May Parsons, a Filipina nurse working in the UK who gave the world’s first COVID-19 vaccination on December 8, 2020, is set to receive the Queen’s highest honor for valor on July 12 on behalf of the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom.
She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in nursing, and before departing for the UK in 2003, she worked at the UST Hospital.
Together with NHS CEO Amanda Pritchard, Parsons will accept the George Cross on behalf of the 1.5 million NHS employees working in England.
The George Cross is the highest honor given by the British government to individuals who shown valor when no enemy was present. Its status is comparable to that of the Victoria Cross.
On July 12, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, and UK Queen Elizabeth II will present Parsons at Windsor Castle.