V-Day LIVE: Sheffield Hospitals to start vaccination programme as first UK patient gets jab

The vaccination process to protect people against Covid-19 is underway in England after a 91-year-old woman became the first person to receive the life-saving jab.

By Steve Jones
Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 7:40 am

Patients in Sheffield will also begin receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine from Tuesday, with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust among 53 trusts across the country to be given the green light to begin the process back to normality.

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Cases continue to fall in the city, with no new coronavirus-related deaths recorded on Monday (7 December).

There were 148 cases per 100,000 people in Sheffield in the seven days to 3 December. The average area in England had 126.

Nurse May Parsons carries the first Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital Coventry, to be administered to Margaret Keenan, 90, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK's history.

Coronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: Updates as first NHS patient receives vaccination

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  • First NHS patient receives Covid-19 vaccination on ‘V Day’
  • No new coronavirus-related deaths recorded in Sheffield on Monday
  • The city’s infection rate continues to fall, with 174 fewer cases recorded in the seven days to 3 December compared to the previous week.

Patients in Sheffield will begin receiving the jab TODAY

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is among 53 trusts in England to have been given the green light to start administering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

 Chesterfield Royal Hospital will also begin vaccinating high-priority members of the public from Tuesday. 

The 53 trusts were picked by NHS England as they had the facilities to store the jab, inside a special refrigerator, which is able to keep the vaccine at the required minus 70c temperature.

Most of the vaccine rollout will take place next year.

The biggest vaccine campaign in NHS history kicked off this morning, as 90-year-old grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 jab following its clinical approval.

At 6.31AM early riser Margaret, known to friends and family as Maggie, was given the life-saving jab by nurse May Parsons at her local hospital in Coventry. 

Margaret said: “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19, it’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after being on my own for most of the year.”

The life-saving vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the shoulder.

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