Nurse first in Netherlands to get COVID-19 vaccination

39-year-old nursing home worker Sanna Elkadiri receives the first Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the Netherlands, the last country in the European Union to start vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Veghel, Netherlands, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool reuters_tickers
This content was published on January 6, 2021 - 09:01

VEGHEL, Netherlands (Reuters) - A Dutch nurse on Wednesday became the first person in the Netherlands to receive a COVID-19 shot as one of Europe's last vaccination programmes for the new coronavirus got underway after a late start.

Sanna Elkadiri, a 39-year-old who cares for dementia patients at a care home in the east of the country, received a shot of the Pfizer vaccine on live television.

"This is the beginning of the end of this crisis," said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge at a brief ceremony.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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