William Shakespeare, the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine is dead just five months after receiving the full dose of the vaccine.
Shakespeare who was globally known as Bill died at the age of 81 after suffering a stroke.
Shakespeare made global headlines on so-called V-Day on December 8 when he received the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at the University Hospital Coventry.
Shakespeare, the former Rolls Royce employee and parish councilor passed away from a stroke last Thursday, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said, after a period of illness at the same hospital where he famously received his vaccine. He leaves behind his wife Joy, their two adult sons, and four grandchildren.
His wife penned down a moving tribute in his honor stating he was so much grateful being the first person in the world to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
“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.
“He often talked to people about it and would always encourage everyone to get their vaccine whenever he could.”
She added: “Bill had the most wonderful care at the hospital. Absolutely wonderful. All of the staff were so caring, compassionate, and respectful and we couldn’t be more grateful. They are an absolute credit to their profession and the NHS.”
Shakespeare was in Coventry and served as a Parish Councillor for over 30 years at Allesley Parish. He was involved in community works such as planting trees and creating of Coundon Wood.
He helped with the local fundraising to purchase Elkin Wood, now managed by The Woodland Trust.
‘Bill loved meeting people and helping them in any way possible,’ said Joy. ‘Most of all he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, nicknamed Pop Pops by the grandchildren. He left a huge imprint on everyone who knew him and will be greatly missed.’
He was a long-term patient at the Coventry hospital’s frailty ward. He was an in-patient on the ward when he received his vaccine in December, which he described as ‘wonderful’.
Shakespeare made headlines with his photo circulating all over in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.