William Shakespeare, first British man to be vaccinated against COVID, dies
A British man named William Shakespeare – the country’s first man and one of the first in the world to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine last December – has died of an unrelated illness. He was 81 years old.
He died Thursday at the same Coventry hospital where he received the vaccine, according to BirminghamLive. The nature of his illness was not immediately clear.
Upon his death tributes poured in for Shakespeare, who is fondly remembered as a “much-loved figure” of the Coventry Labor Party. Jayne Innes, a neighborhood councilor from Whoberley for 30 years who worked closely with Shakespeare, said he was an “avid photographer, loved jazz and socializing, and also loved the natural world and gardens.”
“Bill was a long-time activist so he was thrilled to be able to help everyone get vaccinated so that we could get back to everything we value in life,” she added. “I had my first. Having our jabs is the best tribute we can all pay to Bill.
Modern Shakespeare made headlines on December 8 when he received the blow at Coventry University Hospital, just 20 miles from the birthplace of famed playwright Stratford-Upon-Avon.
“I have to say the staff at this hospital are wonderful,” Shakespeare said after receiving the Pfizer vaccine.
The Warwickshire native was hospitalized in the hospital’s frailty ward when he received his dose of the vaccine, by BBC.
Her vaccination made headlines around the world – including on the front page of The Post, where she was dubbed “Taming the Flu.”
Shakespeare leaves behind his wife, Joy, and his two sons, Julian and William. He was also a grandfather.