The UK’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip is not going to get preferential remedy, however will as an alternative “wait in line” in the course of the first wave of the Covid-19 vaccines reserved for the over-80s and care dwelling residents, a media report stated citing sources.
The Every day Mail report on Saturday got here after the UK on December 2 accredited the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on unbiased recommendation of its medicines regulator.
The vaccine will probably be made accessible throughout the UK from subsequent week.
Care dwelling residents, well being and care employees, the aged and the clinically extraordinarily susceptible will obtain the vaccine on precedence foundation.
Operation Brave, the nation’s largest ever mass vaccination programme, will swing into motion on Tuesday with a lot of the 50 hospitals which have acquired the vaccine by then giving injections.
The sources instructed the Every day Mail that the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, will probably be eligible for the vaccine inside weeks and “have already accepted the supply on the recommendation of their medical doctors”.
“Public well being specialists consider that if the couple go public in regards to the jab, it may go an extended solution to combating misinformation unfold by conspiracy theorists which, it’s feared, may result in a considerable proportion of the inhabitants refusing the vaccine,” the newspaper report stated.
In line with the Every day Mail, discussions had been additionally underway in regards to the potential roles that could possibly be performed by Prince Charles and Prince William in publicising the vaccination programme.
However courtiers are involved that doing so is perhaps seen as “politicising” the household, in addition to amounting to an invasion of their medical privateness.
The youthful royals, together with Prince William and Kate Middleton, will not be in line for the jab till later in 2021 when it’s anticipated folks of their thirties will start being vaccinated.
Whereas Downing Avenue has declined to touch upon whether or not the Queen could be receiving a vaccine, a Buckingham Palace spokesman stated on Saturday evening: “Medical choices are private and this isn’t one thing we are going to touch upon.”
The information report comes as an extra 15,539 folks within the UK examined constructive for Covid-19 within the final 24 hours, growing the nation’s total caseload to 1,710,379, in accordance with official figures.
The loss of life toll in rose by 397 to 61,111.