The United Kingdom has become the first western country to start vaccinations against COVID-19.
The first vaccinations took place early Tuesday, December 8 on what is being called V day or Victory Day.
The vaccine created by American drug maker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech and approved nearly two weeks ago is being stored in various medical sites across the country and administered at hospitals and care homes.
The first 800,000 doses will go to frontline health workers, persons over 80, and nursing home workers and will be administered in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. UK media have been reporting on scenes at various locations where the vaccines have been given describing it as literally as a “shot in the arm” for public health.
The first person to get the jab in the UK Tuesday was grandmother Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week..