First people in Greater Manchester receive the coronavirus vaccine

Pictures show the first patient in Greater Manchester receiving the Covid-19 vaccine – a watershed moment in the fight against coronavirus. 

Ted, aged 86, received the jab at Salford Royal Hospital, one of 50 hospital hubs in the UK to administer the jabs on Tuesday.

The landmark moment was captured on camera as the inoculation programme began.

Salford Royal and Stepping Hill in Stockport are two of the 50 hospital hubs in the country to administer the jabs in the first wave of vaccinations.

The UK was the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine.

A&E doctor Chris Booth getting the jab
(Image: Warren Smith)

And the very first person in the world to receive the jab on the NHS was Margaret Keenan, 90, at University Hospital, Coventry.

Reacting on Twitter, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham wrote that Maggie was ‘old enough and wise enough’ to not see a shred of truth in scare stories about the jab.

“Well done Maggie, leading the way for humanity!,” he wrote. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ‘immensely proud’ of the scientists who have developed the vaccine.

He also heaped praise on NHS staff for working ‘tirelessly’ to make the vaccine rollout happen.

The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be 95pc effective against Covid-19.

It works across all age groups, including the elderly.

George Poole, 84, from Irlam
(Image: Warren Smith)

Among the first people to receive it will be the over-80s, care home staff and health workers.

The eventual aim will be to vaccinate millions of people against Covid-19.

After an initial dose, a second jab must be given 21 days later.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock dubbed today V-Day.

He said: “We will look back on today, V-Day, as a key moment in our fight back against this terrible disease, and I am proud our health services across the United Kingdom are about to embark on our largest ever vaccination programme.

“With over-80s and frontline health and care staff receiving their vaccinations from today, the whole country will breathe a collective sigh of relief as our most vulnerable loved ones start to be given protection from the virus.

“Now’s the time to sit tight and remain patient until you get notified by the NHS that it’s time for your vaccination.

“We can see light at the end of the tunnel but still have a long way to go.”

Mick Newell getting the vaccine
(Image: Warren Smith)

In a tweet posted on Tuesday morning, prime minister Boris Johnson wrote: “Today the first vaccinations in the UK against COVID-19 begin. Thank you to our NHS, to all of the scientists who worked so hard to develop this vaccine, to all the volunteers – and to everyone who has been following the rules to protect others.

“We will beat this together.”

In a statement, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: “Today is a watershed moment in the fight against Covid-19 as the first vaccinations are administered.

“It is testament to the efforts of all the scientists, researchers, manufacturers and the thousands of volunteers who took part in clinical trials who made this moment possible.

“While we are the first to start our vaccination programme here in the UK, tackling this pandemic is a truly global scientific endeavour.

“Whilst we start the first steps on the path to getting back to normality in due course, we need to remain vigilant not let our guard down as the vaccine is rolled out, but this is still a tremendous day of celebration.”

The news comes as a further 18 deaths were confirmed at hospitals in Greater Manchester yesterday, bringing the total in our region to 3,787.

|Ma Evening Post