The nurse administering the first Covid-19 vaccine in the UK said it was “almost unbelievable” what was achieved from the first jab.
May Parsons, modern matron for respiratory medicine at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, made history in December when she delivered the first Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine in addition to a clinical trial in the now 91-year-old. Maggie Keenan.
The pair also recently teamed up as they joined NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens in a video call to showcase the vaccination program to date.
Ms Parsons, who has worked in the NHS for almost 20 years since moving to the UK from the Philippines, said: “Maggie’s vaccination is a bit of a flare. [in] amidst the darkness, and now I feel that dawn is coming.
“It’s almost unbelievable that we managed to get the vaccine strong.”
Government data show that as of April 21, the UK Covid-19 vaccination program had reached more than 33 million people including 10.7 million with the same dose.
With people in the first nine priority groups all being offered at least one jab, adults aged 45 to 49 in England are now invited to attend as part of the two-part program.
On the call, Ms Parson said she felt the country would emerge from the pandemic more vigorously and she was excited about the future.
He honored other health and care professionals across the UK for their work in helping to provide a solution to Covid-19.
“I’m really grateful to all my colleagues for the courage and bravery they have shown throughout this pandemic, which has helped us care for our people and care for our patients like Maggie,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ms Keenan, who is now fully vaccinated, said she felt “honored” to be the first to receive a vaccine and “get the ball.”
He encouraged the rest of the priority group to go ahead for their second dose if offered.
Sir Simon ended the call by saying: “Maggie, you have been an inspiration. In May, you set the entire health service on the path to this successful vaccination launch. Many thanks to both of you. ”
In March, Ms Parsons used her platform to encourage colleagues from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds to go ahead for a vaccine.