Queen Elizabeth, husband Philip receive Covid-19 vaccine
Published: 11:14 AM, 10 January 2021 Updated: 04:22 PM, 10 January 2021
Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Philip have received their Covid-19 vaccinations on Saturday. The Queen is 94 years old and Philip is 99.
In a statement, the Buckingham Palace said, "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations."
According to a royal source, the vaccines were administered by a household doctor at the queen's Windsor Castle residence, adding that she made the news public to counter any speculation.
In March last year, the couple's son Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus and went into isolation. The 72-year-old later said he was lucky to only experience mild symptoms, adding he'd "got away with it quite lightly."
Meanwhile, their grandson Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, also tested positive for the virus earlier this year, UK media reported, though exactly when he contracted the virus is unclear.
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.
More than 1.5 million people in Britain have so far received virus jabs, as the biggest immunisation programme in its history rolls out with priority given to the elderly, their carers and health workers.
The government plans to vaccinate around 15 million people by mid-February, to ease a new strict lockdown imposed after a spike in cases to daily records.
Britain, which has so far administered two types of vaccines, is racing to inoculate as many people as possible as a new variant believed to be more contagious pushes infections and deaths to unprecedented levels.
The UK has recorded more than 3 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 80,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. It reported 1,325 coronavirus-related fatalities on Friday - its highest ever daily increase in deaths. - France 24, CNN