Bill Shakespeare, who is the second person in the UK to get the Pfizer-BioNTech jab has died of an unrelated illness.
Shakespeare received his first Covid vaccine in December at University Hospital Coventry shortly after 91-year-old, Margaret Keenan, who first got the jab.
Coventry councilor, Jayne Innes, a friend of Shakespeare, said he had died on Thursday and added the “best tribute to Bill is to have the jab.”
Shakespeare had worked at Rolls-Royce and was a parish councilor.
It was reported that the 81-year-old, who had served his local community in Allesley for more than three decades, died of a stroke.
Shakespeare, who had lived in Brownshill Green, was an inpatient on the hospital’s frailty ward at the time of his first jab, and said it had been “wonderful”.
His wife in a tribute said: “Bill was so grateful for being offered the opportunity to become one of the first people in the world to be given the vaccine.