A British man by the name of William Shakespeare is the second person in the UK to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but it’s obviously not the act of receiving the jab that’s gotten the world’s attention.
The 81-year old gent who hails from Warwickshire, the county where the actual English poet Shakespeare was born, received the shot at University Hospital Coventry on Tuesday.
After getting the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, Shakespeare said it was “groundbreaking” for him to receive the vaccine. “It could make a difference in our lives, couldn’t it? It’s started changing our lives and lifestyle,” he said.
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The first 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the UK will go to people above the age of 80 who are either hospitalised or already have appointments scheduled, including nursing home workers.
The vaccine is divided into two injections, 21 days apart, with the second dose being a booster. Immunity begins to kick in after the first dose but it will go into full effect seven days after the second one.
Margaret Keenan, a grandmother who turns 91-years old next week was the first person to receive the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech.
As the internet goes, there’s no short of Shakespearean puns with one Twitter user saying, “If Margaret Keenan is patient 1A for the vaccine, would William Shakespeare be 2B or not 2B?”