Global demand for charity shirt worn by first Covid vaccine woman

A charity T-shirt worn by the first woman to receive a Covid-19 vaccine outside of clinical trials has seen a massive increase in sales after orders poured in from all over the world.

Margaret Keenan, 90, received the Pfizer jab in Coventry on Tuesday while wearing a Christmas penguin top that is being sold to raise money for the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) Charity.

The exposure of photos and videos of Ms. Keenan shown around the world led to sales of the shirt rising 300%, the charity said.

Jo O’Sullivan, director of UHCW Charity, said she was’ so emotional ‘, telling LBC,’ We dressed her in the T-shirt and some clothes we bought for her too, just to make her feel more human. felt instead of in a hospital gown.

“So we were very happy that she was happy to wear our T-shirt with pride and go on TV nationally, well internationally actually, to be the first to be vaccinated.”

Orders have been received since Tuesday, including from customers in China, Brazil and Germany.

An initial run of 500 shirts sold out, as was the subsequent restocking of an additional 850, and the charity has now ordered an additional 2,500 to meet the demand.

Ms O’Sullivan said it was a “huge boost” to have the first vaccination done in Coventry, adding: “To be honest it has been a tough job for the staff and everyone has been on their knees a bit and this really lifted everyone up to know that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. “

– The T-shirts are available for £ 8 at