Recently, the United Kingdom has started to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines to its people. And who administered it first? A Filipina nurse.
Filipina May Parsons, worked as a nurse in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service for the past 24 years. She was the nurse who first administered the vaccine to the 90-year-old recipient Margaret Keenan.
“It’s a huge honor to be the first person in the country to deliver a COVID-19 jab to a patient,” says the Filipina. “I’m just glad that I’m able to play a part in this historic day,” she added.
The recipient of the vaccine thanked the staff of NHS and the Filipina nurse as well.
“My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90, then you can have it too,” Keenan said.
In a recent tweet the Ambassador to the UK Daniel Pruce acknowledge the contribution of the Filipina nurse saying that she is “one of the many thousands of Filipino healthcare workers making such an enormous contribution to the NHS.”
The main priority for this vaccination run are those people aged 80 and above, those who work in care homes as well as health care workers that are considered as high risk.
The United Kingdom has granted its nod to Pfizer and BioNTech for the emergency use of their newly developed vaccine which has an efficiency of 95%.
‘I was so proud to contribute to stopping the pandemic.’
May Parsons is the nurse to give the first Covid-19 vaccine in the world.
She’s worked at the trust in Coventry for 17 years since she arrived in the UK from the Philippines.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 8, 2020
Source: Asian Journal