Margaret Keenan - known as Maggie to friends and family - celebrated with a cup of tea after being given the life-saving Covid jab at 6.31am at her local hospital in Coventry, West Mids.
She is among hundreds of OAPs and NHS staff to receive the vaccine on what is being dubbed V-Day after the UK became the first country in the world to start using the Pfizer vaccine after regulators approved its use last week.
Maggie, who turns 91 next week, said: "I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19, it’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after being on my own for most of the year.”
Mrs Keenan, a former jewellery shop assistant who only retired four years ago, was given the jab by NHS nurse May Parsons.
The gran-of-four said: "I can't thank May and the NHS staff enough who have looked after me tremendously, and my advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it - if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too."
She added: "I don't mind the attention, it doesn't bother me. I'm just happy to have it done.
"This is a terrible disease so we do want rid of it, so anything that helps is a bonus, isn't it?"
The second person to have the injection was 81-year-old William "Bill" Shakespeare, an in-patient on the hospital's frailty wards from Coventry who, appropriately, is local to his namesake's county of birth, Warwickshire.
He said he was "pleased" to be given the jab, adding: "I need to say, the staff at this hospital are wonderful."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the start of the roll out of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine meant there was "finally" a "way through" the coronavirus crisis.
He told Sky News: "I'm feeling quite emotional actually watching those pictures.
"It has been such a tough year for so many people and finally we have our way through it - our light at the end of the tunnel as so many people are saying...
source: The Sun