UK grandmother the first to receive coronavirus vaccine

The first dose of a coronavirus vaccine has been rolled out in the United Kingdom, a year on from the first case diagnosis.

Hospitals across the country have been stocking up on the 800,000 doses of the vaccine, which was developed by an American company Pfizer.

They’ve ordered 40 million doses of it, which will be able to vaccinated around 20 million people as each person requires two injections.


90-year-old grandmother Margaret Keenan was the first to receive the jab, and has encouraged others to follow suit.

“Go for it, because it’s free and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened. So do please go for it.

“If I can do it, well so you can,” Ms Keenan said.

The rest of the world will be watching the UK rollout very closely, with the vaccine proving quite difficult to transport and store.

It’s understood it has to be frozen at -70C or below for shipping and transfers, and once it’s defrosted it can only be kept for a few days in a fridge before it becomes ineffective.

The rollout comes a year on from the first case of the virus emerging in Wuhan, China.