95-year-old reveals first thing she will do after getting Covid vaccine

Liverpool/Coventry, UK- Ethel Jean Murdoch is looking forward to finally hugging her great-great grandson James now that she's gotten the first of her two coronavirus shots.

The coronavirus vaccine that Ethel got was developed by BioNTech and Pfizer (stock image).
The coronavirus vaccine that Ethel got was developed by BioNTech and Pfizer (stock image).  © 123RF/Ralf Liebhold

Ethel, who is 95, hasn't been able to meet her grandson since the pandemic started. The baby boy was born on August 30 but she had to stay away due to her vulnerable age.

She said that the past months had been a difficult time. But the elderly Brit was relaxed and smiled while she got her shot.

According to the manufacturer, the vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German-based partner BioNTech only offers full protection after a second dose is administered about three weeks after their first one.

Britain started its vaccination campaign on Tuesday. People over 80, employees and residents of nursing homes, as well as particularly vulnerable medical staff are eligible at this stage.

The first person to be vaccinated was Margaret Keenan. She left the hospital in Coventry on Wednesday, accompanied by daughter Sue and grandson Conor.

In a statement from the National Health Service (NHS), Maggie was quoted as saying: "Yesterday was a massive day for me personally and for the rest of the world as we all look to get back to some sort of normality. It has all been such a whirlwind and everything hasn't really sunk in yet. I feel great and I'm so pleased to be able to go home and to spend some quality time with my family."

Cover photo: 123RF/Ralf Liebhold

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