The United Kingdom started to distribute the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine — and the second person to get it was, apparently, William Shakespeare.

What’s going on?

Shakespeare, 81, became the second person in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the University Hospital Coventry, England, ABC News reports.

  • Of course, Shakespeare was named after William Shakespeare, the famous poet and writer.
  • Shakespeare said he was “pleased” to get the vaccine, describing the staff at the hospital as “wonderful.”

Not the first

Margaret Keenan, a grandmother of four, was the first person in the United Kingdom to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, NPR reports.

  • “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19,” she said. “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.”

Social media reaction

Some on social media consider Margaret Keenan as patient 1A. So would that make Shakespeare “Patient 2B or not 2B?”

Others made puns about Shakespeare on social media.