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‘The Gentleman of Corona’: William Shakespeare becomes first man in UK to receive Covid-19 vaccine

Britain rolls out Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the hope All’s Well that Ends Well

UK’s second coronavirus vaccine went to man named William Shakespeare in a comedic turn that the bard himself could not have scripted better.

The Pfizer/BioNtech shot is being rolled-out across the UK today on what is being called V-Day, with the elderly first in line.

Mr Shakespeare, 81, received the shot in University Hospital Coventry, just 32 kilometres from the renowned playwright’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Inevitably, the news resulted in Twitter users flooding the social site with jokes and puns as they referred to Mr Shakespeare as the Gentleman of Corona.

Other users likened the vaccination campaign to the Taming of the Flu, adding that All’s Well that Ends Well.

Here is just some of the social media reaction online.

Earlier in the day, Margaret Keenan, 91, became the first person to be given a dose of the long-awaited vaccine.

“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Ms Keenan, who wore a surgical mask and a blue Merry Christmas T-shirt decorated with a cartoon penguin wearing a Santa hat.

“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.”

A relieved and emotional Health Secretary Matt Hancock appeared to cry on live TV after he was told about Mr Shakespeare and said it “made him proud to be British”.

Updated: December 8, 2020 08:54 PM

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