The first Man To Receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Is An Englishman Named William Shakespeare, And The Internet Is Having A Field Day

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You know this dude has never been able to properly make dinner reservations! Imagine calling a restaurant and reserving a table under ‘William Shakespeare’? You know you are getting hung up on.

One of the first people injected with Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine outside trials in England was called William Shakespeare.

The first recipient was Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother, who was injected at 6:31 a.m. local time at University Hospital in Coventry, Warwickshire.

Moments later, 81-year-old William Shakespeare became the first man to be inoculated, the BBC said.

Shakespeare, who like the 16th century bard, grew up in Warwickshire, said he was “pleased” and praised the staff at the hospital, which is just 20 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous playwright and poet.

The irony was not lost on the internet, which seized on the coincidence.

One popular comment described the moment as “The Taming of the Flu” – a play on the title of Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”