An 81-year-old man in the UK who made history when he became the first man in the world to have the COVID-19 vaccination has died of an unrelated illness on Tuesday.
The man named as William Shakespeare on December 8,2020 became the first man to have vaccinated against the coronavirus at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
Shakespeare received his first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the same hospital shortly after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan, who became the world's first person to get the jab.
His friend say "best tribute to Bill (his nickname) is to have the jab".
He passed away after a period of illness at the same hospital where he famously received his vaccine. He had worked at Rolls Royce and was a parish councillor.
Shakespeare had also served his local community in Allesley for more than three decades and was an inpatient on the hospital's frailty ward at the time of his first jab, said it had been "wonderful".
Shakespeare survived by his wife Joy, their two adult sons and grandsons.