Filipina nurse makes history in the UK

A FILIPINA nurse was thrust in the spotlight as she administered the Covid-19 vaccine to a 90-year-old British woman, the first to be inoculated outside clinical trials.

British ambassador to the Philippines and Palau, Daniel Pruce, in his Twitter account revealed Filipina May Parsons as the nurse who administered the vaccine to Margaret Keenan, according to the Inquirer.net portal.

Nurse May Parsons carrying a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry, central England on Tuesday. -- AFP
Nurse May Parsons carrying a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry, central England on Tuesday. — AFP

In expressing his gratitude, Pruce thanked Filipino healthcare workers for the “enormous contribution” to the country’s fight against Covid-19.

“A fantastic moment. And great to see that the vaccine is administered by Nurse May Parsons from the Philippines, one of the many thousands of Filipino healthcare workers making such an enormous contribution to the #NHS (National Health Service),” Pruce tweeted.

Parsons, who has worked for the UK NHS the last 24 years, described her task at the University Hospital in Coventry as a “huge honour” to be part of history, in a report by The Irish Times.

“I’m just glad that I’m able to play a part in this historic day. The last few months have been tough for all of us working in the NHS, but now it feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Parsons said.

The UK was the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use, in another report by the BBC. 

The vaccine administered on Keenan was the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that will be dispensed in the coming weeks. Up to four million more are expected by the end of the month.

The second person vaccinated in Coventry was William Shakespeare, 81, from Warwickshire, who said he was “pleased” to be given the jab and the hospital staff had been “wonderful”.

In the Philippines, Covid-19 cases surged to 442,785 as of Tuesday according to its Department of Health.

NST

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