Margaret Keenan, the first person in the world to receive a COVID-19 jab outside of a clinical trial, received a booster shot today in the next phase of the NHS vaccination programme.
The 91-year-old grandmother of four, who is known as Maggie, returned to Coventry Hospital to receive the top-up vaccination.
May Parsons, who administered Maggie’s initial jab ten months ago also received her booster, as the pair were reunited.
The NHS in England made history when Maggie received the first approved vaccination in Coventry on 8 December and has since delivered more than 78 million jabs.
Maggie, a former jewellery shop assistant who only retired five years ago and has two children and four grandchildren, said she was “delighted” to get the extra dose before the winter, and encouraged others to do the same.
Head of the health service Amanda Pritchard today praised Maggie and May for launching the NHS COVID vaccination programme, along with the staff and volunteers involved in the biggest and most successful rollout in health service history.
The NHS chief executive revealed that more than 350,000 people have booked a booster so far this week, and urged others to follow in the footsteps of Maggie and May by taking up the offer when they are invited.
Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive, said:
The NHS kickstarted the COVID-19 booster programme last week within two days of updated advice from the JCVI.
On getting her booster 91 year old grandmother, Maggie Keenan, said:
Matron May Parsons said:
The jabs for Maggie and May came shortly after the NHS invited over one and a half million people eligible for the COIVD-19 booster vaccine to book an appointment to get jabbed.
Those who are eligible and had their second vaccine at least six months ago will be invited for a booster vaccine.
Eligible individuals will be able to quickly and conveniently book an appointment via www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. People that can’t go online can book by phoning 119.
The booster programme is being delivered through existing sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccination centres, and in line with JCVI guidance people will receive either one dose of Pfizer or half a dose of Moderna.
People could also be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
Those who are eligible for a booster at least six months on from their second dose include:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.