The Most Touching Photos of People Getting a Covid-19 Vaccine

The first people in the U.K. received an approved vaccine this week and the pictures are a delight

Margaret Keenan, 90, is the first person in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine. She is with health care assistant Lorraine Hill as she prepares to leave University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, the day after receiving the first of two doses of the vaccine on December 9. Credit: Pool/Getty Images

This week the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine made significant strides, including an approval and vaccine rollout in the U.K. More than 50 hospitals across England were designated as Covid-19 vaccine hubs, to implement the first round of vaccines. National Health Service staff, people over age 80, and home care residents were among the first to be vaccinated.

The first person to receive the vaccine was Margaret Keenan, 90, (above and below) who left the hospital where she was vaccinated to the cheers of staff.

Keenan leaving the hospital with grandson Conor (L) and daughter Sue (R), the day after receiving the first of two doses of the vaccine. Credit: Getty/Pool.
Keenan is applauded by staff after getting vaccinated.

My personal favorite photos are from the Covid-19 vaccination of Henry (Jack) Vokes, age 98, who underwent the process with enthusiasm.

Henry (Jack) Vokes, 98, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, in Bristol, United Kingdom. Credit: Pool/Getty Images
More Jack. Credit: Pool/Getty Images

And below are more touching moments from the vaccination campaign across the U.K.

Josephine Faleye, 80, with senior nurse Dilhani Somaweera, was one of the first people vaccinated at the Royal Free hospital in London. Credit: Pool/Getty
Retired nurse Suzanne Medows (L) prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Ranju Shukla (R) and her husband Dr Hari Shukla at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, England. Credit: Pool/Getty Images.
Anthony Moore shows his record card after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Northern General Hospital. Credit: Pool/Getty Images
Patient Trixie Walker receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Northern General Hospital. Credit: Pool/Getty Images
Lorna Lucas, 81, reacts as she receives the first dose of her vaccination shortly before her husband, Winston (left), also has one administered. Credit: Pool / Getty Images
General manager of Covid Recovery Becky Board, prepares to administer the first Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in London to patient George Dyer, 90, at Croydon University Hospital. Credit: Pool/Getty Images




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Alexandra Sifferlin

Alexandra Sifferlin

Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that

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