The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in the United Kingdom started this Tuesday and, on the day, a very peculiar name ‘jumped’: William Shakespeare . If the first thing that came to your mind was the author of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet , it’s that you like English literature, but this time, it’s about an 81-year-old man.
Shakespeare, who is called ‘Bill’, received the injection from Pfizer at Coventry University Hospital. However, although he is a man born in the 20th century (and not the 16th), he does have one point in common with the writer: he is a native of Warwickshire, the same county where the author of Othello grew up .
‘Bill’ Shakespeare was the second patient to be injected. The first person to be vaccinated was Margaret Keenan , a grandmother who will turn 91 next week. He obtained the dose in the same hospital. Keenan said she felt “very privileged to be the first person to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”
The first 800 thousand doses will be for people over 80 who are hospitalized or have medical appointments, as well as nursing home workers. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on reports that Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and her husband, Prince Philip, 99, would be vaccinated as a public example of the drug’s safety.
The public health authorities asked the population to be patient, because in the early stages only those most at risk would be vaccinated. The medical staff will contact patients to set up appointments, and most will have to wait until next year until there are enough vaccinations to expand the program.