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Margaret Keenan, whose name is forever destined to be the answer in various quizzes, turned 91 the following week. The jolly grandmother turned up for her jab and global photo call in a natty Christmas penguin T-shirt and said it was, ‘… the best early birthday present I could wish for.’ She urged everyone, ‘Go for it because it’s free.’ The second recipient was an 81-year-old man with the improbable name of William Shakespeare from - I kid you not - Warwickshire. insisted that he felt the jab was ‘much ado about nothing’. Everybody wanted their say on this extraordinary occasion. The optimistic health secretary, Matt Hancock, wanted all to know that he had already booked his 2021 holiday – in Cornwall. It was left to the realistic Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, to caution, ‘It may be that next winter, even with vaccination, we need measures like masks in place. We don’t know yet how good all the vaccines are going to be at preventing the transmission of the virus.’ This historic,
To be continued!