Proud moment: May Parsons, who has worked with the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) for 17 years, delivered the world’s first approved coronavirus vaccine to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan at a hospital in Coventry, England.
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.”
Cheered online: Parsons’ participation in the event, which highlights the contributions of Filipino nurses to foreign health systems, has been lauded by many on social media.
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.”
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