Queen Elizabeth will take COVID-19 vaccine, then leave seclusion

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: to take COVID-19 vaccine

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip will take the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and will “let it be known” they have done so.

The Times newspaper reported this Sunday, citing anonymous royal aides.

The 94-year-old monarch and her 99-year-old spouse are likely to be among the first to be offered a jab.

This is because they fall among elderly people that government has prioritised to receive the vaccine first as it begins the rollout of the vaccine this week.

Government endorsed the vaccine for use on Dec. 2, the first country to do so.

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The queen is highly admired in British society, and her public backing for the vaccine would be a powerful message to counter anti-vaccination misinformation circulating online.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 60,000 people in the United Kingdom and infected more than 1.7 million.

The royal family has not been untouched, with both heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his eldest son Prince William testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the year.

Under the government’s priority list for the vaccine roll-out, the first doses are intended to be given to elderly care home residents and their carers, followed by people over 80 and health service staff.

The Times said that in 1957, the queen made public that Charles and his sister Princess Anne, then 8 and 6, had been inoculated against polio, helping to ease concerns about potential side-effects of what was then a new vaccine.

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