An 81-year-old man who grew to become the second individual within the UK to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine has died of an unrelated sickness. William Shakespeare, who goes by Bill, died of a stroke. Mr Shakespeare was a affected person at University Hospitals Coventry’s frailty ward when he acquired his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab in early December.
Then, he had gained worldwide consideration not simply due to his age but in addition as a result of he shared his identify with the world’s biggest playwright and poet of the 16th century.
Mr Shakespeare was administered the COVID-19 vaccine on December 8, shortly after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan, the primary individual within the nation to get the shot. Mr Shakespeare’s pal and Coventry councillor Jayne Innes instructed the BBC he had died on Thursday and added the “best tribute to Bill is to have the jab”.
Mr Shakespeare had been a parish councillor for 30 years and chaired the council for 20 of these. “He was such a lovely man, one who had a real commitment to making his local area better,” Ms Jayne instructed Coventry Live, an area information outlet.
In a tribute, his spouse, Joy, stated Mr Shakespeare felt very grateful and vastly pleased with being provided the chance to turn into one of many first individuals on the earth to be given the vaccine. Mr Shakespeare cherished seeing the media protection about him in December and would typically speak about it to individuals to encourage them “to get their vaccine each time he may,” she added. Apart from his spouse, Mr Shakespeare is survived by two grownup sons and grandchildren.
The West Midlands Labour group stated on Twitter that Mr Shakespeare’s many years of service to the social gathering have been lately recognised. “Our ideas are with Joy and Bill’s household and mates.”
We’re sorry to listen to of the demise of Coventry Labour stalwart Bill Shakespeare. Bill made international headlines as 1st first man to have Covid vaccine. His many years of service to the social gathering have been lately recognised by @Keir_Starmer. Our ideas are with Joy and Bill’s household & mates. pic.twitter.com/ANCTeGFYEs
— cccccc(@WMLabour) May 24, 2021
Mr Shakespeare was a gifted photographer and cherished all types of music, particularly jazz and repeatedly attended gigs to take photos of the musicians.