Agnes Lovatt, 82,, has become the first person at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to try the coronavirus vaccine. At around 7.40am today (8th December), she received the potentially life-saving jab.
A spokesman for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals said: “Proud to have given our first COVID-19 vaccination to 82-year-old Agnes Lovatt from Lytham St Annes who praised our “excellent” staff – and even brought them some lovely biscuits.”
Doreen Mckeown, 81, also received the vaccine just minutes before in Royal Preston Hospital.
A spokesman for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said: “So proud to have given our first COVID-19 vaccination to 81-year-old Doreen McKeown at 7.20am this morning at Royal Preston Hospital.
“Doreen is one of our volunteers so we are delighted to give something back to someone who gives us so much.”
The two women are among the first patients in the world to receive the vaccine which was created by Pfizer/BioNTech, after England became the first county to approve the vaccine for mass administration.
The two hospitals are among 50 ‘vaccine hubs’ across the UK, with NHS having prepared for the ‘biggest immunisation programme‘ in NHS history.