Margaret Keenan, 90, made history as the first person in the world to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
On Monday at 6:31 a.m. local time, the retired shop clerk — wearing a blue face mask and a festive Christmas shirt featuring a penguin in a Santa hat — was given the Pfizer-BioNTech injection at the University Hospital Coventry in England.
Last month, Pfizer announced that its vaccine was proven to be at least 95 percent effective with "no serious safety concerns observed" after concluding a phase-three study.
“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19,” Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said via the Associated Press. “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.”
CNN also reports that Keenan told UK press that the shot was "wonderful, really,” and that she was "fine, I wasn't nervous at all.”
"I would say go for it," she reportedly told those who are eligible for the vaccine. "If I can do it, well, so can you."
While the grandmother was the first person in line, the second was an 81-year-old Warwickshire man named… William Shakespeare!
CNN reports that Shakespeare, who goes by Bill, is a patient on the hospital's frailty ward and was surrounded by his grandchildren's artwork when he received the shot.
After British lawmakers authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week, the U.K. became the first Western country to start a mass vaccination program.
Though injections are already being administered, officials say the program could take months.
“We still have a long road ahead of us, but this marks the route out,” British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC.
Per the AP, the U.K. received 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which can vaccinate 400,000 people.
The first shots will be distributed to people over 80 who are either hospitalized or already have outpatient appointments scheduled, as well as healthcare employees.
According to The New York Times, as of Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. EST, there have been more than 67,727,800 reported cases of COVID-19 in the world, with at least 1,546,700 deaths due to coronavirus-related complications.