- Parsons is one of the over 22,000 Filipinos currently working for the U.K.’s healthcare system.
- In a statement released by the NHS, Parsons said she’s happy to take part in the “historic day,” which has been called “V-Day,” The Guardian reports.
- “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,” she was quoted as saying.
- Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Parsons also said she has lots of experience administering vaccinations in her 24 years as a nurse.
- She added that she was “very proud to say to everyone I am a Filipino-British today making history.”
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- British Ambassador to the Philippines, Daniel Pruce, tweeted: “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.”
- U.K. State Minister Nigel Adams said it was “Great to see Matron May Parsons, originally from #Philippines deliver world’s first vaccine shot. Our NHS is proud to have such dedicated health workers.”
- The Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr, also said he was “so proud” of Parsons via a tweet.