Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

The 81-year old who was among the first persons in the world to receive the vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has died of an illness not related to the virus.

William “Bill” Shakespeare, 81, hogged the headlines after becoming the second person in the world to be given the Covid-19 vaccine dose of Pfizer-BioNTech jab at Coventry’s University Hospital last December. He was preceded by 91-year old Margaret Keenan.

The former parish councillor, who died after suffering a stroke, said he was proud of being among the first people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, according to his wife Joy in a statement released through University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

“Bill was so grateful for being offered the opportunity to become one of the first people in the world to be given the vaccine. It was something he was hugely proud of – he loved seeing the media coverage and the positive difference he was able to make to the lives of so many,” Joy said.

“He often talked to people about it and would always encourage everyone to get their vaccine whenever he could,” she added.

Shakespeare has two children and four grandchildren died peacefully on Thursday last week at University Hospital. SOVEREIGNPH

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