Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip receive Covid19 shots
Britain’s 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth, who last month had her first COVID-19 vaccination dose, has said that getting the shot was very quick and did not hurt.
The monarch and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who is currently in hospital receiving treatment for a non-COVID infection, received their vaccines from a household doctor at the queen’s Windsor Castle residence, with their age putting them in the priority group for England’s coronavirus vaccine rollout.
“It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who have been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine,” The Queen said. “And the jab – it didn’t hurt at all.” “It is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves,” said the queen.
With a highly transmissible new variant of the virus surging across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shuttered the economy and is rushing out vaccines in a bid to stem the spread of the pandemic. The government plans to vaccinate the elderly, the vulnerable and frontline workers – around 15 million people – by mid-February, to ease a new strict lockdown imposed after a spike in cases to daily records.