Margaret helps hospital charity launch fundraising t-shirt, one year after receiving world’s first Covid vaccine

THE WOMAN who received the world’s first Covid-19 vaccination at Coventry University Hospital (UHC) a year ago is celebrating the anniversary by helping to raise funds for UHC and Rugby Hospital in St Cross.

On December 8 last year, the world watched Matron May Parsons administer the first Covid-19 vaccine to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan – but the vaccine wasn’t the only thing that caught people’s attention.

Margaret’s blue “Penguino” t-shirt – the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity Christmas t-shirt, normally purchased by staff to wear on wards – became a global sensation overnight.

Penguino gained popularity around the world and became a symbol of the joy and hope brought by the first vaccination.

Now, a year later, the association has launched a new t-shirt for 2021 with the mascot Penguino and new friends.

To commemorate the anniversary of the first vaccine, staff are encouraged to wear the t-shirt on December 8 – and again on December 10 to celebrate Christmas t-shirt day.

UHCW Charity Director Jo O’Sullivan said: “We are delighted to share our 2021 Penguino and Friends Christmas T-shirt, proudly worn by our Charity Ambassadors Maggie Keenan and Matron May Parsons.

“All funds raised will make things better for staff, patients and their families over the Christmas season. “

Local company Uzin Utz UK is once again supporting the association by sponsoring this year’s t-shirt, as it did in 2020.

CEO Matthew Brown said, “The heroes of UHCW provide exceptional care and well-being to their patients. Our support over the past 18 months reflects our gratitude for their dedication and it is a privilege to once again sponsor Christmas T-shirts to commemorate their accomplishments.

Wednesday December 8 is the anniversary of the first Covid-19 vaccine, nicknamed International Penguin Day by the association. Friday December 10 is UHCW Christmas T-Shirt Day.

Visit to shop for the 2020 and 2021 Penguino t-shirts for £ 10 each. All proceeds will go to UHC and St Cross.

Visit for more information on the UHCW association.

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