Queen tells doubtful Brits not to be selfish and get Covid jab

Feb 26, 2021
The Queen is encouraging people to get the Covid-19 jab. Source: Getty.

The Queen has encouraged Brits with doubts on whether or not they should get the Covid-19 jab to “think about other people rather than themselves”.

In a video call with health officials leading the vaccine rollout across the UK, the 94-year-old monarch, who received the first dose of the jab back in January alongside her husband Prince Philip, 99, noted that her own vaccination process was “very quick” and “didn’t hurt at all”.

“As far as I can make out it was quite harmless,” she said. “I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine.”

Queen Elizabeth went on to say: “Well once you’ve had the vaccine, you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected. Which is I think very important. I think the other thing is, it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine. They ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”


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While royal fans were quick to praise the Queen on her comments, others pointed out the special way the monarch honoured her husband, who was taken to hospital over a week ago, in the video call. According to a news.com.au report, the brooch the monarch chose to wear for the video call is actually pretty sentimental to both her and the Duke of Edinburgh. She first wore the Diamond Clematis Brooch in her official 1947 engagement photos.

It comes just a few days after the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward commented on his father’s health. Edward told Sky News on Tuesday that his father has improved. “I did speak to him the other day, so he’s a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing,” Prince Edward, 56, said. “So we keep our fingers crossed.”

Philip was admitted to London’s King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday, February 16, as a precaution after feeling unwell.

Edward’s comments come the same day Buckingham Palace also shared an update on Prince Philip’s health. The palace said in a statement on Tuesday, obtained by news.com.au, that the duke will remain in hospital for now.

The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII’s Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection,” the palace said. “He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.”

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