The Queen has urged all Britons to think of others. As they decide whether to get the vaccine or not.
The Queen urges all Britons to get the COVID vaccine: She was quoted as saying “It didn’t hurt at all”. In a rare and open talk about her own medical status the Queen said the process is “very quick”. Speaking to health advisors across the UK about her experience she appeared on video. It was the first time since her husband, Prince Philip, had been admitted to hospital. Asked for feedback on the jab the 94-year-old monarch laughed as she said. “Well, as far as I can make out it was quite harmless.
It was very quick. And I’ve had lots of letters from people who have been surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine. And the jab – it didn’t hurt at all.” Leading the vaccine deployment programme for the NHS in England, Dr Emily Wilson, told the Queen. “We hope everyone who is offered the vaccine will take it up. Because it is our best chance to protect both the people who take up the vaccine, their families and their communities.”
In her reply the Queen said. “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, that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine. But they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”
She added “I think it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done. And so many people have had the vaccine already.”
Also on the call was deputy chief medical officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Naresh Chada, who told the Queen “We know that this is probably the largest and most disruptive pandemic that we face globally, and within the UK, for over 100 years, and now there’ll be a continual battle of the vaccine versus the virus and its mutations. But I’ve got absolute faith, both in the medical research community – both here in the UK and globally – that we will keep one step ahead of the virus, and that will definitely lead to better times, for all of us.”
The Queen replied “I think this is…very unusual. I mean it’s a bit like a plague, isn’t it? Because it’s not only here that we’ve got the virus but it’s everywhere, so it’s a strange battle that everybody’s actually fighting.” Head of the Scottish government’s Vaccinations Division, Derek Grieve, also spoke about the community spirit of people in Scotland after they set up vaccine stations, saying “So my lasting reflection ma’am would be if I could bottle this community spirit and use it, not just for the vaccination programme but for other things, I think the job would be done.”
The Queen replied “Wouldn’t it be nice.” Well, having lived in the war. It’s very much like that, you know, when everybody had the same idea. And I think this has rather, sort of, inspired that – hasn’t it?”
Speaking after the call, Dr Lawson said the Queen’s comments were an “incredibly important vote of confidence in the programme.
We just want to make sure we create the conditions where everybody feels able to take up the offer of a vaccination when they’re called. And Her Majesty offering her view on that is a huge boost to our confidence and I hope to confidence more broadly in the programme.” In a rare statement Buckingham Palace confirmed that both the Queen and Prince Philip had received their vaccinations.
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