Queen Elizabeth to get coronavirus vaccine ‘in weeks’
06 Dec 2020
Elizabeth II, with Prince Charles, delivers the Queen's Speech at the official State Opening of Parliament in London. File/AP
Gulf Today Report
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will get a vaccine within weeks. The monarch, 94, and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip are in line to get the jab early due to their age and will not receive preferential treatment, the Mail on Sunday reported.
The Queen will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, after UK regulators granted emergency approval and the world's first roll-out begins next week, reports late Saturday said.
The newspaper said Britain's most senior royals would reveal they have been given the inoculation "to encourage more people to take up the vital jab", amid fears so-called anti-vaxxers could dent enthusiasm for it.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II gestures for a photograph. File photo
Britain on Wednesday gave emergency approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, with health officials set to use criteria based on age and vulnerability to decide the order of people to receive it.
Elderly care home residents and their carers will be the very first to get inoculated, followed by those aged 80 and over and frontline health and care staff.
Other elderly people and the clinically extremely vulnerable will be next, with the rest of the population then prioritised by age.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to a request for comment.