons for you to watch first hand.

Moreover, on a Tweet, Daniel Pruce, the British Ambassador to the Philippines, recognized not just May Parsons’ efforts on that “fantastic moment”, but also the big contribution made by the Filipino healthcare workers to the NHS.

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Source: NHS University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Philippine News Agency, NHS England, Daniel Pruce| Official Twitter, NHS England and NHS Improvement| Official Twitter, Good Morning Britain| Official Twitter,

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