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Second Person In UK To Get Covid-19 Vaccine Is Called William Shakespeare

Second Person In UK To Get Covid-19 Vaccine Is Called William Shakespeare

An 81-year-old called William Shakespeare was the second Brit to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine today.

The Warwickshire local - who shares a name with the famous playwright - was given the jab at University Hospital Coventry in Warwickshire this morning.

As he watched Mr Shakespeare undergo the injection, health secretary Matt Hancock appeared briefly emotional, wiping a tear from his eye.

"It's been such a tough year for so many people," he said on Good Morning Britain. "And there's William Shakespeare putting it so simply for everybody, that we can get on with our lives.

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Bill thanked the hospital as he was given the jab (Credit: PA)
Bill thanked the hospital as he was given the jab (Credit: PA)

"There's so much work gone into this. It makes you so proud to be British."

Bill, who is an inpatient at University Coventry Hospital's frailty ward, commented after his vaccine: "I need to say, the staff at this hospital are wonderful."

In pictures from the moment he was vaccinated, Bill could be seen wearing festive slippers and a dressing gown.

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He followed 90-year-old British woman Margaret Keenan, who was the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

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Bill Shakespeare was the second to be vaccinated (Credit: PA)
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She received her injection at 06:31 GMT, making her the first person to receive one of the 800,000 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines that will be administered in the coming weeks.

"I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19, it's the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the new year after being on my own for most of the year," she said.

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"I can't thank May and the NHS staff enough who have looked after me tremendously, and my advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it - if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too."

The vaccine, which is reported to have an efficacy rate of 95 per cent, was green-lit by health regulator MHRA for use.

There are 800,000 currently scheduled to be administered in the coming weeks (Credit: PA)
There are 800,000 currently scheduled to be administered in the coming weeks (Credit: PA)

It comes after Matt Hancock wrote on Twitter recently: "The MHRA has formally authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19. The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.

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"The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply.

"Help is on the way."

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Topics: Life News, News, Coronavirus, health news, Health

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