The first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine have been administered today but just who is the first recipient, Margaret Keenan?

December 8th marks a historic day in the fightback against Covid-19 as the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been administered outside of clinical trials.

The UK is the first country in the world to begin rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine after the jab was approved December on 2nd.

The first recipient of the Covid-19 vaccine was Margaret Keenan but just who is she and what do we know about her?

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The first Covid-19 vaccine has been administered

At 6:31am on December 8th, 2020 the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was administered.

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The first dose of the vaccine was given to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan at Coventry’s University Hospital.

The dose was the first of 800,000 to be administered in the UK over the coming weeks with the first wave of vaccines being given to over-80s as well as some health and care staff.

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Who is Margaret Keenan?

Margaret Keenan is the first recipient of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine after it was approved by the UK medicines regulator, the MHRA, on December 2nd.

Margaret Keenan is currently 90 years old and has lived in Coventry for the past six decades according to Sky News.

However, Ms Keenan, who turns 91 next week, was actually born in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.

Until just four years ago, Margaret Keenan had been working as a jewellery shop assistant but is now retired.

Following the first of two vaccine doses she will receive, Margaret Keenan described the vaccine to news outlets including BBC News as the “best early birthday present.”

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Social media reacts to Margaret Keenan’s vaccine news

It’s safe to say that the news of Margaret Keenan’s vaccine jab has been welcomed by many on social media with plenty offering messages of support.

One Twitter user wrote: “Well done to this amazing lady. Thank you #margaretkeenan

While another added: “History made this morning! Well done #margaretkeenan and #mayparsons this will be a long vaccination programme but it’s started!”

This Twitter user joked: “Congratulations to Margaret Keenan on her pub quiz question immortality.”

And finally, Margaret Keenan’s namesake has even been inspired by the 90-year-old:

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