Coronavirus UK: William Shakespeare from Warwickshire was first man to receive Covid vaccine

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Coronavirus UK: William Shakespeare from Warwickshire was first man to receive Covid vaccine
Coronavirus UK: William Shakespeare from Warwickshire was first man to receive Covid vaccine

The second patient to get the coronavirus vaccine jab at University Hospital Coventry has been named as William Shakespeare from Warwickshire.

He follows Margaret Keenan in becoming one of the first to receive the coronavirus Pfizer vaccine jabs in England.

Margaret Keenan, who is marking her 91st birthday on Tuesday next week, said: “Hopefully it’ll help other people come along and do what I did, and try and do the best to get rid of this terrible thing.”

Speaking from the vaccination clinic at University Hospital Coventry on Tuesday, Mrs Keenan – known as Maggie – added: “To tell you the truth I got this opportunity of doing it, and I was in hospital.

“It was a great opportunity,” added Mrs Keenan, who only retired from her job in a jewellers four years ago.

“I know that one or two people on my ward are going to wait and have it done by the doctor, but because it was available for me today (I did it).

“I don’t mind the (media) attention, it doesn’t bother me.

“I’m just happy to have it done.”

The second person to have the injection was 81-year-old William “Bill” Shakespeare, an in-patient on the hospital’s frailty wards from Coventry who, appropriately, is local to his namesake’s county of birth, Warwickshire.

“I have a feeling he was specifically chosen for his name and the comms plan was that he was meant to be first…,” one replied.

A second Twitter user added: “Taming of the flu!”

“Glad he wasn’t Bard from having it,” added a third.

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