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‘I’m so happy’: First person to get a fully tested COVID-19 shot says a year later

LONDON, Dec. 8 (Reuters) – The world’s first person to receive a fully tested COVID-19 vaccine, 91-year-old Briton Margaret Keenan, urged people to get vaccinated on Wednesday, a year after her admission .

Keenan described receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 8, 2020 as the “best thing that ever happened.” read more

“It was amazing. I can’t believe what happened next… I’m so glad I got the shot,” Keenan, known to friends as Maggie, said on an anniversary broadcast.

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“I encourage everyone to have it.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pointed to Britain’s early success in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and said he could therefore reopen the UK economy in July.

He is now urging officials to scale up the country’s ongoing booster program to a similar level to the initial rollout in light of concerns over the new Omicron variant, which has also seen him reintroduce some mask mandates and travel restrictions.

“Vaccinations remain our first and best line of defense against the virus,” Johnson said.

Britain has now given nearly 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to its population of 67 million, either as first doses, second doses or as boosters.

Scientists are concerned that Omicron may be more transmissible than the currently dominant Delta variant and has mutations associated with lower vaccine effectiveness.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said boosters should continue to provide good protection against serious illness, even if injections are less effective against Omicron than previous variants.

May Parsons, the nurse who vaccinated Keenan, said many people who are now seriously ill in her COVID-19 wards have not been vaccinated.

“If you’re not vaccinated, there’s still a chance[of getting an injection],” Parsons said. “It’s not too late.”

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Reporting by Alistair Smout; adaptation by Mark Heinrich and Philippa Fletcher

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