The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are given Covid vaccine: 94-year-old Monarch and Prince Philip, 99, are inoculated at Windsor Castle
- Monarch and Duke of Edinburgh given Covid vaccine by royal household doctor
- Pair received the jab at Windsor Castle around a month after first vaccines given
- Queen decided the information should be made public to avoid inaccuracies
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace revealed today.
The Monarch, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, have joined more than a million people across Britain who have been administered the jab since the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in December.
The UK has since permitted the use of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab, and an inoculation against coronavirus developed by Moderna.
News of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s vaccination is unusual from Buckingham Palace, which rarely comments on the private health matters of the royal couple.
It is understood the Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations.’
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have received their Covid-19 vaccinations, joining more than a million people who have been given the jab
A royal source confirmed the injections were administered by a Household Doctor at Windsor Castle.
The Queen and Philip have been spending the lockdown in England sheltering at their Windsor Castle home after deciding to have a quiet Christmas at their Berkshire residence, and forgo the traditional royal family gathering at Sandringham.
Confirmation of the royal couple’s inoculations comes a month after British grandmother Margaret Keenan, 91, became the first person in the world to receive a Covid-19 vaccination on December 8.
It has since been offered to people over 80s or those who are at high risk from the virus, with people who live or work in care homes also top of the list to receive the jab.
Boris Johnson announced this week he will bring in the Army to bolster the vaccination drive, as he claimed the NHS will be able to give 200,000 jabs every day by next Friday as part of ambitious lockdown-ending plans.
The UK is aiming to vaccinate 13million people by mid-February, which could require up to three million per week.
Only 1.5million have received at least one dose so far — meaning there are another 11.5million to dish out in 39 days, or around 300,000 a day.
It comes as coronavirus cases continue to soar in the UK, with more than 68,000 infections recorded in a single day on Friday. A futher 1,325 deaths were confirmed yesterday, up from 613 a week ago.
Royal sources insisted last month that the Queen and Prince Philip would not get preferential treatment for the jab, but would instead ‘wait in line’ during the first wave of injections reserved for the over-80s and care home residents.
Public health experts said at the time that if the couple went public about the jab, it could go a long way to combating misinformation spread by conspiracy theorists which, it’s feared, could lead to a substantial proportion of the population refusing the vaccine.
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