by Linda Ikeji
Margaret Keenan, the grandmother who became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Coronavirus, has been discharged from the hospital.
The 90-year-old made global headlines after she was given the coronavirus jab at University Hospital Coventry at 6.31 am on Tuesdah December 8.
On Wednesday afternoon, December 9, Margaret was pictured smiling and holding hands with her grandson Conor and daughter Sue as she left the hospital.
The retired jewellery store assistant said she felt ‘great’ upon being discharged.
In a statement released through NHS England, Mrs Keenan said: ‘Yesterday was a massive day for me personally and for the rest of the world as we all look to get back to some sort of normality.
‘It has all been such a whirlwind and everything hasn’t really sunk in yet. I feel great and I’m so pleased to be able to go home and to spend some quality time with my family. ‘I would like to say thank you to the hospital and its staff for the care and support shown to me during my stay – they have been truly amazing.
‘My family and I are so grateful for the positive comments and well wishes received.
‘I would urge everybody to get their vaccine as and when they are asked to do so.’
The UK is the first nation to start immunising its population in what has been hailed as a turning point in the battle against coronavirus.
Mrs Keenan, who marks her 91st birthday next week, received the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Speaking immediately after receiving the vaccine, administered by matron May Parsons, Mrs Keenan told of the ‘great opportunity’ of being offered the jab.
She said: ‘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.’