Frail but Courageous 90-Years Old Women

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Day 257: Stay Safe Minnesota

A 90-year-old grandmother became the world’s first person to receive a fully-tested COVID-19 shot on Tuesday, as Britain began mass-vaccinating its people in a global drive that poses one of the biggest logistical challenges in peacetime history.

Yesterday was a landmark day in the UK, becoming the first western nation to begin mass vaccination of its citizens with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

According the Reuters, Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 in a week, was the first to receive the shot at a Coventry, central England hospital.

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.

Margaret Keenan (from Reuters)

After the injection, Mrs Keenan talking to the British media said “the shot was “fine, I wasn’t nervous at all,” calling it “wonderful, really. This is for a good cause so I’m so pleased I had it done. This is a terrible, terrible disease so we do want rid of it.”

Advising others eligible for the vaccine, Mrs Keenan reportedly said “I would say go for it. If I can do it, well, so can you.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, while vising NHS Covid-19 vaccination center in London, told British media “And so my message would be it’s amazing to see the vaccine come out, it’s amazing to see this tremendous shot in the arm for the entire nation, but we can’t afford to relax now. I would just say to all those who are scared, don’t be … you see people take the vaccine this morning, in large numbers, people are going to be taking it in the next few days, and weeks and there is nothing to be nervous about.”

According to the CNN, 81-years-old William Shakespeare was the second person to get a Covid-19 vaccine at the Coventry hospital on Tuesday. “Shakespeare, a patient on the hospital’s frailty ward, sat with his grandchildren’s artwork nearby as he received the jab”.

Vaccine will gradually make a huge, huge difference. It is important for people to understand that the virus is, alas, still rising in some parts of the country. It is rising for instance in London.

Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister (source: CNN)

Another 86-year-old women, Gill Rogers from Brighton, reportedly told the BBC “”I’m a bit pleased. I shan’t be so careful, no, I shan’t be so worried, I will go in shops more and with luck I might get on to public transport. I wasn’t doing much before, because while my husband was alive I was spending a lot of time going to the care home, so I’ve been pretty limited for a long time now.”

Allergic Reactions

After a day, there are reports from UK that a pair who had received Pfizer vaccine “responded adversely” following their shots on the first day of the mass vaccination rollout. “The two staff members — who both carried an adrenaline auto injector and had a history of allergic reactions — developed symptoms of anaphylactoid reaction after receiving the vaccine on Tuesday,” writes the CNN.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) normally advises a provider to inform patients if he/she have “any severe, life-threatening allergies” before taking any vaccine.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 9, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 363,719 (out of 4,690,213 tested) with 4,109 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Dec 9, 3:26 p.m.) there are 15,312,981 confirmed covid19 infection with 288,185 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 68,674,375 with 1,565,101 deaths.