Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip will both “wait their turn” for the coronavirus vaccine, it has been revealed.
Palace sources say Her Majesty, 94, and her husband – who will celebrate his 100th birthday in June – are both eligible for the first wave of vaccinations due to their age but will “wait in line” until their names come up, according to MailOnSunday.
The vaccine roll-out will see the first doses go to elderly care home residents and their carers, followed by people over 80 and health service staff.
There have been widespread unfounded rumours about the various Covid-19 vaccines that are in development. But bosses have dismissed these and said it has been clinically tested.
A number of celebrities such as Strictly judge Craig Revel-Horwood, TV anchor Eamonn Holmes and Monty Python star Sir Michael Palin have all come forward to volunteer for early vaccination to encourage people to dismiss the baseless conspiracy theories.
Friend of the Daily Star Christopher Biggins is also among the high-profile personalities who are signing up for the jab.
Environment secretary George Eustice said that while having the vaccination is a ”personal decision” for the Queen but it is very important that people are reassured about this vaccine which he stressed “is safe and has been rigorously tested.”
There have been concerns that a public endorsement of the vaccine from Her Majesty would be somehow “politicising” the Royal Family, but the decision is not without precedent – In 1957, she announced that her children Prince Charles and Princess Anne had been given polio jabs to counter fears about that vaccine.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 1.7 million people in the UK and killed more than 60,000. The majority of the victims are the elderly and this with underlying medical conditions.
Even the royal family has been affected, with both Prince Charles and his son Prince William testing positive for the virus earlier in the year.
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